Friday, 8 April 2011
Asking for a flood
Walking with Jesus starts with, and is continued by the power of the Holy Spirit. God dynamically dwells within His people. Amazingly in the Bible, we find invitations to ask for 'more of Him'! It appears He is willing to give more and that we can ask.
I'm praying for many to ask for and encounter God in any and every way this Sunday as we preach through Ephesians 5v18-21 where Paul tells believers not get drunk on wine, but be filled with the Spirit.
The Bible describes the impact on believers as 'rivers of living water' which can flow from people. Charles Spurgeon wrote hungry for a flood of the Spirit for his people:
"What a wonderful thing a flood is! Go down to the river, look over the bridge, and see the barges and other craft lying in the mud. All the king's horses and all the king's men cannot tug them out to sea. There they lie, dead and motionless as the mud itself.
What shall we do with them? What machinery can move them? Have we a great engineer among us who will devise a scheme for lifting these vessels and bearing them down to the river's mouth? No, it cannot be done.
Wait till the tide comes in! What a change! Each vessel walks the water like a thing of life. What a difference between the low tide and high tide. You cannot stir the boats when the water is gone; but when the tide is full, see how readily they move, a little child may push them with with his hand.
Oh, for a flood of grace.The Lord send to our Churches a great springtide!
Then the indolent will be active enough, and those who were half dead will be full of energy. I know that in this particular dock, several vessels are lying that I should like to float, but I cannot stir them. They neither work for God nor come out to our prayer meetings, nor give of their substance to spread the gospel. If the flood would come, you would see what they are capable of: they would be active, fervent, generous, abounding in every good word and work. So may it be! So may it be!"
So may it be.