The further I travel in my walk with God, the more I can see my need for a greater measure of the Holy Spirit. In Christendom too, I can see that we have only received a limited unction from God; we have received the Spirit only in a measure. There is a life described in the Bible that is expected of any person who has received the baptism with the Holy Spirit, which I find to be out of reach of most Christians, the reason not being a lack of effort on our part but a lack of unction. There is a place we must yearn for and reach in the Spirit where the Spirit of God rests so fully upon us that we will be able to experience the Christian life described in the Bible. Does’nt Paul pray for the Ephesian believers to be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19)? Had’nt they already received the Spirit? Certainly!
How does the Bible describe this life? Lets look at some verses.
1. 1John 2:6 “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” This verse speaks of living as Jesus lived.
2. 1Corinthians 2:16 “But we have the mind of Christ.” This speaks of thinking as Jesus thinks.
3. John 14:12 “Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do because I go to my Father.” This speaks of doing what Jesus did.
None of the above is remotely possible without the Holy Spirit.
I have had the privilege of leading people to Christ, baptizing people in water, leading people into the baptism of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands, casting out demons and healing the sick in the name of Jesus. I can tell you that I do get a great sense of fulfillment while in ministry, however there is still a deep yearning within my soul for I know that there is a higher place of union and communion with Christ that alone will truly satisfy. All ministry is just the natural outcome of the union and communion we have with Christ.
The soul can only be satisfied with more of God; ministry can never take God’s place. I believe that is why Paul, despite the wonderful ministry and the miracles he performed, still yearned to know Christ in a greater measure.
May the Lord Jesus, the baptizer in the Holy Spirit, pour out His Spirit upon us in a greater measure so that we can enter into this supernatural life that he promised.