Clothed and Possessed by the Holy Spirit
Often I wonder and ask God, "Why do some people receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit and others do not? Up to this date I simply assumed that God has kept this to Himself and that it was not my business. I do not wish to stand in judgment of others because people are very complex. I never want to judge others out of my own experiences and belief system. One never really knows what is going on inside of the other person. However I feel like on the threshold of teaching this lesson on the Holy Spirit that the Lord has spoken some things that He would have published on this subject.
1. The Holy Spirit may be more readily expressed to those who are more desperate. The Scripture below is from Matthew chapter 6. It infers that there are two places where we can put our trust for earthly needs: In the system of the World such as the Gentiles do (those without a covenant), or in trusting God and His Kingdom. Mammon is anything that provides for us other than faith in God and His Word, no matter how benign and good it may look. Then it goes on to say that if you are trusting in the World system, that your body will not be full of light, or you will have great darkness and if you trusting totally in God that you will be full of light. Well, the Holy Spirit is light!
Knowing your weakness and being desperate is a welcome sign for the Holy Spirit to fall on you. It surely was in my case. That is my own testimony dating back to 1979.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3). I know so many people who have grown so much closer to the Lord through their desperation.
2. The baptism in the Holy Spirit has its source from two directions; from within and from above. The flood in Noah's day was similar, it sprang from the depths of the earth and it rained from above. Why? In order to destroy evil. It is the same with the baptism in the Holy Spirit. I need Him to come and destroy my evil!
Are you desperate for Him to come and destroy your evil?
Floods from within. "On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified" (John 7:37-39).
Floods from above. "And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams" (Acts 2:17).
"Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear." (Acts 2:33).
"For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 8:16).
"And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning" (Acts 11:15).
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
Lord Jesus, the Word of God says that you have a desire to fill me with your Spirit so that You and I can be more intimate. I am hungry for you and your presence in my life. Jesus, I believe your Word. I confess to you that I want everything you have for me. Come, Jesus, baptize me with the Holy Spirit and fire. I am open and ready for the fire in my life. I renounce and repent from all sin in my life. I forgive everyone who has wronged me. I offer myself to you a living sacrifice. You are sovereign over my life. Have your way. I offer to you all of my members, my mouth, my tongue, my hands, feet, ears and eyes.