ocean wave with quote, "freely you have received, freely give"God is coming to the dry, the thirsty, and those who need replenishing.

  • And if you are someone who pours out to others, the Lord has a refreshing drink for you—and not only a little, but an abundant outpouring!

His promise is,
“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” (Prov 11:25 NLT) [1]

And the Lord wants you to know, that He is your continual source of life. He alone is your Fountain, the One who quenches your thirst.


A New Sound from Heaven

Recently, I had a podcast chat with Kate Smith of Catch the Fire Ministries. And as I listened back to it, one sentence struck me: [2]

  • “Learning what it means to drink of the Holy Spirit…was like coming home”

I was reminiscing about a time in 1994 when I felt God was calling me to write down a message from Him!
Little did I know that I was about to hear a new sound from Heaven—and that it would change my life.
Because leading up to that moment, I had been very low. [3]


I Kept the Appointment

The psalmist described my condition well when he said:
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…My tears have been my food day and night…” (Psalm 42:1, NKJV)

Finally, the day came when I kept that appointment with God.
I sat in the upstairs room of our temporary accommodation, with a small notebook.

And I heard Him say:
“There is more, much more than you have ever known. You have yet to drink of My presence.”


The Holy Spirit was Moving

A few days later, my husband Malcolm was chatting with a friend of ours who was a pastor.
And he shared that the Holy Spirit was moving in a new way, in his church! We heard that many people were healed, filled, and finding new joy in their relationship with Jesus.

That day, I didn’t write anything down in my notebook. I just got down on the floor and cried out, “God, I must have more of You!”

So, the following weekend, we visited our friend’s church and I went forward at the altar call, to receive prayer.
While there, I felt God’s presence in a tangible and fresh way—and I left filled with joy, “inexpressible and full of glory”! (1 Pet 1:8)


9 Reasons to Receive the Holy Spirit’s (Continual) Infilling

The Holy Spirit is symbolized by water throughout the Bible—especially outpoured water—whether in the form of a river, spring, fountain, or rain.

And the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity—God present with us, in His anointing and power!
Just as water is essential to life, the imagery of “outpoured water” speaks of God’s presence as our life source.


1. God has a Gift for You and Your Family

And “thirst” speaks of our felt need for God.
Isaiah wrote, “For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.” (Isaiah 44:3, NLT)

So, if it feels like you, or your family members, are in a “parched field” right now, reach out to God. For this is a promise of a generational outpouring.


2. You are a Partaker of Eternal Life

Jesus encountered a woman at a well, and said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:10, NKJV)

Throughout the Bible, water speaks of salvation and eternal life (see Rev 22:17)
But we do not need to wait until eternity to receive the benefits of this life-giving flow.
For it is available to us right now.


3. God will Baptize You in the Holy Spirit

Jesus declared, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink!
For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him.” (John 7:37-39a, NLT)

The outpouring He spoke of took place on the Day of Pentecost—and ever since, it is available to each of God’s children (Acts 2). Now, you are the “anyone” Jesus speaks about!


4. You Can Live out of an Overflow

Jesus described the move of the Holy Spirit through us, like a river—and the nature of a river is to flow, continuously.
He sent His disciples out saying, “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matt 10:8)

Then later, when Paul wrote, “…be filled with the Spirit”, he used the Greek verb translated “be filled” in the continuous present tense (Eph 5:18).
This gives us a glimpse of what is available to us in our own life with God.
For as we freely receive, we can give out of His overflow.


5. You will be Fruitful as You “Abide in Him”

But experiencing the Holy Spirit’s flow is not a passive posture—one that we take for granted.
For Jesus is our continual source of life.

In John 15, Jesus likened Himself to a vine and His followers to the branches.
A branch grows and bears fruit because it receives life from the vine, in the form of sap.

As Jesus emphasizes, our part, like the branches, is to “abide”—to stay. Then, we are actively engaged in our connection to Him, and bearing fruit comes naturally.


6. You will Encounter Joy in His Presence

Real joy comes from our life with God, for “in His presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).

