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 The Thirst For The Spirit - Arthur Wallis

THE THIRST FOR THE SPIRIT

“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst, for they shall be filled.”

This is exactly what God is doing today all over the Western world. He is filling His hungering and thirsting ones, as He said He would. Many are coming into a new experience of the Holy Spirit. They may have known His gracious work in their hearts and lives for years, but they have come to a strange state of spiritual dissatisfaction— a state surely created by the Spirit Himself.

These are beginning to long for something more than they have yet known. They notice that the early Christians knew a liberty, a joy, a power, an authority, a fruitfulness and an effectiveness that seem in these days to be more rare than the “gold of Ophir.” They say to themselves: “Whydoesn’t my experience at least approx­imate to what these men knew in the Book? God hasn’t changed, nor have the resources of the Divine Spirit been expended. The difference must be in me, in my hardness of heart and unbelief!”

Perhaps we have been brought up to believe that “we had it all when we got converted.” However, it is clear from the New Testament that the Apostles and the early Christians did not have it all when they were con­verted. When we start to study this question in the Word with open minds and hearts, we discover that this being filled with the Holy Spirit of which the New Testament speaks is something definite and dynamic. It is something that makes a revolutionary difference in a person’s life and witness. He knows when he has it, and very soon other people know also. How different from this rather vague and mystic thing that so many people think is being filled, with the Spirit of God.

Brethren, God wants to restore to the Church all that she knew in New Testament times of His grace and His power. What we see in the New Testament is surely available to us. But are we open for it?

We may be interested in revival. We may believe that revival is the only hope of the Church today. We may even be praying for it. But are we ready for what God may be about to do? Are we saying, “Lord, I want Revival; but not revival with that?”

How would we feel if a gracious movement of the Holy Spirit should break out in our midst that was marked and attended by signs and wonders? What would we think if the Spirit of God was poured out as at the beginning, and there were tongues and prophecies and healing? “Oh, we want revival, Lord, but not that!”

Beloved, who are we to tell the Almighty how He should do His work? The Sovereign Lord works as He will. Of course we must test the spirits. Of course we shall want to be sure that what comes is truly from heaven. But we can be cautious without being critical. We can be discerning without being destructive. Oh, let us have an open mind lest we be among those who cling to tradi­tion and miss God.

God is meeting with Christians today from churches and independent fellowships having no connection with the Pentecostal movement. He is filling them with His Spirit as in Apostolic times. Many testify to the transfor­mation of life and service through the experience which God has given them.

We do not insist that supernatural signs are an es­sential ingredient of this fullness, but we are saying that God is sovereign. He works as He will, but we need to recognize the way He is working and be open and ready for Him to do what He will.

From "Revival and Recovery" by Arthur Wallis


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 Re: The Thirst For The Spirit - Arthur Wallis

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Perhaps we have been brought up to believe that “we had it all when we got converted.” However, it is clear from the New Testament that the Apostles and the early Christians did not have it all when they were converted.


They didn't have it all until the went to the upper room!! :)

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Beloved, who are we to tell the Almighty how He should do His work? The Sovereign Lord works as He will. Of course we must test the spirits. Of course we shall want to be sure that what comes is truly from heaven.
But we can be cautious without being critical.
We can be discerning without being destructive.
Oh, let us have an open mind lest we be among those who cling to tradition and miss God.


Brother,

Thank you for this! I got it and enjoyed reading it! :)

God bless,
Lisa


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 Re: The Thirst For The Spirit - Arthur Wallis

Good word!

Acts 1 verse 8: " Ye shall receive power when the Holy Ghost has come UPON you!"

Power for what? Power to do the work of the kingdom, just as was said of Jesus:" How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth, Who went about doing good (casting out demons, raising the dead, feeding the hungry, healing the sick etc.) and healing all who were oppressed of the devil"


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