Tuesday July 31, 2018
15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit is one of the most special gifts God has given us. Paul is telling us not to be filled with wine, but to be filled with the Spirit. I think he is just using wine as an example here. We are being taught to not use things of this world to fill us up, but rather use the Spirit.
This all seemed confusing to me, you know, having the Spirit inside me. I had no idea what the Spirit was the first three or four years I had known Jesus. It’s crazy to think that now because the Spirit is such a vital aspect of our faith. When I went to Israel with a group of college-age students, Dan Spader taught us about how truly unique and powerful the Spirit really is. In the New Testament alone, the Holy Spirit is referred to almost 261 times! This must mean it’s kind of important… In Ephesians 1:13-14 Paul tells us, “… and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” Once we give our lives to Jesus, we are given this amazing gift! But what really is the Holy Spirit? And what is its role in our lives?
After reading “The Shack” by William P. Young, I was able to see how God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit were at the same time, one, but three separate beings. The Holy Spirit should be our best friend. What do bestfriends do? They talk all the time, give advice, encourage, inspire, and much more. You feel the Spirit when you do things you know you should, but you don’t necessarily want to. I have had many moments like this and always will. Whether it’s stopping to help someone on the side of the road, talking to a homeless person, or loving someone who’s hard to love, I’ve found I need to start saying, “yes” more to the Holy Spirit during these times in my life.
Do I feel the Holy Spirit in your life?
Do I understand the Holy Spirit and the importance of it in my life?
How can I begin to walk in step with the Spirit?
Dear Lord, help remind us that the Spirit is always with us. Teach us to rely on the Spirit when we feel alone and unsure. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Have a great day!