I would like to introduce you to an old friend of mine. Many years ago He came into my life and totally rocked my world. He is that friend that makes you feel larger than life. You know the kind that when you are with him it seems that you have no need of anyone else. He is that person who constantly pours wisdom into your life and is able to correct you without wounding you. His words are like a healing balm soothing the soul. The fruit of joy, peace and love are byproducts of our relationship. Yes, He is the beloved Holy Spirit.
Several weeks ago I was sitting in my living room and our family was having a conversation about the importance of the Holy Spirit and His infilling. As I was listening I asked this question, do you make an effort to commune with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis? I know we all pray and have relationship with the Triune God but I mean do you intentionally pray in the Spirit? The answers varied some said not as much as I use too, or no I don’t but I should. The consensus was we should have a relationship with the Holy Spirit and like every relationship it should be cultivated.
After the conversation I started to go down memory lane and pondered on the day the Holy Spirit filled me to overflow. I was bound, weak and troubled and in an instance I was free, joyful and walking in a power I had never experienced before. My spirit man was alive my prayer life excelled and walking in HIM was just easier than it had been before.
Before you start running to conclusions and say she is one of those tongue talking women I want you to know I am not necessarily talking about praying in tongues. We need to get out of our minds the baptism of the Holy Spirit equals tongues that is just an all to common misunderstanding. However, I will tell you I believe in the gift of tongues and I believe it is for today and I believe it’s for everyone.
The questions that I had to ask myself as I pondered on the day of my infilling were these:
1. If the filling of the Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father then why not receive it. (Luke 11: 11-13Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a -snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
2. If it’s a specific event as scripture is clear in telling us then I need to experience it. (See Act 19 1-7, and that is just one of many)
3. If being filled with the Holy Spirit thrusts us into relationship with Him then I must continue it.
This third point is what I want to emphasize if the infilling of the Spirit thrusts us into relationship with Him then we must nurture it until we see Him face to face.
If you, like myself and some of the members of my family may have in one sense or the other neglected the relationship I want to encourage you to reignite the flame. Or if you are reading this blog and you have no idea what I am talking about and need a life changing experience then ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill you.
Let’s pray and stand on the truth of the WORD of God,
“Fill me know afresh. Lord, wake up in me that which has grown faint. Revive my being with your refreshing power. In Jesus Name.”
I leave you with these beautiful words from CH Sprugeon :
Common, too common is the sin of forgetting the Holy Spirit. This is folly and ingratitude. He deserves well at our hands, for he is good, supremely good. As God, he is good essentially. He shares in the threefold ascription of Holy, holy, holy, which ascends to the Triune Jehovah. Unmixed purity and truth, and grace is he. He is good benevolently, tenderly bearing with our waywardness, striving with our rebellious wills; quickening us from our death in sin, and then training us for the skies as a loving nurse fosters her child. How generous, forgiving, and tender is this patient Spirit of God. He is good operatively. All his works are good in the most eminent degree: he suggests good thoughts, prompts good actions, reveals good truths, applies good promises, assists in good attainments, and leads to good results. There is no spiritual good in all the world of which he is not the author and sustainer, and heaven itself will owe the perfect character of its redeemed inhabitants to his work. He is good officially; whether as Comforter, Instructor, Guide, Sanctifier, Quickener, or Intercessor, he fulfils his office well, and each work is fraught with the highest good to the church of God. They who yield to his influences become good, they who obey his impulses do good, they who live under his power receive good. Let us then act towards so good a person according to the dictates of gratitude. Let us revere his person, and adore him as God over all, blessed for ever; let us own his power, and our need of him by waiting upon him in all our holy enterprises; let us hourly seek his aid, and never grieve him; and let us speak to his praise whenever occasion occurs. The church will never prosper until more reverently it believes in the Holy Ghost. He is so good and kind, that it is sad indeed that he should be grieved by slights and negligences.