Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 2, 2014
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17
We all need the support of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The wind of His wisdom blows across our minds to show us the best way. The Spirit’s fire enflames our faith to burn brightly in our submitted souls. He satisfies our thirsty spirit, heals our broken hearts, comforts us in our concerns, leads us through uncertainty and empowers us to engage the enemy with God’s word and prayer. The Spirit supports us when we lack the support of another. He lives within us to be with us.
The path to receiving the Spirit’s support is belief, love and obedience. We believe in the cross and resurrection of Christ. We love Christ and we obey Christ. This trilogy of attitude and action on our part sets us apart to experience the fullness of the Spirit. A life surrendered to the Lord is a life empty of self and full of the Spirit. It is in His fullness that He has full control over our character. He purifies our motives, sanitizes our speech and cleans up our thoughts. Like the dove at Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit falls on our humble and obedient life as heaven’s validation.
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Whatever you need right now, the Holy Spirit has.. If someone or something has stolen your joy, ask the Spirit to fill you with joy. If you have lost faith in God, partner with your Paraclete (advocate) to come alongside you to re-discover the faith you once enjoyed. If you need comfort, the Spirit will console you like a concerned care giver. If you need understanding on an issue He will teach you as you study holy Scripture. He helps you in your needy state.
The Lord’s support is foreign to a self supportive world. They cannot receive the Spirit because they do not know God through Christ. We know the Holy Spirit lives within us because we know God. However as followers of Jesus, by faith–we must appropriate the work of His Spirit in our lives. Like a brand new but undriven automobile in a garage, we may admire the Spirit’s potential work in our life, but fail to personally experience His power. Thus, we simply trust the Holy Spirit to support us right now. We believe, love and obey. He comforts, convicts and leads!
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I empty myself to be filled with Your Self. I receive Your support.
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