We are continuing with our series called deeper. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better(Eph 1:17).
Everywhere I go I find that God’s people lack something. They hunger for something. Their Christian experience is not all that they expected and they often have recurring defeat in their lives. Christians today are hungry for Spiritual fulfilment. The most desperate need of the nation today is that men and women who profess Jesus be filled with the Holy Spirit. Billy Graham.
There is no going deeper without the Holy Spirit, we have nothing as followers of Christ without the Holy Spirit, our evangelism is powerless, our understanding of the ancient scriptures won't make sense, our transformation doesn't happen without the Holy Spirit. The one thread that runs through our lives going deeper with God, others and ourselves is this word 'SURRENDER' and many people don't want the empowering presence of God to come because it doesn't fit with our controlled, airtight life.
I wonder do we maybe try to hard to explain God, to even apologise for Him at times, so people will be OK with us while denying them the real chance for life change and a power encounter with the living God. We want to be in control of what the Holy Spirit does. We are talking about the kingdom of God, God’s right to control, God’s right to reign. We are talking about a violent wind. Despite the fact that we are so used to being able to bend and twist and shape others by what we do and say, here is someone you can’t manipulate someone you can’t control. Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3 that “the wind blows where it wills.” And you can’t tell where it is coming from or where it is going. A lot of us don’t go deeper because again we have to give up our will and let God come.