Psalms 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God.” NASB
We considered Condition Number One for having the fullness of God and His Spirit in the last devotional. That requirement was Thirst! If we do not thirst after His righteousness, we will not seek His righteousness or presence and therefore will remain in the condition we are in.
CONDITION NUMBER TWO – Come to Me.
That means the complete surrender of your life to do the whole will of God as you receive new light and understanding. It is a total surrender of your life to Him! Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. 30 “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” Then in 1 John 1:7 we discover, “…if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Never forget that He must have control or be given Lordship in our lives. We must become yielded vessels available for Him to use as He chooses.
CONDITION NUMBER THREE – Drink.
That means the whole-hearted reception into one’s life the gifts, fruits, and operations of the Spirit of God. I commend to you the words of Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 – “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries and the same Lord. 6 And there are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” NASB
That is powerful in itself but when we couple the words of Galatians 5:22-23, we discover a wonderful truth and see the incredible availability of that fullness. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” If we question the desire of God to give us Himself fully then we must refer to Revelation 22:17 – “And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”
CONDITION NUMBER FOUR – Believe on Me as the Scripture Has Said.
That means to not only confess Him but obey Him. Matthew 28:20 expresses that powerfully saying, “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” That is repeated in a measure in Mark 16:15-20 and expressed in John 14:15 where our LORD said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
In the Book of Acts on the on the Day of Pentecost the followers of Christ were together praying and awaiting the Promise of the coming of the Spirit. We see this in Acts 1:4-8 and in Acts 5:32 we hear the words of the Peter, “And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
Therefore, I contend that if we want more of God, we can have more of God. He is always willing! If we want more of His Spirit and Anointing, we can have more. He is always willing! The process is to become Thirsty, come to Jesus and Drink, then Believe and Obey! My question is: “Are we thirsty?”
God bless you as you seek Him on this wonderful day!