It’s the day after Thanksgiving… Did you get enough to eat yesterday? I’m now extremely full after the 3 rounds of leftovers I had tonight for dinner! I am more stuffed than the turkey was yesterday! But that’s not quite the kind of hunger I am talking about. Are you hungry for more of God? Are you satisfied or do you want a little bit more?
It is only when we get hungry spiritually that we receive the Holy Spirit. The gift of the essential nature of God is placed and made effective in us by the Holy Spirit. He imparts to us the quickening life of Jesus, making us truly alive. He takes that which was “beyond” us and places it “within” us. And immediately, once “the beyond” has come “within,” it rises up to “the above,” and we are lifted into the kingdom where Jesus lives and reigns (see John 3:5). (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, November 28).
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit since you believed?” Acts 19:2