But as for me, I am filled with power - with the Spirit of the Lord.
- Micah 3:8
O, to feel the Spirit of the Lord and His presence. I just did a 6-week course on the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. I started out thinking that this course is going to bring me so much closer to God. But you know what; it didn’t.
I was side-tracked, constantly worrying about other things and even though the course content was good, I just didn’t relate to anything or anyone. By the end of that period, I was just more despondent.
We go about seeking the Holy Spirit in all places. But as I sit here, behind my desk trying to type a devotion about a Holy Spirit from whom I feel so far removed sometimes, I can feel His presence so much more as I allow Him to just take over my hands and the keyboard and let the words flow.
Have you ever observed the pigeons in the cities? They appear to be calm and not really bothered by what’s happening around them until there’s a sudden loud noise or an unexpected movement. The Holy Spirit works the same way. He is always there, but if we’re trying to function in chaos, we won’t be able to hear Him. You can’t hear His whisper if everything around you is shouting.
We can find the Holy Spirit in our quiet time, and the more time you spend with Him the better you get to know Him.
Jesus is eager for us to be filled and have a relationship with the Holy Spirit. In John 16 Jesus says that it’s even more beneficial for us to have the Holy Spirit than it is to have Jesus with us in body.
“But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you” John 16:7
The sad thing is that so many Christians have not yet accepted the full gift of Jesus.
Paul addresses a group of believers in Acts 19:
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them.
“No,” they replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Acts 19:2
Today I want to ask you: ”Have you accepted this gift and are you making the Holy Spirit part of your daily life?”
In these two Scriptures below we can see that the Holy Spirit is instrumental in God’s work. How can we even imagine a life without the Holy Spirit?
The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Gen 1:2-3
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Luke 1:34-35
The same Holy Spirit that filled Micah and Paul, the same Holy Spirit that played such a vital role in Mary's life, wants to fill you as well. There is no junior-version Spirit for new “junior” believers. He wants to change you and wants to work miracles in you and through you.
Are you ready to receive Him?
1. Are you unsure about the Holy Spirit and the part that He plays in your life? Please reach out to a mentor in your church that you can talk to and pray with you.
2. Building a relationship with the Holy Spirit is like forming a new friendship. You have to maintain contact. Busyness is the devil’s way to keep us away from the power and freedom that is available to us!
3. What can you do to allow you to spend time in scripture daily and reconnect with the Holy Spirit?
Holy Spirit, we welcome You into our lives. Please fill us, let us feel Your presence, and open our hearts and our ears. Work in us and change us so that we can be the messengers and light bearers that we were intended to be.