1Th 1:5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction;
Act 1:8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses…
Ephesians 1:18-20 I pray that the eyes of your heart (understanding) may be enlightened (have light so that you can see…(19) and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Living in the supernatural life and power of God is simply about flowing with Holy Spirit. This is the type of life God has created us for. Jesus Himself said it is part of the experience accompanying Holy Spirit’s coming, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” We must realize that anytime we have a subtle attitude within us that we don’t really need the active power of Holy Spirit in what we do is a grave mistake. The things of God are done by the power of Holy Spirit, not by human might or power Zechariah 4:6.
Danger of Charismatic Theology without Charismatic Experience
One of the challenges to those of a Charismatic background is that over the years they get comfortable with the level of the moving of the Spirit they have, or don’t have. They can become Charismatic in their theology but not in practice. Any of us can believe in the moving of the Spirit while actually experiencing very little of Him flowing in our lives and churches.
I was really challenged once by a preacher who said, “you really have about as much of the Holy Spirit moving through your life as you desire.” At first I was a little offended, but what he said had a lot of truth in it. Almost everything about the Kingdom moving in us is connected to hunger and desire Matthew 5. Jesus said a very similar thing about the moving of the Spirit as He relating it to thirst.
Joh 7:37-39 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water (CEV Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you.” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive…
The Spirit Wants to Move, Not be a Silent Partner
The Spirit in the life of the believer should have a connection to observable movement. I heard it said when I was a young Christian that “the Holy Spirit is a silent partner.” It sounded reasonable at the time and the point being made was that the Spirit will let us exercise our free will. Yet reflecting on it later I realized how the whole “silent partner” thing can be a big problem. While He does allow us to exercise our will He desires anything but to be a silent partner.
There is a principle of Biblical interpretation called the “Law of first mention.” It simply means that if you are going to explore and understand a subject that is repeated throughout the Bible you need to look at the first time it is mentioned. All subsequent mentions are to be interpreted in light of the first mention. This is greatly truth when it comes to Holy Spirit. Consider the first mention of Him. Gen 1:2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving (Heb.”to move, brood, flutter over”) over the surface of the waters.
The first mention of the Spirit showed Him moving/hovering over the surface of the waters to make something observable happen. Holy Spirit is never mentioned as a stagnant part of the Godhead who isn’t doing much. Consider the metaphorical symbols describing Holy Spirit. He is compared to a dove (Matthew 3:16), water (John 4:14; 7:38-39), wind (John 3:8; Acts 2:2), rain (Joel 2:2), oil (Psalms 89:20), and fire (Luke 3:16; Isaiah 4:4; Acts 2:3). All these metaphors tell us something about the nature of Holy Spirit. They all center around something moving, changing, and creating. Jesus describes this to Nichodemus when He explained how the Spirit births life (John 3). He tells him that the Spirit works in the same way as wind. We can’t see the wind but we definitely see it’s effects, “so is everyone born of the Spirit” (Jn 3:8).
Is it We or He Who Moves?
There is an ago old question when it comes to moving with the power of the Spirit. Is it God who moves, or do we have a part to play in it? Scripture indicates it is both, not either/or. We work because God works.
Php 2:12-13…work out your salvation with fear and trembling 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
We have a part to play in stirring up and releasing the supernatural activity of Spirit. 2 Timothy 1:6 For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. The word kindle afresh (Greek anazopureo) means to “re-enkindle or fan into flame.” (NIV, ESV, NLT translations use fan into flame, The Message: keep that ablaze!).
The picture here is that of a fire which had once burned brightly but had died down from lack of attention or fresh fuel. The intensity and usefulness of the fire had been lost. The encouragement was to rekindle it, fan it into flames, or stir it up to get the flames going again.
Paul goes on to say in verse 7, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a Spirit of power, love and of self-discipline.” Paul is talking about the supernatural power of the Spirit, not Timothy’s natural abilities. We should never be content to have the fire and wind of the Spirit die down in our lives!
How do we “kindly afresh/stir up” the gift of God connected to Holy Spirit? We do it through spiritual activity such as prayer, praise, and worship, as well as things such as speaking, singing and praying in Holy Spirit (which includes tongues, the prayer language of the Spirit) 1 Corinthians 14:13-15, Jude 1:20, Acts 2:4 etc. We are always to live in a way through Jesus, that what we believe progressively becomes a reality in our lives.
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