WHAT MAY WE EXPECT FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT?

Let’s assume we have been living a Christian life for a period of time and we have become content with where we are spiritually. Is it possible to lose our passion to become more spiritual? Can we lose our desire to hunger and thirst to be more holy?

It is possible for Christians to let the Holy Spirit become dormant in their lives. If that is you, there are some things you may do to activate the Holy Spirit to again become active in your life.

Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Jesus is saying that if we have a hunger and a thirst for righteousness, we will be filled. Filled could mean with a righteousness that only the Holy Spirit can provide. Christ is not necessarily saying we are to begin working harder in living a more pure life. I believe He is requesting that we become more obedient to God’s Word and more submissive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

What is it that God wants from each one of us as Christians? He is looking for a body of believers that will live with Him through eternity. What is the number one requirement to enter that final destiny? The answer is love through our relationship with Christ. He wants our unconditional love toward Him and the same love to others. Can you visualize living in an eternity where everyone had that kind of love for God and for others? How do we obtain that kind of love? It will only come through the Holy Spirit’s help and a maturing spiritual life.

The Bible repeatedly says God is not interested in our works but He cares about what is in our hearts. Is His love really in our hearts? If so we have learned there can be no hate or a lack of forgiveness. What God requires can only be obtained by allowing the Holy Spirit to change who we are. This is why we cannot allow the Holy Spirit to be ignored. We must let the Holy Spirit become very active in our daily lives. If we are not seeing supernatural occurrences from time to time we probably have not made the Holy Spirit our partner. So shouldn’t we expect the Holy Spirit to be manifest in everything we do? He will if we pray and ask for His help. He will not force Himself onto us.

Start each day with prayer asking specifically for the Spirit within us to guide in everything we do throughout the day. When we are driving to and from work we can pray, without closing our eyes that he will bring the same love God has for us so we can return that love to Him and to others. The last thing each day, take a minute and thank the Holy Spirit for being active in our lives. After a time, we will begin to realize and recognize that God’s Spirit lives within us and is actively changing our behavior. We will then begin to realize that we as Christians have been given a unique advantage in living our lives. We too will learn there are many blessings that God wants to give to us through the Holy Spirit within. Are a few minutes daily, worth God’s blessings?

I have found that spending maybe 15 minutes, the first thing each morning in prayer, gives me a reassurance that the day is starting well. It is time just talking to God and asking for His guidance and protection. It is unbelievable how it has become an inspiring time.

One of my major goals in life is in preparing to live with God in eternity. The thought of having a new body, no pain, a peaceful co-existence and knowing that all our needs will be met, is worth living according to God and Christ’s ways while on earth.

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