The psalmist speaks of God’s people being:
“…abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” (Ps 36:8-9 NKJV)


7. Jesus’ Righteousness will Satisfy You

Jesus spoke of being satisfied with His righteousness.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” (Matt 5:6, NKJV)

Of course, the transaction in which we received Jesus’ righteousness is located in the past, at the cross!
But still, we can continually return to this truth, partake by faith, receive, drink, and be filled. [4]
And sin cannot intrude while we are rejoicing in a feast of righteousness!


8. God Has Appointed a Harvest for You

One promise God made to the Israelites about their future territory, was that it would be watered by rain from Heaven.
“…but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven” (Deut 11:11, NKJV)

And today, this can be your expectation—that the Holy Spirit will water any location or position you occupy.
Then, it will yield an overflowing harvest!


9. You will Work from His Strength

But what if we continue to give out for God, without ever having a posture to receive from Him?
On that day in 1994, I stood at my chair, realizing there was one thing I needed to pray—and it was, “Lord, I repent of doing Your work in my own strength.”

Right there was the source of my brokenness and disillusionment.
And the doorway to joy.

Perhaps, you can also relate to this. If so, hear the loving and joyful invitation of Jesus once more, “Come to Me and drink!”


“I Give Drink to My People”

We live in such a time right now—when the Holy Spirit is coming to the dry, the thirsty, and those who need replenishing, with a new sound from Heaven.

God declares, “I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen.” (Isa 43:20b, NKJV)

And this also is my prayer for you:
That you may discover what it means to be filled with Him—NOW—and yet live in the joyful quest for more.


Leave a comment:
Which of these insights about staying replenished with the Holy Spirit is meaningful to you at this time? They are all meaningful to me, but right now I’m especially ministered to by number 6 (in His Presence is joy). I’d love to hear from you, so scroll down and leave a comment in the box below!


Notes

[1] The Hebrew words translated refresh, mean to water, and be watered. Strong’s H7301, H3384

[2] Duncan and Kate Smith are presidents of the Catch the Fire movement. You can listen to Kate and me chatting about my story here on Simplecast — or look it up on Apple, Spotify, or Google Podcasts. The name of their podcast is, “Into the Fire”.

[3] There’s a whole backstory to this—which you can hear about on the podcast.

[4] See 2 Cor 5:21, Rom 5:17-18, 14:17 for a start!


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53 thoughts on ““Come and Drink” ~ How the Holy Spirit Can Be Your Source”

  1. Hello Helen,
    This prophetic message is a profoundly beautiful precious word of encouragement and promise. Thank you for sowing this word into the lives and hearts of your readers. This powerful message of hope and restoration, is very moving and timely indeed. Thank you. It was a blessing to receive this word from the Lord, while I am recovering. God bless you and keep you and your family, and your ministries.
    Marijke

    1. Hi Marijke, thank you for your encouraging comment, I’m very grateful to hear that! I pray that you continue to move from strength to strength in your recovery
      Psalm 84

      1. I am so discouraged. I am a single parent who loves the Lord. I was called in an interview for a matron’s post and I didn’t get it. I am financially unstable. My son is in the university with no bursary my daughter is in matric with a heart condition. I need financial breakthrough to support all my household activities. I am very discouraged and I need help.

        1. I’m sorry to hear of this, Tiny, I’m praying for you now.
          Father we ask for a breakthrough in this family’s situation, release promotion, provision and health! Thank You that You are moving and working on their behalf and for all of Your goodness always, in Jesus’ Name

      2. Wanda Kirkland

        Tha I you for this word. It confirms the dream I had last week. Your words resonate with my Spirit, everyone you post and I look forward to seeing them in my inbox
        Blessings,
        Wanda

  2. Great morning Prophetess, yes I can relate to it all. But especially 6 Because it has always been a prayer
    Of mine. As you say we give always and fail to come to him for replenishing. I too have tried to do it
    In my strength. I’m so thankful for your insight. God bless you richly.
    Thank you, Blessing’s

    1. Hi Betty, yes, I pray for a fresh sense of awakening faith for you in this area. We say, “spring up oh well!” (Num 21:17)

  3. Michael Kariuki

    Hello Hellen, I am blessed by the word of encouragement. In deed my desire has been to be refreshed in the power of the Holy spirit. I need to drink from Jesus well continually. No 6 should is my most desire. Stay blessed

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