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“On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.” By this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believe in Him would receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:37-39
Jesus has been glorified and the Holy Spirit is given. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples. Jesus resembled the Spirit with rivers of living water. Water both purifies and quenches thirst. A source on the inside that flow forth and gives life and strength.
A better offer
“Do not be drunk with wine, for that is reckless living. But be filled with the Spirit.” Eph. 5:18
Moralism can only quote the first part of the verse above. There is wisdom in realizing that drunkenness leads to problems. But with the new covenant, that Jesus has made possible through His death and resurrection, there is more. God warns, but He also offers an alternative. A much better option as well. Instead of drinking from the world’s wells and bottles, we can instead be filled with the Spirit. This is a privilege and offer.
Help to live right
“I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, that He may be with you forever: the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, for it does not see Him, neither does it know Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you, and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
The Holy Spirit wants to help us live the Christian life. Living as a follower of Jesus is not about God doing everything for us. Nor is it about us doing everything ourselves. We can learn to cooperate with the Spirit. He wants to help us live in victory over sin. He also wants to help us to be Jesus’ witnesses. He wants to make the Bible come alive and help us pray. In all, the Holy Spirit wants to help us. He works in our will and gives us power and wisdom.
To be filled with the Spirit
“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?” Luke 11:13
If you never have been baptized with the Holy Spirit, can you, as a child of God be it. Pray a simple prayer to your good heavenly Father. He wants you to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
“and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.” Acts 2:4
The Spirit gives us words, but we speak. The Bible says that it is then our spirit that prays. And it builds us up. It’s like turning on the tap of water.
How I received the baptism of the Spirit
I had heard many stories about other people’s experiences, which almost made me confused. But one day I prayed in childish faith, a simple prayer and received. Then I began to speak words that were given in my heart. In the beginning it was just a little, but as I continued, it came more and more. One’s mind could wonder, but in my heart a lovely stream flowed forth. It turned into rivers of living water. What this has blessed my life. To pray daily in tongues, what a refreshing.
Rest and repose (refreshing)
In 1 Cor. 14:21 Paul refers to Isaiah 28:11-12 “For with stammering lips and foreign tongue He will speak to this people, He who said to them, “This is the rest. Give rest to the weary,” and, “This is repose,” yet they would not listen.”
Praying in tongues is an act, but it is rest and refreshing. The Bible says we don’t really know how to pray in the best way. But the Spirit wants to help us. The Bible mentions the Spirit of prayer. It can be easy to pray. Cooperate with the Counselor instead of just praying your prayers based on your limited understanding. The Spirit knows everything about you, God and the devil. He knows what’s around the corner. When you do not know what to pray, pray in tongues. Rivers of living water will bless you and your surrounding.
God bless you
/ David Billström