As I have been sitting with the Lord this morning praying, I am being reminded of a moment this week that occurred in personal worship. I want to share with you now what the Lord revealed to me.
I felt stirred in my spirit to sing a song of the Lord over the church. As I began, these words came:
“God, cause Your Holy Spirit to fall on us, rain down on us oh God!”
As I repeated this phrase, one that was familiar to me in worship, God stopped me and said “Melissa, I want you to pray this way.” At first I did not understand, but in that moment of surrender to, I heard God prompting me to sing:
“Rise up on the inside of Your Sons and Your Daughters, Rise UP in us oh God!”
Growing up I was exposed to the movement of Holy Spirit; I saw with my own eyes Holy Spirit “fall” on people, followed by physical manifestations. I watched as Pastors and Elders laid their hands on men and women of faith, and then had a physical reaction. Yet, I sensed in my spirit that there was something more to be seen and understood about Holy Spirit than I was seeing with my physical eyes.
I believe in the physical manifestation of Holy Spirit; I have experienced it first-hand. However, please also understand this. The role of Holy Spirit in our lives is not one that is just personal, meaning meant to be contained and experienced by just us. Jesus Himself tells us the reason for which Holy Spirit was sent. We are told in John 16 that He, the Holy Spirit was sent to speak to us what we need to know and understand in the hour in which we live.
Let’s look at a few verses:
“13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” (Eph 1:13-14)
Our lives were sealed, and filled with the Holy Spirit; the One who was sent by Jesus Himself to guide us into all truth, and to speak to us on behalf of Jesus (John 16:7-15).
Jesus proclaimed during His earthly ministry:
“38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:38-39).
Jesus has now been glorified, and His Holy Spirit has been given. His Holy Spirit has been sent to us, and is living on the inside of us, He is here in order to“…convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment…[and] guide [us] into all the truth.” (John 16:8,13).
Beloved, the work of God is from the inside out! Housed inside each one of God’s children is everything we need to accomplish ALL that He alone has called us into. We are about to move into a new level in the Church with God, and it is important that we understand that what is housed on the inside of us is meant to be released from us out into the world. The Living Water that Jesus spoke about is what is housed on the inside of God’s children.
Many, myself included, have been reluctant and perhaps even scared of what would happen to them when Holy Spirit comes upon them. I remember as a child seeing my parents, and others at my church, shaking, laughing, crying, and singing the Song of the Lord. I felt the power of God, but I also could sense in my spirit there was more than just the physical manifestations. I came to understand Holy Spirit as one who would “fall” on people, they would physically react, and then church was over and we went back to our every day lives; it remained an experience rather than a life transformed; this I know personally.
Beloved, in this hour, as we prepare to move into all God has spoken, and written about His Sons and Daughters, we must be willing to truly understand our Helper, the Holy Spirit. Physical manifestations are not intended to be the only sign of Holy Spirit’s movement in our lives- nor are they intended to be scary- truly it is also lives that have been radically transformed from the inside out, and are being guided into all truth; it is the evidence of Living Water pouring out of our hearts; it is God having His way, and His Kingdom being released”…on earth as it is in Heaven.” (Matthew 6:10).
Beloved, there is much to understand about the Holy Spirit in the days ahead, and I want to encourage your heart to be open to hear what God will say to His Son’s and Daughters. We will be learning the truth about Holy Spirit, and the way in which the gift of Holy Spirit will empower us to move for the sake of our King.
Take time to sit before the Lord, and ask Him to prepare you to hear truth and walk in it. The days that are ahead in 2016 are exciting- and the Holy Spirit has been given to us to “…guide us into all truth!”
Beloved, this is the Story He Wrote!