The Holy Spirit . . . God's Gift to Us
We were made to lift our faces to God! God has put eternity into our hearts, and time can never satisfy the call of eternity. The life of our souls and of our spirits can never be satisfied with the things of this world. Nothing but unbroken fellowship can satisfy the heart of either man or God. Communion with Him is the highest blessing on earth as well as in heaven.
The Spirit of God waits to enter into a personal relationship with the spirit of every person. God brings His own Life and Strength into my spirit, making my SPIRIT dominant in my life just as He intended it should be from the beginning. From that moment on, my flesh can serve my spirit. My flesh is no longer is my master.
This is the way of full life. My spirit exists in fellowship with the Spirit of God. Then what? What does that look like? What does that feel like? From that time on, it is possible for my flesh to be directed and inspired by the Spirit of God as I surrender to Him. Through my flesh, my spirit will communicate with God, with His world, with His children, with time, and with eternity. His spirit is reflected in mine.
Is it possible to live such a life? Is it really possible? Do we all have the ability and the opportunity to leave behind us forever the life we lived in the flesh and enter fully into the life of our spirit? It is absolutely possible, and it is accomplished by receiving the Holy Spirit. He comes to live in us when our dead spirits are born again.
There is a wonderful story in the Gospel of John. In John 7:37-38, Jesus stood in the midst of the crowds at the Feast of Tabernacles, and He said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He that believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his inner life shall flow rivers of living water.”
What did Jesus mean by that? What was He talking about? The next verse tells us. “This spake He of the Spirit, which they that had believed on Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
That declaration had a historic application and a personal application. Historically, it meant that until Jesus was glorified by way of His death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit could not come. The personal application is that Jesus must be glorified in our own lives. We must receive Him as our Lord and Savior, and then we must glorify Him with our love. We must glorify Him with our trust. We must glorify Him with our obedience. We must glorify Him by surrendering our life to Him. Then what? The answer to our faith in Christ is God’s gift to us of the Holy Spirit.
How much do we trust Him? How truly do we believe in Him? How much do we yield to Him? Yielding to His spirit is a day-by-day proposition. His mercies are new every morning. Our surrender must be fresh and new every day.
Then what? Day by day we discover that life is new and different and dynamic. We find ourselves living “as seeing Him who is invisible.” My mother wrote down in her Bible what that felt like to her. She wrote, “The happiest, healthiest, most exciting, most rewarding life possible!”
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