Years ago, God sent Pastor G and me on a spiritual journey to learn more about Him and how He is. The fellowship we belonged to for many years focused on God the Father. Jesus was mentioned, but not much was taught about Him as being part of the trinity. The denominational teaching was that the Holy Spirit was not a Person but a power that God gives us sometime after baptism by immersion. Over time, we became convicted that there was more to the story and asked God to help us learn more about Him. Unfortunately, we had to leave that fellowship behind because they were uncomfortable with the path God had us on and did not want to change the way they interacted with and related to God. It’s been quite a journey through many denominations and fellowships, and we have learned from each place God sent us to. Unfortunately, we found the same barriers to remaining in the fellowships at the point when we were convicted that God had more to show us than their denominational doctrines allowed. We were and are so hungry for God that we let those relationships go, too, while God continued to grow our understanding of who He is and who we are in Him.
We’ve been blessed with such an education at Christ University (Joyce Meyer calls it The Holy Ghost School) because we have been taught by following Jesus in scripture and living His way of life. We are indebted to God the Holy Spirit for guiding us into truth. Scripture quoted Jesus as saying that God the Holy Spirit would testify about Him, and He has been so true to His word. I am sharing this with you so that perhaps God can use Pastor G and me as examples of how you can be spirit-led, too.
Father God, thanks so much for calling me as a believer and convicting me to continue on the path to discipleship. Help me to embrace teachings on how to be spirit-filled and spirit-led and help me to follow the path You have for me to be and do all that You have for me to be and do. Thanks for granting me all that I need including the spiritual eyes to see and the spiritual ears to hear what You show me. In Jesus’ name, amen
Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.
Here’s another promise Jesus gives that you can count on! Actually, it’s in the spirit of Matthew 6:33, where Jesus promises to take care of your physical needs as long as you seek first His kingdom and righteousness. In these scriptures, Jesus promises answers to questions you have about His kingdom and way of life. What He requires is that you show Him you want these things above all else, and He promises to give you the desires of your heart. Want to be spirit-filled? Ask God with all your heart, and you can be. Want to be spirit-led? Ask God, and you will develop a relationship with God the Holy Spirit so you can follow His leading wherever you are and whenever He speaks.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. In your prayers, have you asked God to fill you with abundance all the things you need to be able to connect to God the Holy Spirit?
2. Have you sensed God the Holy Spirit’s presence in your Christian walk?
3. Have you received prompting from God the Holy Spirit to say or do something? What did you say or do?
4. Have you ever asked God to fill you with His love and spiritual boldness so you can be and do all that He has for you to do and be?
5. Did you know you can have the same kind of comfortable spiritual love for God the Holy Spirit as you do for Jesus?
Pastor G and I pray this teaching helps you in growing your relationship with God the Holy Spirit. We are here to help if you have more questions (And you probably do!) That’s today’s encouraging word.
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