In our prayer time a few days ago we were praying about one of the things we always pray about; God giving us a passion for Jesus. We went from there to asking to be filled with His Spirit, which it struck me is really the same prayer. The Spirit points us to Jesus, only give us what is from Jesus and fills our hearts with love for Jesus. I have been fascinated again with the character of the Holy Spirit. What does it mean to be FILLED with the Spirit? What does it mean to be Baptized IN the Spirit? I heard a story the other day of a man who was disappointed with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the lack of change he saw in his own life stemming from it. He went to a man who had led the Pentecostal movement in England years and years ago and asked him about this issue. The elder asked him, "did you receive anything at all?" This man said, "yes". The elder said, "then be grateful for what you have been given, but NEVER STOP hungering for more, because even I am a candidate for a greater baptism."
That nailed me right there. I am filled with the Spirit of God. I love the Holy Spirit's leading, direction and correction in my life, but I am not satisfied!
In that prayer a few days ago I prayed to know the true baptism of the Spirit and God gave me a picture of a ship sinking. I was reminded of the way my Dad describes that Greek word we translate into Baptism. It is the word they used for when a ship sinks. Water inside and outside and all around the ship. Then the Lord told me what He wants MORE than tongues more than healing or any other physical manifestation when the Spirit comes, is a people that are sunk in His heart.
God desires a people baptized in HIS HEART. A people MARKED by His heart. Filled with His Desire, His LOVE, His Character, His likeness, His Glory, the very nature of God just like Jesus was. The Holy Spirit is more than goosebumps on the back of the neck. He is the one who empowers us to be just like Jesus. He is the very Nature of God's heart. That we would be sunk in, surrounded by, penetrated by, the reality of the FIERY HEART of GOD!
I began to sing
"Baptize me in your heart, in your heart"
This is what it means to be filled with the Spirit of God.
To be saturated with the heart of God. Our whole lives aligning with the nature, and the personality of Jesus.
Oh God let it come.
I ask you again Lord. Baptize me in your heart. That people won't know where my heart ends and yours begins. Holy Spirit delve deep in me, let no place in my heart be untouched by your fragrance. May your Breath Father so pervade my small heart that there is nothing left of earth or man, but only you. Jesus.
Let me love you more.