As we continue our series, 7 Days of Thanks and “Thanksliving”, I pray that we are encouraged to see all the blessings we have in our life, outside of material possessions. I pray we are challenged to dig deeper into the character of God and see how we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in our lives with some simple actions.
7 Days of Thanks:
Day 3: The Holy Spirit
I am thankful for the silent whispers of the Holy Spirit that guide and prompt us to obedience in Christ. Is the Holy Spirit a foreign concept to you? Maybe you’ve heard the term but don’t quite understand what it is and why someone would be thankful for it.
Let me to try to explain in the best way that I can.
The Holy Spirit is like the wind. It cannot be seen as it does not have a shape or form or color. You can only feel the wind and you can see the effects of the wind’s power by the impact it leaves behind. This is like the Holy Spirit.
Jesus promised, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said,“Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of His name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things. “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
The Holy Spirit is a promise and can be so much more in our lives when we become sensitive to His encouragements. I love the story of the Prophet Elijah as he waits to hear from God. Like many of us, it seems that he expected some grand gesture to know that it was a message from God to him. Have you been in a place in your life where you were praying to God to give you a sign? What do you anticipate that your sign will look like? Could it be that the sign you are looking for is quietly right in front of your eyes now?
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1 Kings 19:11-13 NLT
I pray that you will draw near to the Holy Spirit and hear a gentle whisper that cause you to do something that is outside of your comfort zone. Maybe the Lord wants you to send a card with some words of encouragement to someone unexpected this holiday season, or to open your home and offer dinner to a family in need, or give a blanket to a person on the streets.
I pray that the Holy Spirit draws out of us the spirit of Christ this Christmas season and beyond.
Do you want to learn more about the Holy Spirit? Here is a link to a wonderful resource: 11 Special Attributes of the Holy Spirit
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