Today I am writing from Bulgaria. I have had several very blessed days here in the church of Sofia and Plovdiv. The presence of Holy Spirit has been wonderful. The hunger, willingness, and teachable hearts of the people has been refreshing. It is great to be with family and this is my Bulgarian family. I will be in Blagoevgrad, tomorrow and Wednesday. I am looking forward to all that God is going to do.
We often think of God in heaven, but the truth is that God is in heaven and on earth. Christ in us is the hope of glory and Christ in us is the testimony of God in us. We not only have an anointing in us, we have the presence of the anointed One in, with, and upon our lives. It is important for us to welcome His presence and to welcome His life in all that we are and do. The work of the Holy Spirit is a work of life. The Father has sent the Spirit and the Spirit invites the Son. Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings in all the earth and the Holy Spirit has come in His name. Holy Spirit partners with us as the bride of Christ and calls for the manifest presence of Jesus to come in increasing measures in the ages of men.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
The Holy Spirit is God with us and He comes in the name of Jesus. The water that we freely drink of is the water of the Holy Spirit. It is the life of the Holy Spirit flowing in and through our lives to bring life to us and to the world we live in.
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
When we receive Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit. It is by believing Jesus receive the Holy Spirit and when we receive the Holy Spirit we become testimonies of the life that comes by Jesus name.
John 7:37-39 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. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 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.
It is the Holy Spirit of God that draws us to God the Father and God the Son. Holy Spirit precedes the work of God in all things and is God with us and God at work with us in all things. In the book of beginnings (Genesis) we find the Holy Spirit as the expression of God in the earth. Holy Spirit was ready, willing, and able to bring life to all that needed life.
Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
What was the Holy Spirit doing in Gen. 1:2? Holy Spirit was hovering over what needed the life of God. There was a need for order, fullness, and light. These are all attributes of life. God is the One who gives life, breath, and all things. Holy Spirit was there in the beginning to give life, breath, and all things. Holy Spirit is ready to do the same in our lives and Holy Spirit is the source of every beginning in our lives. What in your life needs form or order today? Holy Spirit is God ready to bring the form and order of life to your situation of need. What in your life needs filling? Holy Spirit is ready to fill what is empty with the fullness of life. What in your live is dark? Holy Spirit is ready to bring light to every area of darkness. The order of life, the fullness of life, and the brightness of the light of life is in the heart of God and Holy Spirit is ready to hover over our areas of need. Holy Spirit cares for us and we need to welcome the Holy Spirit in every new day of our lives. It is not just a matter of partnering with Him. It is a matter of intimacy, fellowship, and connection.
Think of something that needs to come together in your life. Recognize the Holy Spirit is God and He is already brooding over your situation. Talk to Him. Expect His care to bring about His word and His testimony in your life. Think of something in your life that needs filling. Holy Spirit is hovering over what is empty and preparing to fill with the fullness of God’s life. Talk to Him. Expect His care to bring about the filling testimony of life. Think of something in your life that needs light. Holy Spirit is God and God is light. Holy Spirit is moving into your area of darkness. Talk to Him. Expect His care to bring about the testimony of His light. Don’t be afraid to pray in a mystery. His mystery is better than our knowing when our knowing is only confused by natural sight.
Ted J. Hanson