Luke 11: 13 – If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
I think many of us sell ourselves short when it comes to spiritual things. We try to get by on our past experiences when continual fellowship with the Lord and outpourings of the Spirit are part of our inheritance. In today’s verse the Lord reminded us how much a Father wants to give good things to his children. He goes on to say how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. The good news is this, God’s giving is part of His eternal nature. In other words He never stops! His giving of Himself through the Holy Spirit is constant and abundant. There is always more available. Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Edwards on continuing in His presence.
“This is not too great a blessing to be sought. Though it be a blessing that would render a people exceeding happy, yet this is not a happiness too great for a people to desire and seek. So merciful is God that those blessings that are the greatest blessings, and tend most to our happiness, are those that we have the greatest encouragement to seek of any. We may, therefore, doubtless seek not only the bestowment of it, but the continuance of it We are allowed to seek the continuance of outward mercies. Thus we are directed to seek the continuance of our outward food, and to pray that God would give us day by day our daily bread. But we stand in more need of the continuance of our spiritual food, of having that bestowed from day to day, and much more than our outward food. ‘Tis true that when such a blessing is bestowed remarkably on a people, ’tis ordinarily but of short continuance. But yet that is no argument that we ought not to seek, or that it is too great a happiness for a people to desire, or ask of God.”
If you think about it, it is impossible for the Lord to stop giving and flowing. His very nature is like a fountain. It is inevitable that the fountain overflows. So don’t settle for reflecting on the good old days, He is here now and is pouring out His Spirit.