Category Archives: Holy Spirit
I am blessed to be part of this community. I need to be held accountable, and to see that being held accountable does not mean that every time I don’t quite make it to my goal for the week, I am not hit with a hammer! YAY! Instead they encourage me to continue on and try again. Can you see a picture of Christ in that? I can. And it has touched my heart and spurred me on like no other!
As I continue to look into my study on the Holy Spirit, HE has confronted me. When I first came to Christ, my world turned upside down, and nothing seemed familiar, and struggles that had not existed before were relevant in my life. Some how that has all evened out and a bit of complacency has taken root. So while reading and asking the LORD to help me know this Spirit that lives in me, I am confronted again with a world upside down, and struggles that are relevant in my life.
SInce the Spirit is here to comfort me (just one instance), and I am without comfort, than I am not allowing HIM to do HIS job. Not HIM, me! If I am confused, and do not know which end is up, then I am not allowing HIM to direct me. When I am fearful of what is going on around me, or in how someone mistreats me, I am not believing in HIS strength that lives in me.
A bit uncomfortable is truth. But so glad to be on this road, knowing HIM more and loving HIM more. I am thanking God for “Our Creative Community” as HE is using it to bring me closer to HIM, and to hear HIS voice more clearly. Amazing! Checkout Our Creative Community, and see if its a place where you can also find some encouragement to move in the direction that God is pulling you.
I am supposed to put this on my side bar, but I am seriously techy challenged! so when I post I will add it to the top of my post. K?
Being part of this group is a great encouragement and accountability. My commitment is to study the Word 1 hour a day X 5 days a week. Along with that keeping notes, and preparing to write a study on the Holy Spirit. So this is a learning time for me as well. Its not too late to become part of this group, so please go read, check out the other blogs listed, and stand in awe…God is on the move, and we are learning to use the gifts that HE has given to us.
In the study time this last three weeks, being overwhelmed is an understatement! Not only is time an issue, but the things the LORD is showing me are huge. Maybe not to everyone, but to me. And that causes me to be able to know and believe HIM so much more. That is an answer to my prayer.
Just an example of what I am looking at…
The Holy Spirit is mentioned in the Gensis 1:2, showing me that HE was there at the time of creation. As the Bible moves, the Spirit of God was always a gift to man, when God’s plan needed another step fulfilled. These people are aware that God has put HIS Spirit on them. They know that their accomplishments are not their own. Upon grieving the Spirit, HE is removed. They beg for HIM to stay. The Spirit is the presence of God(Psalm 51:11/Isaiah 63:10). But in the Old Testament, the Spirit does not live in them, and the redeemer of our sin hasn’t walked that walk to the cross, HE can not stay with man.
Definitely fits all that Jesus said HE would( John 14:26). One difference, a believer today has HIM within our self(Romans 8:9). Jesus paid the price for the sin we did and will do, in order for the Father to look at us through the blood of Jesus. HE is not leaving the believer. We are sealed with HIM.
The Spirit of GOd was a gift from the Father in the Old Testament and is still a gift. The saddest thing that I am finding is; Then they had no way of not grieving the Spirit, and today we do. Unfortunately it doesn’t mean much to most people. The Gift is not celebrated, and if we don’t sense HIM for days, we are sure HE will comeback..and yes, with repentance we will again hear HIM…but so much we are missing in this life by not knowing HIM, not knowing what an awesome Gift HE is!
(using the BLB and also the ESV study bible, and the NASB)
We have been going through massive changes in my family. Our daily schedule is gone, and eventually a new one will become the norm. I still have my work schedule, but my Hubs is only home three days and nights a week. The other four are still being worked out. My children have been great in helping and being awesome in just about everything (they are still kids).
We are no longer able to attend a church together on Sundays, and that has been a huge thing for me. So I follow the LORD believing that HE knows what HE is doing. We have been attending a different church on Saturday nights, as our church does not have a Saturday service. Its important to me that my family goes to church together.
The new church and the things I have been studying have been complimenting each other, and I wonder if that is God’s plan? I am thinking so. The topic is “Ineed2change” . Interesting, the Pastor said this weekend, there is so much emphasis on the new believer to change, that the new believer is more focused on the change than in learning to walk with the Spirit. I would have to agree, and even go as far as a lot of believers who have been doing this for many years, have shifted the focus.
In my studies, I am studying the Holy Spirit. Seems to me, we know much about Jesus, and some about God, and next to nothing about the Spirit. Holy Trinity, all one, yet all seperate, each with a job or function. We are to walk by the Spirit, be led by the Spirit, and ultimately changed by HIM. HE is closer than a brother, living with in.
I think its not only time to get to know HIM that lives with in, but to allow HIM to make some changes. Ineed2change..how about you?
(if you are interested in hearing any of these messages in this series, folow this link http://www.lcbcchurch.com/ and click on the link “series” I think you will enjoy it, apply it, and know that youneeed2change)