“. . . they received the word with great eagerness, . . .” Acts 17:11
“That spoke right to me,” is a common response to a sermon. Something happens in the communication of the word of God. The written word becomes personalized, the listener feels as though the ancient, sacred word is penetrating their heart. In reality, it’s the Holy Spirit who's applying the word and work of Jesus. This experience happens a lot for one simple reason – someone heard and received the word with great eagerness. Our soul must be receptive to the Spirit’s work.
As a result, we became passionate in our conviction. There's a fire in our message, through the working of His word in us, we become unusually fearless. Like the disciples we boldly say what needs to be said. And above all, we become amazingly effective in our witness. People listen and are moved.
Sometimes during an airplane flight, the flight is unable to land because of ground fog, there’s an inability to see the runway. Many believers live in a ground fog so dense that the Spirit can never land in their life. The Spirit works in those who have cleared a path of receptivity. We have to be willing and inclined to accept the Spirit’s work to breakthrough our fog.
Whenever our flesh is excessively indulged and gratified, we have placed a “do not disturb” sign over our heart, where we become comfortably entrenched in tradition, where we've become well-fed and unconcerned with the needs of others. We've locked out the presence of the Spirit. Without the heat of the Spirit, faith grows cold. The Spirit won't work where He's not welcomed.
Yet, we know deep down inside we need something greater than our own strength, something more than what we can produce. We know nothing can breakthrough the hazy ground clouds until we surrender to the coming of the Spirit.
Write out one verse which has influenced your behavior.