To those of us who believe, Holy Spirit will make himself known to us at certain times in our lives. How blessed we are to recognize and accept this phenomenon. Happy Sunday.
Help us to overcome the obstacles that prevent us from enjoying a closer relationship with you.
Grant us the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon and the faith of Mary.
Help us to remember that the cross is the crux of our Christianity.
When we are unsure, help us to take the action we feel is right for the good of all and rely on Spirit to make any necessary adjustments along the way.
Grant us the courage and boldness to speak the truth of your word to our families and friends and may your Holy Spirit open their hearts and draw them to you. Thank You, Lord.
There were times in my life when I desperately called upon the Holy Spirit to be my comfort and strength. He never failed me and He will never fail you. All it takes is to ask. Happy Sunday.
The following is taken from Charles Stanley’s book, Relying on the Holy Spirit:
God knows who you are. He knows who He created you to be and which natural gifts, talents, abilities, and personality traits He put into your life. He knows which motivational gift is best suited to you.
God knows how to place us within a body of people to accomplish His ministry. He will open doors of opportunity for you to minister in a way that is suited to your natural gifts. Be open to how and when the Holy Spirit chooses to use you.
This is sound advice for those asking the question, “Who am I and why am I here?” Happy Sunday.
After taking some time off from writing, I’m back on the page with something I did a few years ago under the above title.
What is it like to be a spiritual being having a human experience? From my point of view it couldn’t be better. When Spirit takes over, changes are made to our humanness. As St. Paul says in Romans 12:2 “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This can mean many things to many people. For me it meant a complete mental housecleaning.
The ego is the first to go. It clutters up the thinking process, always trying to be number one. Does being number one really matter? If so, to whom does it matter? The ego of course. Ego being what it is would not understand taking a back seat to an insult. Was the insult really meant to hurt us or was it intended to rid that person of his/her own hurt? A spiritual being would see beyond the actual act and not react in a way that would be harmful to the antagonizer. The spiritual being sees with the heart, feels with the heart, and tries to get to the true heart of matters.
Super sensitivity must be eliminated. It is good to be sensitive when it keeps us aware of our surroundings, the needs of others, and our own fragility when dealing with extraneous forces. However, to be super sensitive can be debilitating, causing us needless hurt when we take uncalled-for remarks too personally and dwell on them until our senses no longer have room for sensibility. The spiritual being allows for hurts and loves anyway.
Judgement is the next to go. This means allowing others to have and speak their own beliefs without jumping in and telling them where they are wrong (in our opinion of course). It means accepting the person not the deed when an unkind act has been committed. The spiritual being recalls the admonition in scripture, “do not judge or you too will be judged”. (Matthew 7:1 NIV)
Next on the list is eliminating bad habits. For me it was giving up swearing, smoking, and among others, procrastination. (I made a New Year resolution on this one but put it off until the next year.) All this is a cleansing procedure which helps to open us to our higher good.
All in all, spiritual beings recognize human weakness and prompt each other to become the best we can be by overcoming.
That’s my take on this spiritual thing. What’s yours?
I pray that today you will experience the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, the faith of Mary, the love of God, and the filling of the Holy Spirit. Happy Sunday.
In this Season of Lent, it is comforting to realize that the Cross was not for nothing…true to His word, Jesus, after his death, sent the Holy Spirit.
John 14:16 New International Version (NIV). And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever…
I’ve always believed it to be the Holy Spirit who is the wind beneath my wings. I still do. Happy Sunday.
Here is a something I noted in 2009 written by Constance Kellough, author, and president of Namaste Publishing.
“A felt perception enables us to just know the truth of something as well as to know what we need to do. As such, this faculty of inner knowing is our life’s guide, the source of our wisdom, if we choose to use it. It’s where we are connected to the infinite divine consciousness that originated and sustains the universe.”
I like to think of the infinite divine consciousness as the Holy Spirit, who as part of God who lives in us, also lives in us.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.”
The reason for this post is that I myself have experienced this inner knowing on occasion and believe we all do at some point in our lives. It’s like everything else in life, awareness is key.
Do Not Worry – Matthew 6:25-27 NIV
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Reading the above scripture led me to repost the following formula for easy living. Happy Sunday.
Drink the living water – (John 4:10)
Eat the bread of life – (John 6:35)
Wear the full armor of God – (Ephesians 6:11)
Rest in Jesus – (Matthew 11:28)
Breathe in the Holy Spirit – (John 20:22)
Give up the worry habit – (Matthew 6:25) (This one really taught me a lot!)
Laugh often – (Proverbs 17:22)
Every once in awhile I come across blogs or articles that touch me so much that I like to share them. While clearing out my “in-box”, I came across this one from UP! A Daily Devotional by Matthew Ruttan (MatthewRuttan.com/Up). It’s about Holy Spirit. Matthew talks about how Holy Spirit can be vague or confusing to some people, or indeed, many people, and then goes on to write an analogy to encourage better understanding of this spiritual being. And so I give you “Come, Holy Spirit”.
August 26, 2015
Come, Holy Spirit
“Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me” (NIV)
The Holy Spirit doesn’t get talked about very much.
The Holy Spirit is God, a part of the Trinity, the Lord’s renovating personality and power… but we shy away from talking about him.
To some people the Holy Spirit seems vague or confusing—and so, not knowing much about him, they stop inquiring.
So today I want to encourage you like this:
Imagine I’m walking down the street with my son, Benjamin. Then I pick him up in my arms, tell him I love him, and hug him. We just enjoy each other’s company for a few minutes. Then I put him down and we keep walking.
Was Benjamin more my son when I held him in my arms than he was when he was just walking along? Of course not. But in terms of his awareness, there definitely was a difference. No question.
Because in my arms, he was directly aware of and experiencing his relationship with me.
This analogy comes from a 17th century pastor named Thomas Goodwin. And I love it. Here’s how it applies to you.
When the Holy Spirit becomes a part of your life, you can sense the embrace and love of your true Father. You are aware that you are his child. Therefore, you develop intimacy with him.
Today, why not invite the Holy Spirit inside of you, and ask him to make you aware of the embrace, love and steady guidance of your strong Father in every step.
It’s not necessarily a feeling—but it is a personal awareness.
Is that missing in your life right now?
If you’re standing in a room in the dark, the dimensions and furniture remain the same. But everything changes when you turn on the light.
Come, Holy Spirit…
by Matthew Ruttan
I invite you to extend the invitation…you won’t be disappointed.