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29th March 2022


The Great Gift of the Holy Spirit

We are anointed in the Holy Spirit by the anointed & holy one,
The Spirit who anoints us does so liberally & with abundance (cf Psalm 133 the oil running freely over Aaron the High Priest),
The Spirit who anoints is the one who leads, fills & empowers us.
He did it for Jesus & He wants to do it for us (Luke 3:21-22 & 4:1-13).


On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive;
for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, Ephesians 5:17-19

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8


Jesus was led to be baptised at the Jordan by John.
During His baptism He was filled with the Spirit & anointed for ministry.
The Holy Spirit then led Jesus into the wilderness for the time of testing.
Jesus triumphed in the test & overcame every temptation.
He left the wilderness empowered in the power of the Spirit.
The words, works & wonders of the Kingdom then began to flow freely.

The Holy Spirit moves & flows in a constant dynamic of power & grace.
He is a river of the water of life carrying living water.
We are ever in need of that filling as the Spirit flows through us.
He flows to us to bless & He flows through us to bless.
We need to be thirsty for more & more of the Holy Spirit.
To get in, & stay in, the flow so that we are ever being filled.

The Spirit is poured out upon the people of God to empower them for service.
We are clothed with power from on high to be used for God’s glory as witnesses to the world.
Empowered for the ministry & mission of the Kingdom. Hallelujah what an awesome gift.
May we be those who the Spirit dwells within, comes upon & works through for kingdom power & blessing in the mission of God.
May we be those who are quick to seize & fully lay hold of all the Spirit has for us.


For Reflection

  • Do I position myself to be filled & empowered by the Holy Spirit?
  • Where do I sense & feel the flow of the Holy Spirit right now?
  • Meditate on being led, filled & empowered by the Spirit of the Lord.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the great gift of Your Spirit,
May He lead us, fill us & empower us as witnesses in Your service.
May He lead us in the ways of Christ,
That we may be effective bringers & bearers of the Kingdom & heralds of King Jesus.
This we ask in the mighty Name of Jesus,

Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the great gift of Your Spirit,
May He lead us, fill us & empower us as witnesses in Your service.
May He lead us in the ways of Christ,
That we may be effective bringers & bearers of the Kingdom & heralds of King Jesus.
This we ask in the mighty Name of Jesus,
AMEN

Written by Gareth Jones

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