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Week 7: Ask


The people of God are journeying from Easter to Pentecost! Along the way, Christ Church Nashville will be posting short meditations on the Holy Spirit for you to use in your personal quiet times, or to read aloud with your family and friends. Let’s consecrate Pentecost 2015 as a season of expectation—a Holy Spirit advent—as we walk the road together. 

These meditations are excerpted from a book by Pastor Dan and Pastor Hunter called The Road to Pentecost. It is available for free in our bookstore or to download here.


IF YOU HAVE MADE IT to the last week of this journey, hopefully your relationship with the Holy Spirit has deepened. But you may still be wondering, How do I receive the filling of the Holy Spirit that leads to walking in spiritual gifts? The first thing to remember is that there is no magic formula. The gospel and all of its benefits are for everyone. Often the things of God confound the wise but make sense to the simple. So you don’t have to know much to be filled to fullness with the Holy Spirit. In fact, you don’t have to know anything! The gift of the Holy Spirit is just that…a gift!

In spite of the fact that there are no magic formulas, there are some good common-sense things to keep in mind if you are seeking to be filled to fullness with the Holy Spirit.

First, ask! Remember Jesus telling his followers that the Father will always give the Holy Spirit to his children who ask. Don’t stop asking. Trust that God will be true to His word. He loves to give away the Holy Spirit!

Second, posture yourself for receiving. Years ago when I was trying to discern whether God was calling me to ministry, a wise spiritual leader counseled me to assume that He was and to get myself ready—otherwise, think what could be lost! The same advice is true when we’re praying for the Holy Spirit. Get stuff out of your life that blocks the Holy Spirit and bring in the things that are pleasing to the Holy Spirit.

Third, keep confessing sin. Unconfessed sin is a roadblock to being filled to fullness with the Holy Spirit. God cannot deny a broken and contrite spirit (Psalm 51:17).

And, finally, keep asking! God is always working, even when you cannot perceive Him. Don’t lose heart.

Father, thank you for your promise to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Reveal to me any obstacles that are in my path toward filling, forgive me of my sin, and send the Holy Spirit on down!