QAHow do we receive the Holy Spirit of the latter or spring rain?
- “Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth” (Hos 6:3). We should pursue and live by God’s truth,
for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. God will only live
with those who obey the truth (Acts 5:32). Seek the truth and
God will give you the Holy Spirit.
- “Ask the LORD for rain
In the time of the latter rain.
The LORD will make flashing clouds;
He will give them showers of rain,
Grass in the field for everyone” (Zech 10:1). From this verse we learn
we must ask for the Holy Spirit to be given. Elijah is a good
example of asking for rain. “He [Elijah] prayed again and the
heaven gave rain…” (Jas 5:18). Although it was in springtime,
he had to ask for rain to make it come. The Bible tells us, “You
do not have, because you do not ask” (Jas 4:2).
- “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me…
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”
(Rev 3:19–22). Sincere repentance are pre-conditions for receiving
the Holy Spirit. Without sincerity and purity of heart and honest
repentance we can’t find a way to God. The reason is simple: God
hates the proud and deceitful, known characteristics of Satan.
Insincerity and pride are the double-edged sword that will kill
your chances of getting the Holy Spirit. God said, “Turn at my rebuke;
Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you” (Prov 1:23).