The flow of the Spirit is beyond our human minds. Entering the flow of the Spirit is like flying by the seat of our pants. That’s how the first pilots flew with no instruments. They had a feel for how they were flying. It seems risky to our natural minds but, it’s worth it. Today pilots appropriately fly by autopilot and on instruments in highly powered aircraft that travel up to the speed of sound. In this illustration, the instruments are like the natural way we think and do and they get in the way of the flow of the Spirit. The unction of the Spirit is perceived spiritually. What the Holy Spirit quickens to our spirit is intangible and easily overridden by our natural mind. That is the biggest block for believers who desire earnestly spiritual gifts. In order to flow in the Spirit, we have to let the Spirit lead to the horizons of eternity and avoid filtering what the Spirit brings through our natural mind.
The flow of speaking in tongues is a great example. Paul writes: “Wherefore let him that speaketh in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful (1 Cor 14:13-14 ASV). If you don’t have the gift of speaking in tongues for your own edification, you are probably waiting for the unknown words to come to your mind before you start using your vocal cords. If that is the case, here is a tip. Just start making a sound and trust the Holy Spirit to give you the unknown language/toungues.
The flow of interpretation of tongues differs in that the Holy Spirit gives us the gist of what is coming forth and we use our mind only to put it in our own language. Tongues with interpretation is equivalent to prophesy.
Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in a tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God; for no man understandeth; but in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and exhortation, and consolation. He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. Now I would have you all speak with tongues, but rather that ye should prophesy: and greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 1 Cor 14:1-5 ASV
What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 1 Cor 14:15 ASV
The flow of prophecy is for edification, exhortation and comfort. The word of prophesy comes to our spirit. Sometimes, we only get 1 or 2 words and simply trust the Holy Spirit to give us the rest while we speak. Sometimes we see pictures or symbols in our minds eye and trust the Holy Spirit to give us the correct interpretation. We only speak what the Spirit is prompting if goes with the overall flow of the Spirit in our gathering.
Our love for one another motivates us to flow in the Spirit.
We follow after love in our Godly behavior with one another (1 Cor 13).
We flow in the Spirit by fixing the enlightened eyes of our hearts upon our Messiah Jesus.
Therefore, if you have been raised with the Messiah, keep focusing on the things that are above, where the Messiah is seated at the right hand of God. Keep your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. For you have died, and your life has been safely guarded by the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you, too, will be revealed with him in glory. Col 3:1-2 ISV Cf: Ro 6:8; 2Co 4:11; 1Jn 1:2; 2:28
Therefore, because I have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I never stop giving thanks for you as I mention you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the most glorious Father, would give you a wise spirit, along with revelation that comes through knowing the Messiah fully. Then, with the eyes of your hearts enlightened, you will know the confidence that is produced by God having called you, the rich glory that is his inheritance among the saints, and the unlimited greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his mighty strength, which he brought about in the Messiah when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realm. He is far above every ruler, authority, power, dominion, and every name that can be named, not only in the present age, but also in the one to come. God has put everything under the Messiah’s feet and has made him the head of everything for the good of the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills everything in every way. Eph 1:15-23 ISV
When we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, we did not follow any clever myths. Rather, we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when these words from the Majestic Glory were spoken about him: “This is my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with him.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain. Therefore we regard the message of the prophets as confirmed beyond doubt, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp that is shining in a gloomy place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all, you must understand this: No prophecy in Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever originated through a human decision. Instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:16-21 ISV
Therefore, having so vast a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, and throwing off everything that hinders us and especially the sin that so easily entangles us, let us keep running with endurance the race set before us, fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, who, in view of the joy set before him, endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:1-2 ISV
Living water flowing from within us.
The Samaritan woman at the well asked Jesus for the living water.
Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will become thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never become thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become a well of water for him, springing up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 ISV
Jesus spoke of living water to come at Pentecost.
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 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, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. Acts 7:37-39 ISV
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter explained to the Crowd.
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spake forth unto them,’saying , Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and give ear unto my words. For these are not drunken, as ye suppose; seeing it is but the third hour of the day. but this is that which hath been spoken through the prophet Joel:
And it shall be in the last days, saith God, I will pour forth of my Spirit upon all flesh: And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams:
Yea and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days Will I pour forth of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. Acts 2:14-18 ASV
When we enter the flow of the living waters the gifts of the Spirit are manifested.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 1 Cor 12:7 ISV
There is but one body and but one Spirit, as also when you were called you had one and the same hope held out to you. There is but one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, who rules over all, acts through all, and dwells in all. Yet to each of us individually grace was given, measured out with the munificence of Christ. Eph 4:4-7 WNT