John 7:37-39 (NET) On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’” (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Nnena started deeply desiring to be filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. She started asking God to fill her with the Holy Spirit through prayers and fasting. One evening while in Church, she received the baptism of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands. Her heart was filled with joy as she spoke in tongues and glorified God for hours. This happened three weeks after the scales fell off her eyes and she now truly wanted to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Her desire for the Holy Spirit made all the difference. She had been a believer for eight years without the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but when she truly started desiring to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, she prayed, fasted, and attended the right programs where she knew servants of God would lay hands on her to receive the Holy Spirit.

Today’s Bible verse reveals that it is those who thirst that would come and drink [of the Holy Spirit]. Many believers thirst but not many know how to come and drink. Coming to drink means we don’t stop at the level of desire(thirst) but we act according to that desire in faith. It also means that when prayers are being made or/and hands are laid upon us to receive the Holy Spirit, we don’t shut our mouths and expect the Holy Spirit to force them open. When a person is drinking water, he doesn’t close his mouth but opens it(Psalm 81:10).

Go into today remembering that in order to receive the Holy Spirit, and in order to grow in communion with Him and grow in His grace, power, and gifts, there has to be thirst(great desire) in our hearts. Actions of faith must follow this thirst.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Yearly Bible Reading: II Corinthians 9-10 (In Devotional Audio)

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