Somewhere along the way we learned that through humble prayer and pursuit, radical consecration, deep worship and diligent study of God’s word, we can experience His supernatural power – and rightly so.
As a result, we run after the Holy Spirit just for Him to make us look good, successful, anointed and powerful. We run after Him just so He can help us teach with power, lead extraordinarily, and do “greater things.”
I believe it’s about time we start running after the Holy Spirit not because of the comfort he brings; the needs he meet; the dreams He fulfill or the power He gives, but simply because of who He is – God – deserving of our pursuit, our worship, our longing and our honor.
When we wait for Him – we wait not because we want to take, but because we want to give Him our very lives. We want to expose the very fiber of our being, till everything we’re made of burst in endless love and adoration.
When we run after Him – we run not because we expect something to make us look good – but because we want to bring Him maximum pleasure. After all, our chief end is to glorify God.
When we consecrate ourselves we do so because we love Him so much and hate to grieve Him. After all, the Holy Spirit has feelings too. The Spirit comes not primarily as a reward for our consecration, but principally because He takes pleasure in our consecration. He works in us to will and to do according to His good pleasure.
So we ought to live our lives in such a way that we do not grieve the Him.
The fullness of joy, the fire, the power, life, pleasure, and anointing that come as a result of Him being in our lives, are not to make us look good. They are intended to make us fall more in love with him, bring Him maximum pleasure, and drive us to serve Him with awe and wonder.
So we ought to embrace Him in such a way that we do not “quench the Spirit’s power”
- It’s not about us – it’s all about him!
- The Spirit is a person – HE is a PERSON
- He is more precious – He is a great Reward
Just as the Bible says, “these signs shall follow those who believe,” so will the Spirit’s power follow those who diligently run after Him. After all, when He comes, He fills us with the joy of presence, and eternal pleasures at His right hand. But we need to get the focus off ourselves and fix it on Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:19