The Greatest Gift

If any of our children ask for something good, we would not give them something evil instead. How much more will our Father Yahweh give His Holy Spirit to any of us who ask Him?

When Simon the warlock saw Philip doing miraculous works as he evangelized the Samaritan town where Simon lived, he was impressed enough to believe Jesus to be the Messiah and get saved from his sin. When he saw Peter and John lay hands on the new believers around him and saw them get filled with the Holy Spirit, he was more impressed than when he saw the miracles through Philip (Acts 8:4-19).

I am convinced that we would be wise to frequently ask our Father to give us the Greatest Gift afresh. It is perhaps even greater than salvation. If we weren’t given the Holy Spirit as an influence, we couldn’t believe and be saved. He wants to continually influence us to greater, deeper experiences in Him.

Ask.

Captive Thoughts

For although we are walking in the flesh, we do not wage war in a fleshly way, since the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:3-6 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)

You may only have authority over yourself in the circles of your life. You may not be a manager or a leader of others. Whether you have clear lines of influence over others or not, you will not likely affect them for the Kingdom if you are not ruling well over your own self.

Bringing every response to every situation under the influence of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of His presence will manifest the Kingdom of Heaven in your mind first, and then in the places where you have influence. Some of the places you don’t even know you have influence, so presume you do, rather than that you don’t.

Some of your influence in the earth is not as a king, but as a priest – to intercede for those around you and influence them from the throne of Heaven. Even that requires accessing the fruit of the Spirit.

Joy In Him

Therefore, do not let your good be slandered, for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever serves the Messiah in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men.

So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.
(Romans 14:16-20 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)

What are you bringing into your environment of work, of family, or other circles? Frequently, the contrasting options are simply either celebration or jealousy.

What dominates your thought patterns? Being annoyed that someone else is getting by with something that you aren’t, or celebrating the victories and joys that you see in the lives around you?

The more you bring joy and celebration into your atmosphere, the more you benefit from it yourself. You also encourage others to dwell in Life and the presence of the King rather than under the influence of the one who has appeared to steal and kill and damage.

Believing Jesus

It is clear from things that Jesus said that faith gives us access to benefits we cannot otherwise enjoy. Like the rest of the fruit of the Spirit, the only Source we have to the kind of faith we need if we want to change things that are not into the things that we need is the Holy Spirit.

Ask Him for faith. Be prepared to then enter the particular part of the desert where faith is needed. That is the place where you gain it. Becoming more like Jesus is not an intellectual pursuit that is achieved by study alone. You have to spend focused time in the lab also. The place where our labors begin to match our beliefs (labor-atory) is the desert. There, we learn Who Yahweh is, who He says we are, and what He declares our purposes to be.

Ask for faith. Brace up…

Then Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ Everything is possible to the one who believes.”

Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”
(Mark 9:23-24 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)

Asking

The strength of “ask, seek, knock” is relationship.

It is not argument. I will not gain more by being better skilled in rhetoric. I cannot even improve my relationship. All I can improve on in the situation is deciding to stand in the place He has opened for me:

Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.                                           (Romans 5:1-2 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)