Paul closed his second letter to the Corinthian church with an encouragement for them to develop fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14). The idea of being able to develop a relationship with the Spirit of God is foreign to the majority of believers. I believe that this is due to a lack of awareness of the spiritual realm.
One of the primary barriers to our being able to develop this relationship is for us to gain a revelation of the work that was accomplished in our spirits when we became Christians. Without this revelation we will be left at the mercy of our flesh nature. Living in bondage to our flesh nature creates an awareness of our sins and faults that will block us from developing intimacy with our heavenly Father.
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 2 Corinthians 5:16
Paul talks about knowing “Christ after the flesh”. He had lived when Jesus walked the earth and ministered. Today we have an open door to know Him after the spirit. We will have to first get to know ourselves in the Spirit for our relationship with our Lord to develop. This will not happen if we do not first develop a revelation of who we are in Him as a result of the work completed in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Let’s say you and I agreed to meet for lunch. We have never met and so would need to provide a description of our physical features to help us identify each other. This could include things like our hair color, height, etc. I don’t think either of us would have any problem providing this information because we know ourselves “after the flesh”.
If I came to you and ask for a description of who you are in Christ what would your answer be? A lot of people would answer with a religious cliché based on things they have been taught in their churches. How many of us are grounded in the Word with a revelation of who we are in Christ that we would not have to think before describing ourselves “after the spirit”?
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Matthew 10:18
Jesus told His disciples that they would lay hands on the sick and see them recover. He said that we would raise the dead and cleanse lepers but how many of us are doing this? There are churches who say that these things are no longer needed. Some people say that God uses some people with a miraculous anointing but not others. I personally do not find a follow up statement by Jesus that there would be a time limit for these things to happen.
If there is not a time limit for how long the Church should have experienced miracles, then why are we not seeing them in greater manifestation today? The Bible tells us that God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). Wouldn’t He be respecting some above others if only a few are chosen to minister in the power of God?
The Holy Spirit was sent to dwell in our spirit. Jesus said that He would be with us forever (John 14:16). He is the one who manifests the power of God through our lives. A lot of Christians spend countless hours praying for the power of God to be poured out without seeing results. If the Holy Spirit is the power of God and He is dwelling in our spirits, how can God provide more power? I believe that we are not seeing greater manifestations of the power due to a lack of revelation concerning the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is dwelling in your spirit if you are a Christian. He is the power of God and we do not have to ‘pray down the power’ because it is already inside of us in the person of the Holy Spirit.
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