November 10, 2021
Dear IFCA Family,
Greetings in the name of the One who baptizes with the Holy Ghost and with fire!
As I begin writing this letter today, I do so with great excitement. Not just because I'm an advocate for the infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit; but rather, because of how perfectly it represents the next step of erecting God's true temple according to His Divine pattern.
Again, if you study it out, you'll find that the outer court of that Old Testament tabernacle with its brazen alter and brazen laver represented the place where all Israel could gather. The inner court, on the other hand, represented the place where only the priests could enter. Furthermore, the first piece of furniture which one would encounter upon entering it would be the golden candlestick.
And why is this so important to understand?
It's because apart from the light of the candlestick, the priests could not see to minister. That inner sanctuary not only had wood sides, it also had four layers of animal skins covering it. It was dark. In other words, apart from candlestick's light, the priests were unable to effectively carry out the divine service required therein and that is what is often missed and overlooked when it comes to why we need to be filled with the Spirit.
Well let me remind you that in this New Covenant dispensation, we all serve as part of God's royal priesthood. Simply put, we have all been called to divine service. But apart from the infilling and empowering of the Holy Spirit, we lack the very thing that God has provided for us to carry out our heavenly calling.
Again, to quote what the apostle Paul said in Acts 19:2, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?"
If not, then in essence you're trying to build without the light of God's candlestick.
Bro Rick George
IFCA General Overseer