Genesis 1:2 The Spirit of the God was hovering over the waters
Have you ever wondered what your church or your life would look like if there was a genuine and authentic move of the Spirit of God. I long again for the day when we would embrace His fullness in everything we do. I don’t mind all the new and creative things we are doing in our churches and the efforts individual believers are exerting to please God.
But I am longing again for a move of God through His Spirit, because I’m convinced that where he is there is freedom, power and the ability to do greater things for God. He makes everything easy when He shows up. It is like the working of His mighty power within. When He is there, we do not only preach and teach than let people go home without experiencing what we talked about in our sermons – we do it like Jesus did it: teaching, preaching, healing, and delivering those oppressed by the devil by the power of the Holy Spirit. Like somebody once said,
teaching and preaching without healing and delivering the oppressed is a modern invention.
When I read Gen 1 and 2, what I am left with is this image of the Holy Spirit hovering over the face of the waters and when God spoke and said “let there be” – things happened because the Spirit of God took active part in creation. I see the same picture in the New Testament, where the Holy Spirit rested upon Jesus during his baptism. At that time He was filled with the Spirit’s power and He went around doing great thing – not because He was God, but because of the Spirit resting on Him.
For me this “hovering” in the Old Testament and this “resting” in the new is what the church needs so desperately. It is imperative that we seek to allow the Holy Spirit to hover or rest over us. Imagine with me what we could carry out with the Holy Spirit hovering over our lives - even better, living in us in power and strength. This is what Jesus was talking about when He said, “Greater works shall you do because I go to the father.” He was saying that when the Spirit of God comes upon you, you will be able to do great things.
We should understand that our creativity, preaching abilities, leadership skills, our theology, our best efforts either to live for or serve him are good but not good enough. We can only do much. But “with God we can do exploits.” We need the Holy Spirit’s power to enable us to preach, write, lead, serve, and live for him.
We should crave and seek for more of His presence in our lives, our churches and in our witness. We must create atmospheres in our homes and meetings where the Holy Spirit can come and hover or rest.
It is imperative that we become aware of the fact that He (the Holy Spirit) is the only one who can make the difference in what we do. Therefore, living a life that allows him to move and paying the prize in fasting and praying, humbly asking for His help and stepping out of His way so that He can do what He wants to do – is key to enjoying the power that comes from Him hovering and resting over us.
In what ways are you giving Him space to make the difference in and through you today? Please share your experience if you can. Thank you! More of Him in you today.