THE HOVERING HOLY SPIRIT
Whatever you need to do, I strongly encourage you not to miss the day of your visitation from the Lord. If you are not experiencing this move of God where you live, then travel as often as you can, to participate in church gatherings where God is moving. There is a time when we should press in, with a hunger and a thirst, for more of God’s manifest presence. This is that time.
How can God, who created the universe, be so personal with us? He made more than one hundred trillion planets, spanning over 13 billion light years of space. The Bible says, “But will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!” 2Chron. 6:18
King Solomon asked the question, “Will God really dwell on earth with men?” He asked this when he finished building the temple. As he was dedicating it, the Lord responded. The fire of God fell and lit the sacrifice. The cloud of God’s glory filled the temple and it was so powerful that the priests could not enter or stand. All of Israel fell on their faces and worshipped God.
It is so amazing; God, who is bigger than the universe, made mankind for fellowship, in the fullness of His presence.
From the beginning, the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the water. The earth was without form. It was void of life and contained no light, but God came down to the atmosphere of this tiny planet and chose it to be our dwelling place.
He instructed Moses to build the Ark of The Covenant, Then, He came and hovered over it, between the golden Cherubim. He said He would meet with us there.
Again, He hovered over the entire temple, filling it with His presence. He hovered over the threshold (the entrance way) so that all the people could see His glory (see Ezekiel 10:18-19).
When Jesus was baptized by John, the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove and hovered over Him. The Holy Spirit remained for some time hovering over the Lord.. “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” Mt. 3:17
“‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’” Jn. 1:33
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples and hovered over each of them in what looked like flames of fire. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them (see Acts 2:3-4).
During times of heartfelt worship, we experience the manifest presence of the Lord, but there were times throughout history when God poured out His Holy Spirit in a more powerful way.
Jesus always had the Holy Spirit, but when He was baptized in water, the Holy Spirit was manifest in a more powerful way.
Before the day of Pentecost, the disciples had experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit, but suddenly, on that day, God’s presence became more intense.
We should be careful not to downplay what is happening, because of our past or present experience with the Holy Spirit. Perhaps God is wanting to do something more.
Revival can mean different things. It can be the salvation of many people, an unstoppable move of prayer and worship, a fresh release of miracles, or the presence of God being so strong that people cannot stand up. Perhaps it means all of these things.
On the day of Pentecost, Peter explained what was happening.
He quoted from the Old Testament.
“IN THE LAST DAYS, GOD SAYS,
I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT
ON ALL PEOPLE.” ACTS 1:17
The Scripture does not say that God will sprinkle His Spirit or dab His Spirit, but rather, that He will pour out His Spirit on all people. I picture a coach being drenched with Gatorade after winning the final game of the season. The players come up behind him and soak him. They pour the entire bucket of juice over him.
If God pours out His Holy Spirit on you, it will be overwhelming. It will be a baptism, a complete emersion. The experience is more than a feeling of God’s inner presence; it is a drenching in the Spirit that profoundly changes everything.
Many Christians that I know, look back to a time when they experienced revival. They were so impacted by the experience that it set them up for life. While a continuous walk with the Holy Spirit is a must for every disciple, we love it when the Lord shakes things up and pours out His Spirit in unpredictable, more powerful ways.
Oh Lord, give us revival. Let a Holy Spirit revival flood the USA and let it go out from here to the nations.
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DR. PETER WYNS
Founder & President
Christian for Messiah Ministries
Pastor at Antioch International Church
Instructions in Righteousness is produced by “Christians for Messiah Ministries” (CFM). Dr. Peter Wyns is the President of CFM and the Head Pastor of Antioch International Church. He has served as a pastor for 54 years and ministered in more than 45 nations.