Sunday, May 17

Holy Spirit

From May 15-18 these daily prayers are looking at the Trinity and each “person” of the Trinity. Today, the natural progression would be to look at the 2 nd person of the Trinity, God, the Son. But, because our online worship today focuses on the promise of the Holy Spirit, we have reversed the order. Today: The third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Tomorrow: Jesus Christ. 

The Holy Spirit is like the director of a play. When you watch a play, your attention is drawn to the characters on stage. You rarely consider the director. In fact, if the director is doing a good job, your attention will always be on the characters. The Holy Spirit, like the director of a play wants your attention to be on Jesus Christ. When you are thinking about Jesus, that is evidence that the Holy Spirit is at work. A key element of Christian doctrine is that you cannot believe in Jesus Christ, unless the Holy Spirit is working in your heart (“no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit,” 1 Corinthians 12:3).

Your faith in Jesus Christ is evidence that the Holy Spirit lives in you. By the power of the Holy Spirit you are a child of God! Yet, the ongoing struggle is to let the Holy Spirit guide, lead, or help you All THE TIME. Your tendency is to attempt to handle things on your own. Your human default is to forget the resource that you have through the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit helps you stay connected to the spiritual power that God has for you.    But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26

Where or how have you felt spiritually powerless? Is there some current situation where you are frustrated or defeated? Have you found yourself “settling” for less than what God wants for you? Remember the Holy Spirit is your helper. Through the word of God, the Holy Spirit directs you to Jesus Christ. The Spirit wants you to learn about what Jesus taught. The Spirit wants you to remember what Jesus did for you. By the power of God’s Spirit, the same power which raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. 

Prayer: I confess that too often I try to take care of things with my limited strength. Holy Spirit of God, remind me that if I am connected to Christ, I am not powerless. Thank you, Holy Spirit, that you bring supernatural power so that I can experience the presence and peace of Christ in my life. Amen.