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Early in the teaching ministry of Jesus, he said: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, asthe Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given. (John 7:37-39) NOTE the believer/followers of Jesus will become channels of streams of living water, flowing inside out. A believer/follower of Jesus is a fountain of spiritual refreshment. This brings us to SECRET #50: The follower of Jesus has the Spirit of the Master indwelling him like a refreshing fountain.
When Jesus gathered his disciples in the “upper room” before going to his death and resurrection, Jesus taught a lot about the Spirit: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will bein you.” (John 14:15-17) He continues: “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.” (John 16:8-15)
Here Jesus introduces more fully the coming of the Spirit of God. Before Jesus came, the Spirit came on believers temporarily for specific tasks and missions. Now, Jesus says the Spirit will be given to believers to be with them forever and he will live inside all those who are believer/followers of Jesus.
He is to be our constant helper and comforter as we walk this walk. The Spirit of God bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and he enables and empowers us to work out into our lifestyles the salvation that is within.
It’s also important to note that the Spirit of God is the key to Jesus’ disciples doing greater things than Jesus did. Jesus did some amazing things, much of it was not even recorded. Although it seems like so much more, there are only 35 miracles mentioned in the Gospels that Jesus performed. Now, as Jesus’ disciples are powerfully indwelt by his Spirit, they will be able to bring his miraculous touch to millions upon millions! It’s the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Jesus follower that makes the difference in how you walk the walk and who you touch in the name of Jesus.