How should we relate to the Holy Spirit?
Does he come and go, do we ‘leak’ after receiving him?
The concept of ‘leaking’ is unscriptural, we are not a ‘container’ but a channel of the Holy Spirit.
Do we need to seek a ‘fresh outpouring’; do we need to ask God for more?
No, we simply ‘drink’. Imagine yourself like a garden hose with a trigger control on the end, you are always full of water and you are in control of the flow. Or electricity, if we want the lights on do we ring up the power company and ask them to send the electricity? No, we just switch it on. You are in control.
When we speak in tongues it is ourselves that make that choice, the Holy Spirit has enabled us just as when we prophesy ‘according to our faith’ (Romans 12:6). A gift, when given, is in the receiver’s control. If you were to give a car to your son or daughter you would not tell them when and where to drive, they make those decisions. The Holy Spirit is a gift to you; his power and authority are in your hands.
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.'”
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.”
And He told me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give freely from the spring of the water of life.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let the one who hears say, “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of life drink freely.
Old Covenant believers did not have the Holy Spirit
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When shall I come and appear in God’s presence?
I stretch out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah
The poor and needy seek water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and currents on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.
Then the man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar.
Wherever the river flows, there will be swarms of living creatures and a great number of fish, because it flows there and makes the waters fresh; so wherever the river flows, everything will flourish.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.
And in that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. All the streams of Judah will run with water, and a spring will flow from the house of the LORD to water the Valley of Acacias.
It is our responsibility to ‘stir up the gift’!
2 Timothy 1:6,7
I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Water, fire, honey, milk, wine, power, authority, blessing, righteousness and eternal life!
What a gift, and you have got it for free! Only believe.