Let’s have a wee look at Peter, so that we can answer the question, does the baptism of the Holy Spirit make a difference to a person.
Peter was an intriguing character; he walked on water and then he sank.
To be honest he was a touch unpredictable when we see him in the Gospels.
And at His hour of need we see Peter denying Jesus and pretending he did not know Him.
As Jesus was being ‘interrogated’ in the temple prior to His crucifixion Peter was asked three times if he was one of the followers of Jesus (John 18 v 17, 25 and 27).
On all three occasions Peter said he was not!
Yet after Pentecost, when Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit, we see Peter speaking up for Jesus in front of thousands of non-believers (Acts 2 v 14 onwards) and in front of the High Priest and the religious establishment of the day (Acts 4 v 8 onwards).
Peter had changed and the key is what we read in Acts 4 v 8; we are told Peter was ‘filled with the Holy Ghost’.
Peter had been furnished (enabled and equipped) with power in order to fulfil his mission from the Lord.
He was now ready and able to fulfil what the Lord had told him to do.
If you are filled (equipped and enabled) with the Holy Spirit you have the power that was promised by Jesus; you can now literally do anything!
If we are filled with the Holy Spirit we have been enabled and equipped with the same power that Peter had; think what we can do when we utilise that power!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and thank you that I am now equipped and enabled with power”.
Acts 4 v 8…..Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them…….