The Spirit's Work Among Us

The Gospel record is full of stories that took place during Jesus' three years of ministry prior to his death and resurrection.  Walking with them and teaching them in a variety of settings, the Gospel writers have given us at least a partial record of some of those occasions and the teachings Jesus sought to impart to his disciples.  We know that it is not a complete record, because the Apostle John came right out and said that Jesus did and said many other things that were not written in the Gospel record.

Now, over 2,000 years later, we have that record and those sacred words.  Yet even in our human experience we often forget what important people have said to us.  I know that I have found letters my parent wrote each other when they were courting, letting me see now, decades later, the deep love and respect they shared for one another.  Yet I do not remember much of what I read.  I have to go back and re-read and remind myself of the contents.  In the same way, I often have to go back to the Bible and re-read passages that are important to me, to my attitudes and actions, to remind me that I am called to act like our Lord whenever humanly possible.  But even with frequent returns to the Holy Bible, I still find that I forget to remember.

Jesus was very specific when he foretold the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Encourager, the Companion on the Way for all those who have placed their faith and trust in Christ as Lord.  He was specific about how the Spirit would minister to each believer, reminding us of all that Jesus taught us, the Companion who quietly and relentlessly reminds us of Jesus' words, his actions, his desires for his loved ones.  Jesus said, "He will not speak of Himself; He will speak of Me.  He will remind you of all that I have said to you."

In personal experiences, all believers have experienced those occasions when the Still Small Voice reminds us of our own waywardness, reminds us of how we have strayed from the path God would desire for us, and reminds us of how we can correct our Walk with God as we are reminded of Jesus' words and teachings.  The Holy Spirit has been given to us to help us to face ourselves even as we are called to aspire to be more and more like the Savior in our daily words and actions, with strangers as well as with our own loved ones and families, and to be filled with the Presence of God through the Power and Presence of God's very own Spirit.

 

"Breathe on me Breath of God; fill me with life anew;
That I may love what Thou doest love,
And do what Thou wouldst do."

 

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