While this might be simple, it helps me to connect with the Holy Spirit by what He does – He relates, communicates (see the preceding 2 posts) & He demonstrates. The Holy Spirit demonstrates in many different ways – in 1 Cor 12 you can read about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (word of wisdom, word of knowledge, prophecy, speaking in tongues & interpretation of tongues – communication gifts; discerning of spirits, faith, miracles & healing – power gifts).
It is my sincere belief that the Holy Spirit wants to demonstrate Himself through us as believers in Jesus. Not only do i believe that He wants to demonstrate His Gifts through us, but i also believe that He wants to demonstrate His character through us – as listed in the Fruits of the Spirit in Gal 5:22-23 (love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness).
I think, however, that the key to His demonstration comes full circle back to our relationship with Him. Perhaps the demonstration of the presence of the Holy Spirit is lacking in our lives, or maybe minimized, because we lack a vibrant relationship with Him. Just something to consider 🙂
The Holy Spirit is the master communicator – massively huge communicator. When i started to think about this, it just totally amazed me. When Jesus was introducing the Holy Spirit to His disciples, He talks about how the Holy Spirit will
- convict &
- guide us, among other things.
Jesus also tells us that the Holy Spirit will speak to us what He hears from our heavenly Father & that the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus.
It seems to me that the Holy Spirit is communicating with us perhaps more often than we realize. I pray that today, you & i would be sensitive & receptive to the Holy Spirit speaking to & communicating with us – beyond our biases & limited understanding. 🙂
Can you think of some times when the Holy Spirit has communicated w you? What was the outcome (s)?
Yesterday in church, i got to share about who the Holy Spirit is & what He does. I was really excited about getting to share this because it seems like the Holy Spirit has been dealing w me for almost 6 months about who He is & what He does, so yesterday was just flat out exciting for me. Here’s a brief summation to whet your appetite about the Holy Spirit, by some things that He does:
He relates: when Jesus was teaching His disciples about the Holy Spirit in John14-16, He said that its better for them for Jesus to go away so that the HS will come. This idea has always been a challenge to me bc its been a struggle to see how the HS would be an upgrade over the physical presence of Jesus on earth (like when He was chatting w His disciples). But the HS is an upgrade for several reasons:
- He’s pervasive – not limited to physical boundaries. When Jesus was on the earth, He could only be one place at a time. With the HS, He is all places at all times
- the HS isn’t limited to natural laws – consider the Gifts of the HS in 1 Cor 12 to explore His power, abilities & magnificence.
There’s LOADS more about the HS & i plan to blog some more this week about who He is & what He does. So keep your eyes peeled 😉
I’ve been thinking about the Holy Spirit alot lately & would be interested in your feedback:
Any input would be greately appreciated!! Feel free to answer 1, 2 or all of the questions above. Thanks LOADS for your help!!
If you’re like me, i use the word, “should” alot:
- with my kids – you should’ve cleaned your room, like i told you
- with myself – you should keep you mouth shut more
- with friends – you should exercise more ;0
- with politicians – they should know better
- with fellow Christians – we should be nicer
There are lots of “should”s in our lives. The difference between “should” and “is” often seems like the opposite sides of an abyss. Reality versus what should be often seem to be light years apart in distance. I know that there are lots of “should”s in my life (should keep the kitchen less messy, should work out more, should drive slower, should be able to manage some weak spots in my life better than how i do now, . . . . .). Thankfully, i received alot of grace to bridge the gap between “should” & “is”.
So here’s my challenge to you: be as quick to give the grace that bridges “should” & “is”, as you are to receive such grace. 🙂
Routines can be boring. They’re by nature repetitive & can get VERY dull. When i was growing up, we used to have a trampoline & i would practice my trampoline routines (like a gymnastics routine) to where i had like 3-4 routines i could do whenever we had guests. I was kind of proud of these routines bc some of them were kind of tough. What i discovered was that when i would practice the routines, i stayed sharp & wouldn’t make mistakes. When i wouldn’t do them for a day or two, or even a week, my routines would get sloppy & sometimes i even hurt myself.
I find that the lessons i learned from practicing trampoline routines stay w me even now when i’m an adult. My daily performance is intricately connected to my daily routines. Furthermore, my daily routines are an integral part of the success or failure of my future. What i practice today, is what i’ll be ready for tomorrow.
i’m trying to get better w my routines – especially w my kids. My personal routines include going to bed at a reasonable hour so i can get up early, have some solitude & God time so that i can go into each day w some Divine. Utlimately, i find that every day needs the Divine & routine can help increase my awareness of God’s involvement in my daily living. How are your routines?
