Holy Spirit – rivers of living water From the heart.
At church we are currently learning more about the power and character of the Holy Spirit. My life changed dramatically when I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. At the time, I was going through a very hard time in my marriage, but people told me they were amazed at the joy and hope that was flowing out of me. I know it was because of the Holy Spirit in my life.
I had been doing a bible study with my older sister and a Pastor’s wife from another denomination who was constantly speaking about the Holy Spirit. There was just something about her, and I wanted what she had! I had not previously heard of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and when I went to a meeting with my sister and there was a call for people who wanted this gift to come forward, I went up to the front for prayer. My desire was fulfilled, and I began speaking in other tongues (1 Corinthians 14) and was overjoyed.
I’d like to say that everything went smoothly after that but that was not the case. However, in the midst of challenges and painful situations, the Holy Spirit was always with me, comforting, healing and leading me on. Over the years, He has been teaching me His ways and continues to do so. I am learning more and more to lean on Him; after all that is what our Lord and Friend Christ Jesus did when He walked the earth.
Our Pastor recently was teaching from Luke 4 verses 18-20.
Holy Spirit is a well inside every believer where we can come and drink freely and be refreshed any time of the night or day. Because of this, we are able to release these living waters out to dry and weary people wherever we go. Healing the brokenhearted; proclaiming recovery of sight to the blind and preaching good news to the poor, proclaiming liberty to the captives, and setting at liberty those who are oppressed.
Holy Spirit knows exactly what each person needs to hear, and He has called and anointed us to be ministers of reconciliation – reconciling people back to the Father. How freeing is it to know that our Father God wants to spend time with us. John 17 verse 3 tells us ‘This is eternal life – that they may know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent’. Remember Luke 11:13 says “if you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him”. If you’d like to receive this gift, simply ask.