Genesis 1:2 The Spirit of the God was hovering over the waters
Have you ever wondered what your church or your life would look like if there was a genuine and authentic move of the Spirit of God. I long again for the day when we would embrace His fullness in everything we do. I don’t mind all the new and creative things we are doing in our churches and the efforts individual believers are exerting to please God.
But I am longing again for a move of God through His Spirit, because I’m convinced that where he is there is freedom, power and the ability to do greater things for God. He makes everything easy when He shows up. It is like the working of His mighty power within. When He is there, we do not only preach and teach than let people go home without experiencing what we talked about in our sermons – we do it like Jesus did it: teaching, preaching, healing, and delivering those oppressed by the devil by the power of the Holy Spirit. Like somebody once said,
teaching and preaching without healing and delivering the oppressed is a modern invention.
When I read Gen 1 and 2, what I am left with is this image of the Holy Spirit hovering over the face of the waters and when God spoke and said “let there be” – things happened because the Spirit of God took active part in creation. I see the same picture in the New Testament, where the Holy Spirit rested upon Jesus during his baptism. At that time He was filled with the Spirit’s power and He went around doing great thing – not because He was God, but because of the Spirit resting on Him.
For me this “hovering” in the Old Testament and this “resting” in the new is what the church needs so desperately. It is imperative that we seek to allow the Holy Spirit to hover or rest over us. Imagine with me what we could carry out with the Holy Spirit hovering over our lives – even better, living in us in power and strength. This is what Jesus was talking about when He said, “Greater works shall you do because I go to the father.” He was saying that when the Spirit of God comes upon you, you will be able to do great things.
We should understand that our creativity, preaching abilities, leadership skills, our theology, our best efforts either to live for or serve him are good but not good enough. We can only do much. But “with God we can do exploits.” We need the Holy Spirit’s power to enable us to preach, write, lead, serve, and live for him.
We should crave and seek for more of His presence in our lives, our churches and in our witness. We must create atmospheres in our homes and meetings where the Holy Spirit can come and hover or rest.
It is imperative that we become aware of the fact that He (the Holy Spirit) is the only one who can make the difference in what we do. Therefore, living a life that allows him to move and paying the prize in fasting and praying, humbly asking for His help and stepping out of His way so that He can do what He wants to do – is key to enjoying the power that comes from Him hovering and resting over us.
In what ways are you giving Him space to make the difference in and through you today? Please share your experience if you can. Thank you! More of Him in you today.
I seek God every day and strive to live for him and I feel that opens my heart for his spirit to fill me.
“teaching and preaching without healing and delivering the oppressed is a modern invention.” It certainly is “unnatural” to those who have Jesus living within them. Recently I’ve come to understand that Jesus, as a man, lived life fully surrendered to the Father. He did so to show us what it looked like…and can for us if we allow Him to work through us as we fully surrender to the Father as well. That blows my mind. No wonder He said that we would do all He had…and more…as His disciples. Wowee. To say that my experience falls woefully short of His would be an understatement!
Great post. Thanks!
I love this post! You’re absolutley right. We should be demonstrating the Gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that His followers would lay hands on the sick and they would be healed and so on. I’ve experienced God’s supernatural power a number of times. The problem is me. Most of the time, I don’t seek him with ALL my heart and ALL my mind. The truth is I’m easily distracted. On the bright side, I’m seeing a mighty move of the Holy Spirit in my congregation. Miracles!
Thank you Sheryl for the thumbs up on this post. And I praise the Lord for what He is doing in your church. Is it not amazing that God chooses to use us mightily as we avail ourselves completely to him. Even though He is sovereign an can do whatever He wants whenever, he still looks for opportunities to use us. I guess the key is to just make oneself available. I hope what’s going on in your church could be the same in every church – God’s tangible power and presence. Stay blessed!
Sadly, the Spirit is missing from alot of Churches these days. And I do, long for the day when there is a authentic move of the Spirit in the churches! Amen to that!
truly sad, not because He refuses to move, but because we refuse to allow Him to move. Too busy with our programs and not busy enough with Him in prayer.
Amen to that!
I love to contemplate the Holy Spirit’s role in creation, because He was there…
For us, hovering-resting-filling of the Holy Spirit is what we must seek so that our sermons will be accompanied by POWER!
Yes indeed, he make everything easy