Holy Spirit Pour Down on Us
Some scientists believe there was a canopy of water in the atmosphere from the days of creation until the time of Noah. This layer was like the ozone layer we now have, providing protection from the sun. It allowed us to have a different atmosphere. Many believe it was also a primary reason why people lived much longer - many lived between 600 to 900 years. Some scientists believe this atmosphere allowed the dinosaurs to live and thrive.
Genesis 7:11-12 reads, “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month – on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.”
Water was raining down from above as well as springing forth from beneath the earth. What if that layer of water didn’t “sprinkle down” on the earth. What if the layer of water in the atmosphere was ripped open and millions of gallons of water descended upon the earth in a great, overwhelming thud. The water would have demolished buildings, people would have been crushed by its falling, everything would have been swept away in its movement, and it would have continued its work of reshaping the entire earth. No one could escape its powerful impact on the earth. It was all encompassing. Everything changed that day. Only those who responded to the call of the Lord with obedience survived it.
I long to see the Holy Spirit fall on us today just like that layer of water could have fallen during the times of Noah. This has been something He continues to bring me to in prayer. That the sky would be ripped open and He would fall on us with a great thud! When He comes with power and authority we are changed by His presence and swept away in its movement. We are laid bare under His conviction of our sin and we call out for His forgiveness and grace.
If we respond to Him with obedience He will change everything in our lives. His presence will take us to a new relationship with Him and we will desire to remain there. We will not want to move from that place. We will give up any attachment to this world that will take us from dwelling in His presence. We will be drawn to it like a moth is drawn to the light. When we move from it we feel its absence and immediately seek it once again.
I think of a time I was caught in the rain and was soaked! The boys and I decided to go golfing on an evening that promised a small chance of rain. We were as far from our van as we could be as the sky opened up and it really poured down on us. We ran back to the van without finding any other cover along the way. By the time we got back to the van we were completely soaked. We could not have been wetter if we jumped into a lake! Everyone who saw us that evening instantly knew that we were caught in the rain. There was no way we could hide the fact that we had been caught up in it.
Just as anyone could identify that we were caught in the rain that night, I want to be so drenched in the Holy Spirit of Christ that anyone I come into contact with knows that I have been in His presence. Christian and non-Christian alike. I want it to be unmistakable! I don't want it hide from it. I don't want to seek shelter. I want to boldly stand in His presence fully exposed to everything He has for me to experience and I want everyone to know about it. I seek to be continually drenched in His Spirit.
I will wait with anticipation. As I wait I will worship, I will pray, I will confess sin, I will dwell in His Written Word, I will fellowship with other believers, and I will wait some more. I will not move from this place until He answers and pours His Spirit down upon me, upon my family, upon our church, upon our city, upon the earth. I long for Him to reveal Himself in a way I have never experienced in my life!
I invite you to join me as I wait and say, “Come Holy Spirit, come!”
James E. Bogoniewski, Jr.