The Spirit-filled life is not about wanting something more THAN Jesus, but about wanting more OF Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the helper we need to obey God with love, and share God with boldness.
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
Some key statements and questions put forward that are important for us to talk about…
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments."
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever..."
“You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you."
"The Holy Spirit is a divine gift." Do you treat him as such? How should good gifts be treated?
"The Holy Spirit is the Helper that we need." The Holy Spirit will not abandon you. Ever. The Holy Spirit stays and helps. Always. What peace does that bring you?
"The Holy Spirit is inseparable from truth." If you believe in Jesus, that is the greatest miracle of the Spirit's work. Have you discounted your salvation as the daily miracle it is?
Learn to listen. Say this out loud: Lord, I'm listening.
Make space. Say this out loud: Jesus, interrupt me if you need to today.
Take risks. Say this out loud: Lord, help me take steps in the direction of holy and obedient risk.
Watch your words. Say this out loud: Lord, speak louder than I do today.
Expect the miraculous and rejoice in the ordinary. Say this out loud: Lord, give me the faith to believe for mighty miracles and to rejoice in the everyday ones. Amen.