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"9 Reasons to Receive the Holy Spirit's (Continual) Infilling" 

By Helen Calder

 

  

 

He Is Your Fountain

 

God is coming to the dry, the thirsty and those who need replenishing. And if you are someone who pours out to others, the Lord has a refreshing drink for you—not only a little, but an abundant outpouring! His promise is this: "The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed" (Proverbs 11:25 NLT).

 

The Lord wants you to know that He is your continual source of life. He alone is your Fountain, the One who quenches your thirst.

 

A New Sound from Heaven

 

Recently, I had a podcast chat with Kate Smith of Catch the Fire Ministries. As I listened back to it, one sentence struck me: "Learning what it means to drink of the Holy Spirit...was like coming home.”

 

I was reminiscing about a time in 1994 when I felt God was calling me to write down a message from Him. Little did I know that I was about to hear a new sound from Heaven—and that it would change my life, because leading up to that moment, I had been very low.

 

The psalmist described my condition well when he said: "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God... My tears have been my food day and night..." (Psalm 42:1, 3 NKJV).

 

Finally, the day came when I kept that appointment with God. I sat in the upstairs room of our temporary accommodation with a small notebook. I heard Him say: "There is more—much more—than you have ever known. You have yet to drink of My presence.”

 

A few days later, my husband Malcolm was chatting with a friend of ours who was a pastor. He shared that the Holy Spirit was moving in a new way in his church. We heard that many people were healed, filled and finding new joy in their relationship with Jesus. That day, I didn't write anything down in my notebook. I just got down on the floor and cried out, "God, I must have more of You!" 

 

The following weekend, we visited our friend's church and I went forward at the altar call to receive prayer. While there, I felt God's presence in a tangible and fresh way, and I left filled "...with joy inexpressible and full of glory" (1 Peter 1:8 NKJV)!

 

9 Reasons to Receive the Holy Spirit's (Continual) Infilling

 

The Holy Spirit is symbolized by water throughout the Bible, especially water that's poured out, whether in the form of a river, spring, fountain or rain. And the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity—God present with us, in His anointing and power! Just as water is essential to life, the imagery of poured out water speaks of God's presence as our life source.

 

Below are nine benefits and reasons to receive and continually flow in the Holy Spirit's infilling:

 

1. God Has a Gift for You and Your Family

 

"Thirst" speaks of our felt need for God. Isaiah wrote, "For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your children." (Isaiah 44:3 NLT)

So, if it feels like you or your family members are in a "parched field" right now, reach out to God. For this is a promise of a generational outpouring.

 

2. You Are a Partaker of Eternal Life

 

Jesus encountered a woman at a well and said, "...'If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, "Give Me a drink," you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water'" (John 4:10 NKJV).

 

Throughout the Bible, water speaks of salvation and eternal life (see Revelation 22:17). But we do not need to wait until eternity to receive the benefits of this life-giving flow, for it is available to us right now.

 

3. God Will Baptize You in the Holy Spirit

 

Jesus declared: "...'Anyone who is thirsty may come to Me! Anyone who believes in Me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, "Rivers of living water will flow from his heart."' (When He said 'living water,' He was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in Him...)" (John 7:37-39 NLT).

The outpouring He spoke of took place on the day of Pentecost, and ever since, it has been available to each of God's children (Acts 2). Now you are the "anyone" Jesus speaks about!

 

4. You Can Live Out and Give Out of His Overflow

 

Jesus described the movement of the Holy Spirit through us as being like a river. It is the nature of a river to flow continuously. He sent His disciples out, saying, "...Freely you have received; freely give" (Matthew 10:8 NIV).

 

Then later, when Paul wrote, "...be filled with the Spirit," he used the Greek verb "be filled" in the continuous present tense (Ephesians 5:18). This gives us a glimpse of what is available to us in our own life with God. For as we freely receive, we can then live out and give out of His overflow.

 

5. You Will Be Fruitful as You "Abide in Him”

 

Experiencing the Holy Spirit's flow is not a passive posture, and not one that we should take for granted, for Jesus is our continual source of life. 

 

In John 15, Jesus likened Himself to a vine and His followers to the branches. A branch grows and bears fruit because it receives life from the vine in the form of sap. As Jesus emphasized, our part, like the branches, is to "abide"—to stay. By doing this, we are actively engaging in our connection to Him, and bearing fruit comes naturally.

 

6. You Will Encounter Joy in His Presence

 

Real joy comes from our life with God, for in His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).

 

The psalmist says this of God's people: "They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light" (Psalm 36:8-9 NKJV).

 

7. Jesus' Righteousness Will Satisfy You

 

Jesus spoke of being satisfied with His righteousness: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6 NKJV). Of course, the transaction by which we received Jesus' righteousness is located in the past—at the Cross! But still, we can continually return to this truth, partake by faith, receive, drink and be filled. And sin cannot intrude while we are rejoicing in a feast of righteousness!

 

8. God Has Appointed a Harvest for You

 

One promise God made to the Israelites about their future territory was that it would be watered by rain from Heaven: "...but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of Heaven" (Deuteronomy 11:11 NKJV).

 

Today, this can be your expectation—that the Holy Spirit will water any location or position you occupy. Then it will yield an overflowing harvest!

 

9. You Will Work from His Strength

 

But what if we continue to "give out" for God, without ever having a posture to receive from Him? On that day in 1994, I stood at my chair, realizing there was one thing I needed to pray. It was this: "Lord, I repent of doing Your work in my own strength.”

 

Right there was the source of my brokenness and disillusionment...and the doorway to joy.

 

Perhaps you can also relate to this. If so, hear the loving and joyful invitation from Jesus once more: "Come to Me and drink!”

 

"I Give Drink to My People”

 

We live in such a time right now where the Holy Spirit is coming to the dry, the thirsty and those who need replenishing, with a new sound from Heaven.

 

God declares: "...I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen" (Isaiah 43:20 NKJV).

 

This also is my prayer for you—that you may discover what it means to be filled with Him NOW, and yet live in the joyful quest for more.

 

By Helen Calder
Enliven Ministries
Email: helen@enlivenpublishing.com
Website: www.enlivenpublishing.com 

 

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Albany, OR 97321
www.elijahlist.com
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17.03 | 00:11

Praise God! He is so good to all of us!

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16.03 | 15:20

I needed to hear this today. Its been sooo very difficult for a long time honestly asked God if I was the toxic one and just didn't realize it so I could repent

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11.01 | 20:32

this is so beautiful and such a testimony to the Lord's healing power and sanctification through our suffering. Much of my walk with Christ is similar to yours.

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12.12 | 00:13

Shavua Tov

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