Ignite My Fire Holy Spirit
In Acts 19:2 (ESV), the scripture declares:
“And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
Every time I read this particular passage, I am reminded of how vitally important it is that I rely on the Holy Spirit in order to truly understand the purposes of God at work in my life. The revelation given then remains the same today. It is this, even though many Christians believe in Jesus by accepting the gift of salvation, not all have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to function as our helper and leader in all aspects of living. This is especially necessary in worship. It is easy to taint what should be a God-encounter worship experience with the works of our flesh if we are not careful to solicit the leading of the Holy Spirit as we approach God. Everything we do in worship unto God should be driven by the instructions and insights we receive from the Holy Spirit, not what we conjure up as a great idea from our own intellect or in our own strength. In order to have a pure spiritual encounter with God, it is essential that we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us. This principle can be applied to our corporate and individual time of worship.
It is so necessary that we are filled with the spirit of God so that our private time of worship is not self-oriented, but rather God-oriented. As a worshiper, your public worship with others should never be greater than your private time of worship with God. Instead, it should be the overflow of what you have first encountered with Him alone. I am not saying that there is not a special anointing that can only be experienced in corporate worship. It definitely has its unique place. I am saying that we should never have more zeal and fervor about worshiping God when we are among a crowd of people than when we have the opportunity to approach the throne of grace alone. Our priority and value should always first be in knowing Him for ourselves and being with Him intimately.
If your time with God has become lukewarm, without excitement, and lacks passion, maybe you need to do a “fire” check! You can never experience the fullness of God without being a spirit-filled Christian. If you are Spirit-filled and still find yourself in this predicament, I admonish you to ask the Holy Spirit to fill you again! We all need re-fillings along our journey. Ask Him to ignite your fire so that you may burn, and burn simply just to be with God! The sweet communion of being in fellowship with Him is priceless. There is NOTHING that can substitute His presence, nor can ANYTHING or ANYONE compare to it! Sometimes, we just need our flames to be fanned by the wind of the Holy Spirit! My prayer for you today is that you will burn with a fire that is all-consuming and never-ending so that your personal time of worship releases you to a greater revelation of how mighty your God is and what profound love he has for you. Remember, the reward of worship is God since He alone is our prize! He is our greatest treasure! May you experience a new glory in His presence