and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Acts 19:2 (NIV)
It is surprising to find people today in churches or religions that know nothing of receiving the Holy Spirit. Good people who look up to God and even profess the name of the Lord may even go their whole lives never knowing this Power, this Presence, and this Spirit. The Bible teaches us that we should be filled with this Spirit of God. We should be familiar friends with and completely dependent upon His movements to guide us ever closer to God. Do we know that we should receive the Holy Spirit? Have we made enough of the issue to go on to seek Him in our lives? Are we seeking Him now? How urgently are we making our search?
Now there certainly should be some who already are filled, led and fed daily by our Guide and Friend. But for all those of us who are honest enough to find a little more ground to gain with the Lord, we will want more of Him in us. We will not be able to rest. We will sense an emptiness. That hole in our heart will never be filled with anything less that the Presence of God. We know what our mission is today! Out of a deep burning desire within, we will need to seek diligently, earnestly, and relentlessly until we are able to receive the Holy Spirit. That is what we must do now!
We sense a burning from within. We need more of You today. Do not let us go on without realizing how to, or that we should receive more of the Holy Spirit in us now we pray!