The Spirit Came on People, Rested on Them, Filled Them

  • Exodus 31:3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills. (Exodus 35:31)
  • Joel 2:28-29 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
  • Luke 4:18 
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
  • Acts 10:44-47 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”

The Holy Spirit is an active part of the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). He should be part of your everyday life. He is a Person and we are called to fellowship with Him (2 Corinthians 13:14). He is looking for surrendered and submitted vessels that will allow Him to work through them. The Holy Spirit is the One who distributes spiritual gifts at will (1 Corinthians 12:11). Are you willing to let God use you in any way He needs you regardless of where and when (e.g. to prophesy, to lay hands on people, etc.)?

How to allow the Spirit to use you:
  1. The more you surrender to God and live your life for Him, the more He’ll be able to use you. God needs yielded and submitted vessels (sons and daughters) who will be sensitive and obedient to the leading of His Spirit. As you prove faithful in the small things, He’ll be able to give you greater responsibilities.
  2. Make yourself available to God. Ask Him for opportunities to be used by Him and He’ll accommodate you. He needs you as His mouthpiece as well as His hands and feet. The Spirit will guide you as you listen to His still small voice inside you.
  3. Pray in the Spirit throughout each day. Additionally, dedicate time to pray in the Spirit for 30 minutes to an hour daily to develop your own spirit. It will be easier for you to hear the leading of the Holy Spirit.
  4. Purpose yourself to develop listening to the Holy Spirit. Ask Him questions related to a challenge you have, how to improve a relationship, guidance when you minister to someone, etc. and listen for His response. As you purpose to hear Him, you’ll develop your spiritual ear to recognize His voice. Whatever He tells you will always line up with the Word of God.
  5. Spend time praising and worshipping God. As you do, your spirit will be more open to the spiritual realm and you can hear Him more easily.

Call to action:
Be intentional about your fellowship with the Holy Spirit this month. Pray in the Spirit daily to build yourself up in your most holy faith and develop your spiritual ear to hear.