Walking intimately with the Holy Spirit is not something unique to only a few passionate believers. Far from it!
In fact, I truly believe that every Christian is to be thirsty and hungry for God’s presence and power. The psalmist wrote, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God” (Psalm 32; 1-2).
We must be thirsty and hungering for Him, knowing that only He “satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm107; 9). Unfortunately, we often try to fill that longing with substitutes.
- Believe that the Holy Spirit Himself desires to fellowship with you. Jesus promised, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14;16-17). God loved you so much that He gave His Son, then sent the Holy Spirit to dwell with you!
- Accept that only God—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—can satisfy your hunger and thirst.He created each of us with this longing, and He is the only Answer for that desire. Jesus Himself spoke of the first and greatest commandment: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Mattew 22; 37). This is as it was meant to be, and this is why the Holy Spirit was sent to us. We were made for God and created with a continual longing to be with Him.
- Avoid putting barriers between you and the Holy Spirit. We are told, “Quench not the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5; 19). We are also warned to “grieve not the holy Spirit of God” (Ephesians 4; 30). This means more than just avoiding a sinful life, but also means to “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God” (Romans 12; 1). He is holy. The vessel that seeks to be filled with His holiness must be presented for cleansing by His shed blood continuously.
- Ask, seek, and knock. Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Luke 11; 9-10). He then asks, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11; 13).
- Experience the Lord’s goodness. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34; 8). How can anyone develop a taste for anything—food, drink, music, conversation—if they don’t experience it? One delicious taste leads to a meal, then becomes a banquet. The same goes for “tasting” our Lord. A little develops into a desire for more, and the hunger grows ever greater. You get to know Him as you spend time in His presence. You receive more revelation of His Word as you practice His presence hour by hour, day by day! God promises to satisfy, yet each taste should lead to a greater desire for more of Him, to feast at His table!
- Welcome the Holy Spirit into your life. This goes beyond simply asking. He promises to go where He is specifically invited. In our crusades, services, and broadcasts, we sing. We consciously and purposefully invite Him. We welcome Him. And He is faithful, again and again.
- Pursue the Holy Spirit. This requires a conscious and ongoing decision to “yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Romans 6; 13). Many are the gifts of God, but none is greater than the gift of the Holy Spirit. Through pursuing Him, we have access to our Comforter, Helper, and Counsellor. This requires an active desire to pursue Him.
Do you hunger and thirst for more of the Holy Spirit? Do you sincerely desire to be controlled and empowered by Him? Then welcome and pursue Him!