UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Rev.1:10 – I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet,

Have you ever been under the influence? I’m not talking about alcoholic beverages or other intoxicating substances, I am talking about the influence of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. John was obviously under the influence, of in the Spirit. Why does the Lord do these types of things by the Spirit? First, the Lord uses these manifestations in preparation for spiritual revelation or understanding Matthew Henry describes it like this.

“He was not only in a rapture when he received the vision, but before he received it; he was in a serious, heavenly, spiritual frame, under the blessed gracious influences of the Spirit of God. God usually prepares the souls of his people for uncommon manifestations of himself, by the quickening sanctifying influences of his good Spirit. Those who would enjoy communion with God on the Lord’s day must endeavor to abstract their thoughts and affections from flesh and fleshly things, and be wholly taken up with things of a spiritual nature.”

We obviously aren’t going to write new books of the Bible but the Lord does use the influence of the Spirit when He wants to speak to us. Maybe you should stir yourself this Lord’s day, maybe the Lord is about to speak into your life.

The influence of the Spirit also is used by the Lord when we are under attack or are going through unusually difficult times. Here is how Albert Barnes describes this.

“He was not yet under the prophetic ecstasy, but was, though in a lonely and barren island, and far away from the privileges of the sanctuary, permitted to enjoy in a high degree the consolations of religion: an illustration of the great truth that God can meet his people anywhere; that, when in solitude and in circumstances of outward affliction, when persecuted and cast out, when deprived of the public means of grace and the society of religious friends, he can meet them with the abundant consolations of his grace, and pour joy and peace into their souls.”

So whatever circumstance you may find yourself in this Lord’s Day, get yourself under the influence. Drink in His presence as you read the scriptures, pray in the Spirit, soak in worship as you prepare to attend corporate worship. You too may find yourself in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, whatever happens from there will be above and beyond what anyone can ask or think.

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