Sunday, September 21, 2014

Know the power of the Holy Spirit 3

Good morning all-

Well this morning hasn't been my best.  I hit my son's car this morning trying to avoid a truck that was illegally parked behind our driveway.  What a day?  I actually was trying to serve my husband by going to get milk at 6:30 am and instead hit my son's car.  Those two gallons will now cost over five hundred dollars.  Needless to say, it's taken a couple hours for me to settle down and write this blog.  I can't believe how stupid I am but then it happened and I can't go backwards; I can only look ahead.

What did I do in the last two hours?  I tried to calm down by reading the news around the world.  And what faced me was Scottish freedom, Egyptian arraignment of Islamic extremists, Ebola home isolation and the story behind the BTK serial killer.  Nice right?  Well at least I'm starting to feel better about crushing the door of my son's car, which leads me to the point of today's message.  Life happens whether we want it to or not.  People all over the globe are dealing with all kinds of obstacles and in the scheme of things mine is quite small.  It will cost me money but it didn't cost a life, so I feel blessed about that.  I also realized that my behavior after I hit the car was wrong and have spent some time asking God to forgive me for my really bad language.  Again, life happens and I'm still human.  With all this going on in the world and my life, where am I to go?  I must go back to the One who knows me, who understands the obstacles of this life and who loves us. Once again, I am in the center of the God who sent His Son and through His sacrifice I now have the Holy Spirit.  I can't say that the spirit was guiding me during my bought of bad language but as I came down from the emotion; I found him.  Thank goodness I have a guide in this crazy, chaotic world.

The Holy Spirit is our guide, our power and our trigger that helps us know right from wrong.  It guides us to know when we need to move, repent or just stand still.  Through our Lord's sacrifice we have a wonderful counselor.  The Spirit gives us wisdom when we don't have any.  I felt that as I was killing myself with words that no lady should think.  It is hard sometimes to see why bad happens to good people.  We often don't understand why a car gets wrecked, why a girl goes missing, why we lose our jobs or why people die of diseases.  These are daily events and often, we question God on why they happen.  But through experience I know there is no reason to ask God why? We need to pray and ask God to give us direction, to guide us and to help us spread His Holy name.

So as I end this blog today remember to be quiet and still and ask the spirit to guide you.  We will always face difficult times but it's contemplating Christ and all that He sacrificed that will help us get through it.  Remember He lives in us.  He is not an idol;  He is real, living and loving.  He lives in us so that we will have victory.  Be well and look up!

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭29-32‬ NIV)

“If you love me, keep my commands. 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. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭15-20‬ NIV)

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