Dear Loved One,
One of my favorite stories about my granddaughter, Dawn, happened when she was around five years old. Dawn was going to be running in a jog-a-thon, and she sent a letter to Anna and me asking us to sponsor her by pledging to give a certain amount of money per lap that she ran.
The event was held at the high school, so the laps were the size of the high school track. I remember thinking, “That’s a long way for a five-year-old!” I thought it would be great if Dawn ran a full lap or two during the race. I pledged a dollar a lap but promised to send $10 no matter how far Dawn ran. I also let Dawn know that Anna and I were standing with her in her race and would be cheering her on from afar.
A few weeks later, I got a letter saying Dawn ran eleven laps! I remember thinking, “I can’t believe this! That’s nearly three miles, and this is a little kid!” I thought, “Where does she get her athletic ability and stamina?!” Of course, her father ran marathons, and her grandfather was quite an athlete, too! It must be in her genes!
All joking aside, I knew what got my little five-year-old granddaughter to run that far. It was a great big surge of adrenaline.
There were a whole bunch of other little kids running, and her parents were there cheering her on. I also wouldn’t be surprised if knowing her Grandma and Grandpa were supporting her didn’t give her a little extra boost of adrenaline to keep on running.
Adrenaline is that surge of energy that comes in response to something exciting or threatening happening. In response to this particular situation, we get a rush of adrenaline to energize or sustain us. Adrenaline is a resource of the moment.
Just like we sometimes need a surge of adrenaline in our physical bodies, there are also times we need a surge of adrenaline in our spiritual lives.
As the summer progresses, it is easy to get lulled into a lazy-daisy rhythm of life and to be become a bit “de-energized.” Now, I believe in seasons of rest and in the importance of spending quality, unrushed time with our loved ones. But, I don’t want us to be lulled into spiritual complacency.
That is why I feel the Lord directed me to write to you about receiving a fresh surge of spiritual adrenaline, which is a fresh filling from the Holy Spirit!
Each child of God has the genetic make-up of being one of His children. But this genetic reality—by itself—is not enough to empower us in situations that require an extra release of power or energy. In those times, we need a fresh surge from the Holy Spirit.
The Importance of Receiving Fresh Surges from the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18 says, “Be filled with the Spirit.” What is significant about this verse is that Paul was writing to people that were committed, established, and mature in the Lord, and yet he still urged them to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The reason why is because an initial experience with the Holy Spirit will not get us where we need to be, and last week or last month’s experience will not sustain us forever. This verse is literally saying you need to keep on being filled with the Spirit.
As we run the course of our lives and face lap after lap, fresh surges of Holy Adrenaline from the Holy Spirit enable us to run the “laps of life” with fidelity and power. These surges release a fresh flow of life power from the Kingdom of Heaven that gives us a renewed capacity and capability to “run the race set out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV)
When we come to the Lord and ask to be freshly filled with His Spirit and commit to being freshly available to His purposes, He will release the life and power of His Kingdom within us. Isn’t that a great promise, Loved One?
As we continue to be freshly filled with the Holy Spirit, we will experience a deepening and advancing of the Lord’s work within us. And as we experience this, three specific things will happen that I would like to share with you.
You’ll see more clearly. You’ll love more dearly. You’ll walk more nearly.
First, you will see more clearly in the invisible realm. During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He encountered and dealt with demons, not as “mystical forces” merely probing the human experience, but as entities that needed to be dominated by the power of the Kingdom of Heaven, because they were agents of the kingdom of hell.
Seeing more clearly in the invisible realm is not a matter of “seeing things” as we do in the physical realm. It is about being sensitized to the realities and powers that move and exist in the invisible realm. Please hear this, Loved One, the importance of seeing in the invisible is not about becoming a “mystic.” It is about becoming realistic.
There are powers and forces actively seeking to invade your mind and your home, to divide your family, and to defeat your marriage. These forces are ever working to pollute your pattern of life, to ruin your work, and to corrupt our society.
This is why we need to keep on being filled with fresh surges of the Holy Spirit! When we are freshly filled with the Holy Spirit, we can call forth the presence and power of Heaven into our world, and that power will invade our culture.
Seeing more clearly in the invisible realm empowers us to move in Spirit-filled prayer and to be part of God’s power being manifested and victorious on this earth. These prayers bring the power of Heaven to Earth, but this only happens when God’s people engage in spiritual warfare. As believers, we are most effective in spiritual warfare when we are being freshly filled with the Holy Spirit.
Please hear this, Loved One, receiving fresh surges from the Spirit enables us to see more clearly in the invisible and to do battle more victoriously on this earth.
Second, you will love the Father and His family more dearly. As believers, you and I know God loves us, but we regularly face situations that cause us to need fresh outpourings of the Holy Spirit to energize and intensify our sense of His love for us.
This is important because when we are confident in God’s love for us, it deepens our confidence and understanding of who we are in Christ. When we understand who we are in Christ, we can fully live out what God has for us. Receiving an overflow from the Holy Spirit deepens our understanding and confidence in both God’s love for us and our identity in Christ.
We also need recurring surgings of the Holy Spirit to teach us to love more dearly. When the Father’s love fills our hearts, a deeper love for His family and the world will overflow out of us. When we are filled up with the Father’s love, we are better able to minister to the people and situations that He leads us to.
Lastly, we will walk more nearly to God’s will for our lives. This means setting out with the winds of the Spirit in our sail and being willing to go to new places.
Loved One, my prayer for you and me is that we will be in the exact place God has for us at every moment and season in our lives. But this requires movement, and sometimes this movement requires travelling into the wilderness or walking through a desert.
When we walk through a wilderness season, we may experience uncertainty or feel a certain dryness during those times. Sometimes, the heat of the circumstances we are in causes us to feel a lack of “fruitfulness” or vitality. These are the times and seasons that we need a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit the most.
A fresh surge of the Spirit has a way of not only causing us to see more clearly and love more dearly, but to walk more nearly to God’s will, so we are open and ready to go to a new place.
The new place God has for us is sometimes on the other side of a wilderness or desert. But when we get to this new place, we will experience the refreshing and life-giving rain of Heaven, and that can turn even the most desolate of situations into something that is vibrant and flourishing.
Loved One, I pray we will respond to the Lord’s call to keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit, so that we have the Holy Adrenaline needed to run the race set out for us. And as we open up and receive these fresh surges of the Spirit, we will be able to see more clearly, love more dearly, and walk more nearly.
Grateful for Fresh Fillings of His Spirit,
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