Reading Mark 1 this morning I found myself praying about being baptised in the Holy Spirit. No matter how much of Him I get I am left wanting more. In my writing, I often write out my prayers in my time of meeting with God, I focussed on the Spirit as the Wind of God and asked for a Gale of Grace.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
And then I read of Jesus,
At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness…”
Where will a gale of grace blow me? God’s ways are not ours so I guess I shall now head ‘off course’, to areas I would prefer not to travel.
I remembered Bob Gordon quoting Thomas Hogben,
“The common prayer-cry is, “Fill me and lift me up!” The Divine answer is very often: “Be emptied and go down!”
Effectual service demands seven things:-
a. Holiness of heart.
b. Righteousness of life.
c. Devotion to the Word.
d. Absolute obedience to the Holy Spirit.
e. Communion with God.
f. Power in prayer.
g. Passion for souls.
We cannot be in line with the Spirit for His work unless we are in line with His law of holiness of heart and life. With very many the first step in this lies in getting right with their fellow-men.”