Is the Holy Spirit :
* A figment of our imagination?
* A fairytale?
* A promise not yet received?
A vibrant, living center of you? The Holy Spirit is here, available now, He is at hand, to comfort, lead, guide, direct, teach, empower, heal, raise the dead, give sight to the blind, make the lame walk, the deaf hear, proclaim the year of the Lord.
Do you see His hand in your life? Church? Fellowship?
(Sand Sculpture at Atlantic Beach, NC this year, do not know artist. Facial expression, priceless ).
The Apostles did. Why? They knew the Old Testament and realized exactly what the Lord had delivered them from. Sin and Death, Sacrifice and Mourning, Rituals and False Religion.
Today some of us feel if we are saved we can’t sin. Wrong
Some of us feel we aren’t worthy to do his work. Wrong
We don’t need His Baptism of the Holy Spirit, because we have His Spirit because we’re Saved. Wrongheaded.
We shouldn’t desire Spiritual Gifts. Wrong….”Desire Spiritual Gifts, Desire the best Spiritual Gifts.”
We aren’t worthy, trustworthy, faithful, prayerful, humble, teachable, moldable, flexible, holy……
Herein lies the problem.
We really have not learned to walk in the Spirit. At least I have not learned to be immediately available and obedient. When my sister-in-law was in the hospital in pain, the nurses asked us to leave the room, so they could do their thing. I believe the Lord wanted me to annoint her with oil and pray right then.
I prayed outside her room for a half-hour before I had a piece. Another half hour went by before we could go back in the room….she was still in pain, I finally annointed her with oil and prayed some more.
A half hour later the nurses finally did what was needed to relieve her. If I had been immediately obedient instead of holding back (fear of ?). I believe she would’ve suffered for a much shorter time.
(Picture of a quilt square at The Waterfowl Museum on Harkers Island, NC).
I don’t believe the Lord is upset because of my hesitation, maybe disappointed. He understands the learning curve we must complete. He wasn’t mad at Gideon, He just walked him through.
I get a kick out of the story of Abram, in Genesis 12 it says: ” Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, ”
To me this means. It was said more than once. If our hearts are turned toward the Lord, He will walk us through the learning curve, as He did for Abram, Abram walked before the Lord for 24 years, he believed Gods promise and was counted as Righteous.
We must walk with the Spirit all the way along the learning curve, untill we understand His guidince, obey His directions, see His Power and Love in action.
Do you believe? Will you step out in Faith? Pray for the sick? Believe the Word?
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