Sun, 2017-11-05 12:22
3. Praying for the Final Outpouring of the Spirit of God
We are on the final countdown towards the Return of Jesus Christ.
We are in the “latter times” when God is pouring out the “latter rain” of His Spirit on humanity, according to His prophecy in Joel 2:28.
Joel 2:28–32 (NKJV) And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. 29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. 30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. 32 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved …
- This prophecy had its initial (and partial) fulfilment on the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago
- The Outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost was the former rain
- The Outpourings of the Spirit in these last days are part of the latter rain
- The main purpose of any Outpouring of God’s Spirit is to produce a harvest of souls
- Hunger and thirst for more of God is the only criteria to qualify for a personal Outpouring of God’s Spirit
John 7:37–39 (NKJV) On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Vs. 37… if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
Not all are thirsty for more of God, but those who are will be satisfied.
Vs. 38 a.) He who believes in me (that means being born again)
b.) He spoke concerning the Spirit whom those believing in Him would
receive … (that means being the baptised with the Holy Spirit)
Acts 2:1-4 describes the Outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost when 120 disciples who believed in Jesus received Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 5:6 (NKJV) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Of all the thousands who had followed Jesus desiring healing and deliverance etc., there were only 120 genuinely hungry people who waited on God for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:4–5 (NKJV) And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 1:8 (NKJV) 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.”
Acts 1:12–14 (NKJV) Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Unsurprisingly, God poured out His Spirit in a prayer meeting. It is in prayer that we express our thirst for more of God in our lives. It is through reading and studying God’s Word that we demonstrate our hunger for knowing His will for our lives.
Luke 1:53 (NKJV) He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
Rich – not necessarily rich in worldly goods, but having an attitude of being satisfied with worldly things while at the same time being spiritually empty and dry
Revelation 3:17 (LB) “You say, ‘I am rich, with everything I want; I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that spiritually you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
As believers we need to maintain a constant spiritual hunger and thirst.
Revelation 22:17 (AMP) The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost.
Once again, this “living water” of the Holy Spirit is available free and without cost. The only criteria necessary to receive more of Him is spiritual thirst.
How to have a Personal Revival:
Ephesians 5:18–20 (Msg) Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him.19 Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. 20 Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:18 (LB) Don’t drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path; be filled instead with the Holy Spirit and controlled by him.
Quotes by Rev. Wesley Myland (author of “The Latter Rain Covenant”)
“The great faculties of your soul are to be controlled by Him, your imagination purified, your perception clarified, your reason and judgment well balanced, and your will submissive to God. The spiritual faculties and I mean by that your conscience and your affections, must be renewed and brought under the dominance of the Holy Spirit”.
“It is useless to ask God for more of Himself until He gets more of you”.
“So when you are asking God, “Give me more of Thyself,” the real prayer should be, “Lord get me, I am yielding to Thee.” We would like to get more of God while in our present position, but we cannot do that. God moves down to man only to show him how to move into God, but He will never change His will to accommodate us. This requires on our part the forsaking of all things that are not of God”.
“Here Jesus must be enthroned until we not only have the Spirit of Christ in our hearts (spiritual nature) but until we have also the mind of Christ in our soul (intellect).”
How to have a Family Revival:
Peter visits the house of Cornelius to share Christ with him and his family:
Acts 10:44–46 (NKJV) While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God …
- Why did the Holy Spirit fall on these people?
- Was this a random move of God?
- Was this a sovereign act of God?
- The Holy Spirit fell on Cornelius and his family because they were hungry for more of God
How to have Societal Revival:
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, andturn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
God says that if His people do four things:
- Humble themselves
- Seek his face
- Turn from their wicked ways
Then He will do three things:
- Hear from heaven
- Forgive their sin
- Heal their land