Many preachers delight in afflicting the body of Christ. This has happened so often that many Christians have been conditioned to it. They don’t feel that they have really been to church unless they have had “their toes stepped on.” The true ministry of the Holy Spirit is a ministry of comfort
Roots develop underground, out of sight. Most people are wanting the visible results of fruit, but they don’t want to develop the root system necessary to produce and sustain fruit. A seed that germinates in shallow earth will put all its energy into growth above ground because there is nowhere else for its growth to go. So, at first, it looks better than the seed that is putting its effort into building a good root system. But when the sun starts drying out the plant, the root system isn’t there to sustain it, and it will wither and die.
Most people don’t like the root-building process. They want to experience the benefits of the Word that are visible in their lives, but they don’t want to just spend time alone with God in His Word, letting that Word get rooted and established in them. So, there can be visible results in a person’s life who only listens to someone else minister the Word. But when things get tough, only the Word that has
personal roots in our hearts will bear fruit.
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:” – Acts 2:17
This scripture clearly states that prophesying, seeing visions, and dreaming God-inspired dreams are associated with the infilling of the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the doorway into the miraculous realm of God!