More Life in the Spirit

It recently struck me how often I don’t seem to really live a life dominated daily by the Holy Spirit, at least not every day. It is one thing to think about an outpouring of the Spirit, a moving of the Spirit, or the Spirit’s power coming upon a sermon that brings great power. But it is another thing altogether to think in terms of daily life–getting up on a normal day, relating to your family, going about your daily routine and business, relating to people, and just living daily, all with the fullness and help of the Holy Spirit. How much do I know that experientially day by day? Normal daily life, week by week, lived in the Spirit’s fullness. It is certainly my need more and more.

I need more of a walk in the Spirit in relating to family daily, more of the Spirit upon my daily readings, upon my prayer time, more of the Spirit’s presence in my conversations with my wife, children, and others. I need more walking in the Spirit in my thought life, in simple times of sitting, resting, or walking daily. To live conscious of the Spirit’s presence, to welcome Him into all things, to live in dependence upon His presence and enabling power–this is my great need in the daily grind, more than even in public ministry. It’s easy to welcome Him into the big things, but how about all the little things of daily living? How much would He help us if we welcomed His fullness more daily.

The dispensationlist and some cessationists would say to me at this point, “You are wanting something that is not biblical. We have the Holy Spirit already, and to live life more “in the Spirit” is simply to obey the Bible daily and try to apply it–that is all we need.”

I would quickly reply, “No, that is not all we need, because He can be given to us more experientially and more powerfully in all areas–more of His working in our lives.” We need experientially more communion with the Spirit and more of his conscious presence upon us. We need His working more in daily life, and not just more of the Bible only.

How I need the Spirit’s enablings, visitations, refreshings, quickenings, broodings, encouragements, enlightenments, convictions, drawings, and fresh workings more than ever. Walking, living, loving, pressing on, running well to the end of life, and finally dying in victory and assurance, by the enabling work of the Holy Spirit.

Do we ever pray like this?

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
and lighten us with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love.
Enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our soiled face
with the abundance of thy grace.
Keep far from foes, give peace at home:
where Thou art guide, no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
and Thee, of both, to be but One,
that through the ages all along,
this may be our endless song:

Praise to Thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

or like this?

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
And in our souls take up your rest;
Come with your grace and heavenly aid
To fill the hearts which you have made.

O Comforter, to you we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
And sweet anointing from above.

You in your sevenfold gifts are known;
You, finger of God’s hand, we own;
You, promise of the Father, you
Who do the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our senses from above,
And make our hearts overflow with love;
With patience firm and virtue high
The weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
And grant us your peace instead;
So shall we not, with you for guide,
Turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may your grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know;
And you, through endless times confessed,
Of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With you, O holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven.

May we daily be asking for more and more of His real, daily work in us and upon us, that we might know more and more of true life in the Spirit. If Luke 11:13 is true, then may we believe it and appropriate it continually.

– Mack Tomlinson

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