“I had only heard about You before but now I have seen You with my own eyes” (Job 42:5 – NLT).
Three years ago the while waiting on the Lord for direction for some meetings we were conducting I heard the phrase, “The Holy Spirit has come to make everything new, fresh, and alive again.” This statement has been the anchor for our ministry since then.
When the Spirit of God begins moving and breathing on humble repentant hearts then the simple things of our faith become dear and precious. The basic doctrines of Scripture become new to us. Through the operation of the Holy Spirit Jesus becomes real and alive in our hearts. The joy of meeting together in worship, in prayer, and in the Word becomes a pure joy. Gladness and gratitude for our salvation fills our hearts, and compels us to tell others of our wonderful Savior.
When the familiar things of our faith are touched by heaven they lose their staleness and become fresh again. Here is a beautiful quote from Winkie Pratney that speaks to this:
“The things that touch us in a true revival are not strange and mysterious things made clear, but plain and simple things made central and old things made new. In revival, do not seek new things from God but seek to see God through new eyes.”
Spiritual things become dim to us when we fail to experience regular renewals and refreshings in our spirit. This can happen corporately in our times of assembling with other believers and individually in our private times with the Lord. This is the reason in the last few blogs I’ve been emphasizing the utmost importance of waiting on the Lord.
“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:29-31).
Notice the great benefits Isaiah listed from waiting on the Lord such as power, strength, and renewal. We need continual renewals in the Spirit to avoid weariness and fainting. It is after you’ve been filled by waiting on the Lord that your strength is renewed and your spirit is refreshed. Old things become new in the Lord’s presence. In our intimate times with Jesus the Holy Spirit speaks to us what He hears and even shows us things to come (Jn. 16:13).
The stale familiarity of Scriptures makes believers dull, passive, and unresponsive. But when you are filled with the Spirit through intimate communion with the Lord the Scriptures are new, fresh and alive to you.
Think about this. The early Church did not possess the written New Testament in the same way you and I do. Yet spiritual things were real and alive to them because of the continual infillings and renewals they experienced. The Word without the Spirit is dead. The letter kills but the Spirit gives life (2 Cor. 3:6)(Jn. 6:63).
This is the reason it is so important for believers to learn to live a Spirit-filled life and to get in the Spirit to receive the mind and counsel of the Lord that will just make their lives so much more meaningful and fulfilled.
Here are three things you need to do right now:
- Get alone with the Lord and pray in the Spirit for your own personal edification and worship Him.
- Get some things straightened out on the inside of you.
- Find out what your priorities are and what the Lord wants you to do.