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The Spirit and preparation

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“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
- from Acts 1:4-5

Jesus knew that his followers needed a big gift if they were going to tackle an impossible mission.

They would be pressed to the edges of their capability. They would be pressed but not crushed, persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed. They needed something more than their good intentions and hard work. They needed God’s Holy Spirit.

God’s Spirit hovered over the face of the deep at the moment of creation. The Spirit involved himself intimately with the giving and sustaining of life on earth. The Holy Spirit stirs us to turn toward holiness when we wander from God’s good path. The Spirit of God empowered artists, guided kings, and inspired prophets. This is the Spirit that God gives his people as a gift.

As you prepare for New Year’s Eve, you know what you need to make tonight a good night. Maybe you need to stock up on champagne (or sparkling grape juice!). Maybe you need sparklers. Maybe you need ear plugs and an eye mask (the new year is coming whether you’re awake or not).

As we prepare to join God’s great mission, we need the Holy Spirit.

How have you experienced the Holy Spirit throughout your life? What experiences have you had that make you hesitant to engage with the Holy Spirit?

1 Comment

On 12/29: "We struggle to understand him at times. We have analogies that help us understand a father and a son. A spirit is more elusive."

Yes, which is probably why He doesn't get much press in a religiosity Christianity where having all the right answers is prioritized over experience. (This was my background.)

He is someone who is known experientially, it seems. Not that the Father and the Son aren't known experientially, but the Spirit is the One who enables that knowing. (Rom.8:15-16, e.g.)

That's been my experience anyway. Holy Spirit came and put within me what I wasn't even aware I was lacking--love. Love for the Son and love for my husband. With a huge dose of joy thrown in, too. And a changed perspective ever since. (Which has absolutely not led to an easier life, but definitely to a fuller one.)

It seems to me Holy Spirit is scary in only one way, we have to throw something to the wind--caution, self-reliance, pride, self-protection, (all of those for me). He's the Wind. He'll even carry away hesitance and replace it with freedom.

That's certainly what He did in Acts 2. I certainly need more of that...more of Him.

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