As you know from my last post… God is speaking to me about Holy Spirit.
I do not know about you, but in my walk I have learnt to know the Father and the Son really well, but it took much longer to know Holy Spirit. Soon after being born again, I spoke in tongues as the evidence of receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit. But it was many years before I had a revelation that Holy Spirit is actually a Person and I learnt to relate to Him like that. (Welcome Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn is great book on this!) I still see the Holy Spirit as someone who is there to help me, guide me, convict me of sin and comfort me.
All of this is true and these are characteristics of who He is…. but sometimes I feel that we see Holy Spirit as our personal 24/7 on-demand servant. As soon as we are in trouble, “Holy Spirit help me!” When we are sad and down, “Holy Spirit, comfort me, make me feel better!” When we have a big decision to make, “Holy Spirit, guide me!” And He does do all of this – but I have been having a nagging suspicion that there is SO MUCH MORE about Him that we do not know.
As I was pottering around the other day… I heard the Lord say to me, “You are about to get to know the Holy Spirit in a whole new way.” I immediately stopped what I was doing as I realized that I had been treating Holy Spirit as the ‘poor cousin’ of the Trinity. I know He is God, but somehow I do not have the same awe-filled, reverential fear of God for Holy Spirit as I have for both Father and Son. I suddenly realized how I had been treating Holy Spirit like my servant. I saw Him as the part of the godhead that must fulfil my needs. I was so convicted!!!! I started repenting…
God I repent for treating Holy Spirit like a servant. I repent for taking Him for granted. I repent that I have no fear of the Lord as far as Holy Spirit is concerned. Holy Spirit I need you and I want all of You. I want to know You in the fullness of who You are. COME HOLY SPIRIT!
This has been my prayer for the last few days – so imagine my surprise when I read a word released on The Elijah List this morning (11 September 2012) by James Goll entitled COME AGAIN HOLY SPIRIT. This is an excerpt of it:
All of a sudden, the late John Wimber, former leader of the Vineyard Movement and voice for the Third Wave, was firmly standing on the newly purple-carpeted platform. The cultural atmosphere was now pregnant with a realm of the glory and the thick majesty of God. Then I heard and felt the voice of John Wimber echo an invitation that rattled the entire place. He simply declared, “COME AGAIN HOLY SPIRIT!”
People started crashing to the floor en masse under the impact of the power and authority that resonated in those simple words. Once again another sound wave was released, “COME AGAIN HOLY SPIRIT.” It was not gentle Jesus showing up or the comforting dove of God manifesting. It was not just another renewal or revival meeting – though it seemed to include all of those qualities. It was the violent invasion of Heaven entering a time and space world. It was a Church quake.
I felt the reverberation coming off the sound waves of the voice of the invitation. It shook the very building, the grounds and all those present. The fear of the Lord fell and an earthquake of a 5.7 magnitude resulted. The quake resulted in an anointing resting on Psalm 57: “Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me. For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by. I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me. He will send from Heaven and save me.”
People screamed in terror as the entire grounds and buildings were rattled by the sound of God’s voice being heard and felt once again. Signs and wonders broke out but it appeared as an aftereffect, not the primary goal. Then a third time I heard the pronouncement from John Wimber, “COME AGAIN HOLY SPIRIT!” People crashed onto the floor in droves.
(See the full word at www.elijahlist.com)
I believe that as we cross into the new Jewish year of 5773, we are going to encounter Holy Spirit in a new dimension. As we finally step out of the old wineskin, and embrace God’s new wineskin for His church – Holy Spirit is coming to release the new wine of the new era. He is coming to release a fresh empowering to God’s people to fulfill their Kingdom assignments in this next season!
COME HOLY SPIRIT!