The Holy Spirit is present and working today, just as the time of Acts. Have you seen the Holy Spirit at work? Have you felt the Spirit’s presence? Have you called on the Spirit and opened yourself to receive it. The first step to experiencing the Power of the Holy Spirit is to read the Bible and get to know the Holy Spirit through God’s Word. By understanding the Spirit through the Word we know what the Power of the Spirit can and will look like.
If you are set that the age of miracles have passed, and that the Holy Spirit is not moving in the present age as in the past, you have already closed yourself off to receiving the Spirit, and more so, you have defined God through your own bias than through His Word.
The Holy Spirit manifests through healing, through speaking in tongues, and visions. I encourage you to reread the story of Pentecost and the rise of the early church empowered through the Holy Spirit. When people received Jesus as their Savior, there was an experience of Baptism in the Holy Spirit. After this experience they produced gifts of the Spirit in amazing ways.
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
– Acts 2:1-4
How then do we welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives? How can we experience being in the presence of the Holy Spirit? Worship serves as a powerful means to invite the Holy Spirit to be with us. Especially corporate worship – coming together as a group of believers opening ourselves up to praise God and dedicating time to grow our relationships with Him. Jesus says when two or more believers are present He is there among us. And when his time is specifically set aside for Jesus we can enter into his presence.
Worship starts through a willing heart. We must remove all barriers between us and Jesus – we cannot be distracted, we cannot be hard-hearted, we cannot feel burdened to worship. Let your guard down and let Jesus into your heart. Approach worship excited with the opportunity to praise God, to recognize His blessings, and to exclaim His involvement in your life. You’ve been made new, reborn – share your testimony in every word you sing proclaiming Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
As you pour out your energy and your Love through worship you empty the built up burdens of life and open an area for Jesus to enter in and fill you with His Love. This is the opportunity to experience the Holy Spirit. Pour out yourself and let the Holy Spirit pour into you. Deliberately invite the Holy Spirit into the worship experience.
Worship is unique in its fully body engagement. You use your mind, your voice, and your body. What does all out worship look like? Look at at King David when he returned the Tabernacle to Jerusalem – he jumped, danced, and sang without restraint.
16 As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart.
– 2 Samuel 6:16
We are called to fully commit all of our being to praising God. More and more, devoted worship will lead you into the presence of the Holy Spirit. You will deepen in your relationship with Jesus. You will begin to witness miracles in your life. God wants to take an active role in your life – use worship to open yourself to His call.
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Michael is a servant of Jesus Christ and is currently an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is a techy by trade, but a worshiper at heart. He founded Armed to Worship with his wife, Kimber, to equip the world for worship.