Father, thank you for your insights into the Scripture and into yourself. As I am meditating on Mark 1, I saw:
- John announced someone was going to come who would baptize with the Holy Spirit. (vs. 8)
- Then I read how the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus. (vv. 9-11)
- The Spirit sent him into the desert and he was tempted there by Satan.
*Father, we may have the Holy Spirit in our lives, like Jesus, and we may be obedient to the Spirit, yet we may have many temptations and trials. This is like Abram going to the land you showed him, Canaan, and then at some point when Abram was there, there was a famine in the land. Being full of the Spirit and led by the Spirit does not mean there is no temptations and trials. The Spirit will lead us into times of testing.
- Jesus invites Simon, Andrew, James and John to follow him. Thus, Father, correct me if I'm wrong:
*A person who baptizes with the Holy Spirit possesses the Holy Spirit. In order to "pass on" the Holy Spirit, I must be possessed by and living by the Holy Spirit. (That will at least entice people to live by the Spirit.)
*Jesus invited people to follow him. Those who followed him were later filled with the Holy Spirit. Thus, as we invite people to follow Jesus, and as they learn of him and increasingly desire and obey him, they too will receive the Holy Spirit. In the learning process, you give us a taste of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
* Then, they too being led by the Spirit may have times of testing. They too, as Jesus did, will then have the power of the Holy Spirit to pass the tests. In the past, before Christ was in our lives, we naturally did what our flesh and Satan desires us to do. Now, as we live by the Spirit, we have the power and authority to resist.
* Thus, I have a role in "passing on" the Holy Spirit. (It truly is a work of God.) It begins with me living by the Holy Spirit.
* Part of Jesus making fishers of men, maybe I should say it was the final step, was the giving of the Holy Spirit. Before Jesus ascended, Jesus said to the apostles, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in..." (Acts 1:8)
Father, is there a drought of the Holy Spirit? Father, I don't have great eyesight, especially spiritually. I see trickles of the Holy Spirit's work occurring. I am grateful for that. However, I want to see rushing waters immersing us. May we be bathing ourselves in you. May it begin with me!