Over the summer, i’ve instituted “grow charts” for my kids. Here’s the general vibe: each child has their own weekly to-do list they’re supposed to work on everyday. The plan has been for every box they check, they get 10cents. At the end of the week, we count up the boxes & they get somewhere between $1-$3 / week for their grow charts. They’re supposed to save their money every week, after tithing & at the end of each month, we deposit their money in their kids bank by my hair salon. So far, this has worked pretty well over the summer. The key to the success of this is consistency on my part.
Today, i ramped it up a notch. I circled about 3-5 “tasks” that are required everyday (brush teeth, clean room, etc). For every circled task that is not completed for each week, i take away 10cents. So far, i think this is working pretty well. Its teaching my kids to importance of daily work & discipline, its giving them a constructive incentive to earn money, teaching them the importance of saving money (they compete w each other to see who has the most in the bank) & its teaching them the value of everyone pitching in to help & contribute to our family. Personally, its helping me to work on being consistent w my kids. With all of this planning & structure, i don’t really see a downside, especially if i stay consistent.
Key word: consistent
I’m a bit frustrated w this eye sty thing. My facebook friends have given me lots of prayer & ideas to get rid of the silly thing & i’m really grateful. i also think its kind of humorous when i consider that last week, i did a message on taking the speck out of someone else’s eye, based on what Jesus said in Matt 7:1-5 relating to having a beam in our own eye.
So here’s the relevance: we all see problems in other people’s lives – hypocrisy, insecurity, obsessive behaviors, addictions, insincerity, . . . . its very easy to “see” the faults of others & we can be really quick to try & point out the problems of others. But before we begin taking out the speck out of someone else’s eye, let’s ask ourselves 3 questions:
- Is the speck in the person’s eye more accurately a reflection of the beam in your own eye?
- Is the speck in the person’s eye a “deflection” (distraction) from the beam in your eye?
- What is your motive in trying to get the speck out of the other person’s eye?
Having a sty in my eye has made me very sensitive & aware of my eye & i think perhaps God is working w me to clear up some personal issues & to clean up some motives in my attempts to help others. See any areas where God wants to grow you??
I really like languages – they fascinate me in their ability to not merely communicate words but so much more than that. But i find it interesting that even when we communicate w someone who has our common mother language, there’s PLENTY of room for mis-communication. Here’s an interesting example: several years ago, i was talking w a young man in our church who was EXTREMELY upset. We were talking through a conflict that he was in & he made a statement that still haunts me today. He said something to the affect that it was the hearers 100% responsibility to understand him, regardless of his poor communication skill. This floored me & still makes me spin.
Communication is a 2 way street – the hearer & the speaker should work together to be on the same page. This is also true w God. I think there are alot of times that God speaks w us, but we mistranslate what He’s saying. This often happens because we don’t like what He’s saying or we didn’t listen for the whole message or we didn’t wait for Him to give us the context for application, or . . . . Personally, i think God speaks w us, ALOT. But let’s continually pray that He increases our abilities to understand Him & that He decreases our mistranslations 😉
If you haven’t read the post below this one, i’d encourage you to read that one 1st – its short & sweet & will help you understand this post. Here’s my counter-point from what i said below – Jesus gives us what we need, when we need it; nothing less or late. There was a season in my life when i would’ve argued this point & there are times when i still find myself not so happy w His choices for me. Nevertheless, i still believe this is true: Jesus gives us what we need, when we need it.
Now here’s some of my thinking: there are times when we’ve asked Jesus to do something & He hasn’t done what we asked. In some ways, this relieves me because it gives me confidence in Him that He’s going to make decisions for me outside of my preferences. This is comforting to me because i think this is what all good parents do. If i gave my kids everything they wanted, they would have some serious struggles. Furthermore, i have confidence in God that He makes better decisions for my life, than i do (He’s got more wisdom, insight, understanding, etc). Now i’m not advocating that we dismiss prayer as futile. But i’d encourage you to view prayer from a conversation perspective moreso than a request perspective. While i think that the Bible encourages us to make our requests to be made known to God (Philip 4), be careful not to get pouty if you don’t get your way – i’m speaking mostly to myself here. 😉