Psalm 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.” NASB
CONDITION NUMBER TWO – Come to Jesus.
- That involves and means ‘total surrender’ of our lives to our LORD.
- That means to seek the will of God in all things and walk in the light you have received.
- That is Total Surrender!
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 11;28-29, “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 WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
He followed that up in 1 John 1:7, saying, “but 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.” If we are to have all of Him, He must have all of us. He must have control. He must increase, and we must decrease. He must be Lord as well as Savior. He must find us a yielded vessel. We cannot have His fullness without coming to Him in total surrender.
CONDITION NUMBER THREE – We Must Drink.
You will never quench your thirst, in the natural, by looking at a picture of water or reading about the water. You have to Drink! This means we must have a whole-hearted reception of His water and Him in our lives. We must receive His gifts, His fruit, and His Spirit. His Word must live in us.
I call your attention to 1 Cor 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 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.”
The gifts of the Spirit are directly connected to our relationship with and our connection to Christ.
In Galatians 5:22-23we discover a powerful truth. “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.” That is like a magnet to a hungry heart!
In Revelation 22:17, we are invited to Come. The thirst can come. The hungry can come. The willing can come. You and I will never be filled and satisfied until we come to His River and Drink!
CONDITION NUMBER FOUR – We Must Believe on Jesus as the Bible Teaches.
Biblical belief implies obedience is required if we are to receive His fullness. We must walk in complete obedience! There are no shortcuts to God! Jesus told His followers in Matthew 28:20 to go into all the world and share the message of Grace and then teach the new converts to Obey God’s Commandments. He also told them to tell the new converts that He would guide and comfort them. In Mark 16, this is repeated, and in verses 15-20, He gives a more detailed directive.
In John 14:15, Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” After His resurrection and ascension in Acts 1:4, we find the followers of Christ assembled just like He had instructed, and they were WAITING for the Promise of the Father. They were awaiting that River that would spring up inside them through the Holy Spirit. In Acts 5:32, they testified that they were His witnesses, and so is the Holy Spirit God gives to the obedient.
The truth is that if we want more of God, we can have more of God! The problem is not on His end. It is ours. If we want more of His Holy Spirit, we can receive. If we want to see the Power of God manifest in our lives, we can have that Power. Whenever I talk to God about Power, He talks to me about Purity!
THE SOLUTION IS SIMPLE:
Thirst, come to Jesus, Drink, Believe, and Obey.
My question to each of us today is,“Are We Thirsty?” Do we long for more of God? He is willing and waiting for us to Come and Drink! We must allow our thirst to draw us to His River!
- Having More of God is not Automatic. It requires effort on our part.
- To Quench our Thirst, we must come to Him and Drink!
- The question is, how intense is our Thirst?
- Will we invest our time and energy to pursue Him?
- The question is will we determine that anything less than the fullness of God is unsatisfactory in our lives.
If we are hungry and thirsty, we will have all of God we can receive. The supply is unlimited.
God bless you as you pursue Him! Have a fantastic day!