“Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)” John 7:37-39
Today, a new episode of The Basics With Beth TV is airing in the United States and around the world! In today’s episode, I’m teaching about being born of the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit in a series titled The Spirit Empowered Life. So, are you ready to live the Spirit empowered life?
Let's start by taking a look at this verse in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, He gives us power to live for Jesus––to be a witness for the Lord in several ways.
First: The Holy Spirit simply helps us to not think of ourselves. He helps us think about the Lord and He helps us focus on others. (Seems obvious. But, not a default mode for most of us.)
Second: He gives us the power, the urge and unction––indeed the exciting anticipation––to share our faith through our words, our lifestyle, our behavior––and in all that we are.
Third: He helps us not be weird. (Which is very subjective, I know.) Rather, He empowers us In our everyday, normal lives, so that we reflect and "preach" Jesus in all that we do. "Witnessing" for Jesus is what we do through our conversations and interactions everyday––and, we need the Holy Spirit's power to do it.
Okay, all of this may lead you to ask this big question, "How does the Holy Spirit come upon us?" I'm so glad you asked –– and I hope you’ll tune in to The Basics With Beth TV today on NRBTV at 11:30am EST and the Hillsong Channel at 9:00pm EST to hear more on this subject. (To find your local channel listings, visit thebasicswithbeth.com/television.)
Here's the key - found in our opening verse - thirst! If you're thirsty for more of God, all you have to do is ask, believe and receive! Let's pray.
Say This: "Father, I want to be filled with your Spirit. I need and desire Your power to be a witness for Jesus. I want to live an effective, fruitful and joy-filled life full of Your Spirit. Teach me and fill me, in Jesus' Name. Amen."
P.S. Just in case you can't catch the TV show, you can learn more about this topic of the Holy Spirit by claiming our special TV offer! For your gift of any amount (plus shipping), we'll send you a copy of my book, The Spirit Empowered Life. Check it out!