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The Spirit’s Quickening

Jesus tells us, “It is the Spirit which quickens, the flesh profits nothing: the words which I have spoken unto you are spirit and are life.” (Jn 6:63)

One of the most powerful stories of the New Testament is when we see the Evangelist Philip leave a city moving in great revival. The Bible says of Samaria that it was a city full of “great joy” (Acts 8:5-8). But just as the breakthroughs were beginning, Philip is ‘quickened’ in the spirit to go and minister to an Ethiopian Eunuch on his way out of Jerusalem (Acts 8:26). Philip’s ability to respond to the Angel of the Lord shows great sensitivity to the Will of God and the unction of the Holy Spirit. Its a wonderful example of spiritual faith, because history tells us that through this encounter a Nation was turned toward God. If you ask me… “Can a nation be won in a day?” I will tell you boldly, under the quickening power of the spirit… Nothing is Impossible!

Discernment:

We were made to do the works of God and manifest God’s Glory in the Earth. While we all recognize that God’s Will is central to our heart, few have determined to recognize the quickening work of the Holy Spirit. Very few people dare to live spontaneous lifestyles. Yet the “suddenlies” of God are the most unique and powerful opportunities the Holy Spirit sets in front of us. Discernment is a vital key to walking in sync with God and His Manifest Glory.

The Christian who develops a lifestyle of prayer and fasting will tend to respond with spiritual urgency when they feel the Holy Spirit’s nudge. This is because they have trained their hearts to move in faith, to make room for the spontaneous; rather than live only in routine or human reasoning. What the Bible calls discernment, Jesus calls being sensitive to the Spirit’s “quickening”.

A Quickening:

Feeling the quickening of the Holy Spirit is a powerful faith activity. Its a strong sense of “NOW” or being present in a divine moment of opportunity. Its the heart’s response, the realization if you will; to supernatural movement or a “Word” from the Mouth of God. At times its a whisper and at other times its a hurricane. We can tune into God’s voice and timing, simply by believing; not tomorrow, not when we have time available, but in the now. The Spirit will tap on the heart at any time and in many ways, but it is only effective when the heart is tuned in and functioning by faith.

We are called to live in these moments… called to move with an unction of Holy Spirit and find our fruitfulness as a bubbling stream from “His River” of heavenly resource. In God’s harvest fields, we need the Spirit’s quickening! In fact, there is no sphere of reality that human reasoning or religious tradition can effectively transform. Transformation is a work of the Holy Spirit! According to Acts 17:28, even the heathen poets in the days of the Early Church, recognized the fact that… “in Him we live and move and have our being”. It only makes sense then that God would still be speaking and quickening us by His Spirit!

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2)

Tap into the Wells

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Living Water

In our experience with the love of God we shift and move according to a spiritual current felt deeply in our inner man. The Bible speaks about this in a variety of ways.

Paul said “in Him we live and move and have our very being” (Acts 17:28); also he said God would give us His glory “…to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph 3:16).

Peter said “though now you do not see Him, yet believing you rejoice with joy inexpressable and full of glory” (1 Pe 1:8) and finally Jesus proclaimed that “he who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (Jn 7:38).

It’s this “under-current” that stablizes a flow of God’s presence in our lives and offers a resource of “living water” that quenches our spiritual thirst. I have often imagined this flow of spiritual vitality as the wells of salvation that Isaiah speaks about:

“Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isa 12:3).

I have found that these wells are available to every believer and can be discovered and tapped into by a nurtured lifestyle of prayer and worship. Some folks ignore this wonderful experience and find their “christian” life more of a drudgery than a release of joy and fruitfulness. I would like to suggest that this is truly where the life of God is found.

David said, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps 16:11).

David was a worshiper who dug deeply into these wells to release the under-current of life giving water that could offer peace and joy and strength in the midst of battles, storms or seasons of weariness. We are to be filled with the joy of the Lord and reflect a life that is abundant and spiritually fruitful… even in the midst of trials. So tap into the wells that reside within your inner man and mine those supernatural resources God has made available to you. I can almost hear a gushing spring coming forth from your inner man. Remind yourself that your Heavenly Father wants to release to you the Kingdom… “on Earth as it is in Heaven”.

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