GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT SERIES – HOLY SPIRIT, THE GOD PERSON (2)
[BIBLE STUDY 0903]
Premise Scriptures: Acts 2:1-21, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 and Eph 4: 1-16
Desiring the Gift of the Holy Spirit
There are 3 levels of asking from God anything you desire from him. You can get it by asking, seeking or knocking on the door of heaven earnestly until you are given. One thing every child of God should desire with all their heart until they receive it is the Holy Spirit.
Asking for the Holy Spirit
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
A child looking forward to a great meal will expect bread, fish and egg and not stone, serpent and scorpion. Bread, fish, and egg are life sustaining. Stone, serpent and egg will harm a child. A father who gives a stone or a scorpion to a child to eat should expect to be in jail for a long time. In another scene, fathers give good gifts to their children out of love. When the child receives a gift he or she ask for, that child’s face is lighted with joy. In the above story, Jesus said earthly fathers expectedly make good choices in giving the right food to their children.
Translating the story to the spiritual, God is our heavenly Father. The best gift by our heavenly Father after salvation (similar to after a child is born in the above passage) is the gift of the Holy Spirit. God knows you need it for survival in the world because the other alternatives out there are evil spirits from the devil who does not want a Christian to survive in the faith. If you want to survive in the faith you definitely need the Holy Spirit. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit today.
The Holy Spirit is God’s Promise to a Born Again Child of God
37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Before Jesus left back to heaven he said the disciples should wait until they receive the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit came fully on the day of Pentecost and see how beautiful and affectious the lives of these ordinary men and women became. 120 disciples who had been tarrying in the upper room waiting as Jesus had said before ascending to heaven became filled with that River of Power. The disciples obeyed Jesus and waited in prayers in an upper room. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit arrived and became resident in the hearts of these first fruit disciples. The Spirit came like a mighty rushing wind and they began to speak in tongues.
Knocking on the Door of Heaven for the Holy Spirit
4And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Jesus commanded the disciples to stay where they were, that is, Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father. They were not to depart until they received the Holy Spirit. This was to be their primary assignment during the period. They were told to wait for their “staff of authority”, that is the power of the Holy Spirit. This type of waiting on the Lord involves intense prayers and study of the word of God, prayer and fasting, corporate prayer and revival, and the like. The individual must be focused one hundred percent on the Giver of the Power which is the God the Father. Your prayers should be very persistent. This is the level of knocking on the door of heaven. God will be pleased that you know what you want and open the door of Heaven to give you the Holy Spirit. You pass from the level of asking and seeking to knocking and then you receive.
Your expectation is very important as you prepare yourself to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Prepare yourself and ask for the Holy Spirit. If it is in an assembly, the Minister will likely lay hands on you or pray the prayer of faith with you. Ask, seek and knock on the door of heaven until you receive the Holy Spirit so you can begin to enjoy the comfort of walking in his power. [To be continued].
1. Holy Spirit, come with your power into my life. Pour your fresh oil on me. Ignite my heart with your Living Fire. I give my heart to you as an altar of your Fire in Jesus Name.
2. O Lord, I wait eager and expectantly for your Holy Spirit. Come with baptism of Fire upon my life. Holy Ghost burn out all chaff from my life with your unquenchable fire. Let you fire burn in my bones, brew in my belly and revive my heart to your living power in Jesus Name. Amen.