For years, I didn’t give the Holy Spirit much thought. It was a portion of belief and faith I would occasionally hear mentioned in a Sunday sermon or I would come across in Scripture. However, it’s only been in the last decade or so where this portion of the Trinity has become more tangible to me.
As I sit here this morning enjoying the first fire of the season in our fireplace, a quote from a recent Sunday message comes to mind: “You really don’t know what you believe until you go through a fire.” I would also add that, personally, I had a hard time learning to listen to the Spirit until I was in the midst of the flames. The fire woke me up.
When I was a little girl I remember loving a song by Leslie Phillips called “By My Spirit”
“Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord,” were some of the lyrics.
At 13 years old, I don’t think I realized that those lyrics were actual scripture from Zechariah 4:6. All I knew was I loved the song and whenever I sung the song, it would stir something inside me.
Sometimes, I wonder how different my life would have been had I really grasped the concept of the Holy Spirit. Now, I’m not saying I have a complete understanding today, not even close. But, today, I do have a better understanding than I did then. Today, I know that my faith and my ability to follow Christ hinges on the Holy Spirit. Years ago, I didn’t understand how crucial listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit really was in this faith journey. The Holy Spirit was there. I knew that. I had accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. But, learning how to follow the Spirit’s lead? That would take me decades to learn. In fact, it’s a life long journey.
I’ve had to learn that while accepting Christ is a one time decision, following Him on a daily basis, is a moment by moment decision that can only be accomplished by the assistance of the Spirit.
Whenever I find myself in the Book of John and read, again, what Jesus has to say about the Holy Spirit, the same question inevitably comes to mind. “Lord, how did I miss this 30 years ago?” (John 14 & 16) Why did it take me so long to grasp the importance of this?
This is everything. This is our lifeline. This is our oxygen. Our faith, and the journey we must take, is not sustainable if we fail to recognize this one small HUGE detail.
When I share my journey with others, I often explain it by saying that, for years, I made the mistake of turning down the volume on God over and over. He is always talking to us through His Spirit and every step of the way we have a choice as to whether or not we will be receptive to that voice.
Today, I want to make the choice to turn that knob up a notch. On second thought, I want to crank it up so loud that it drowns out all the other noise I am tempted to hear and listen to.
I want you to make the same decision today too.
One beautiful thing about His Spirit is that it is only capable of singing Truth. Those are the only words it knows. And that truth will lead us down some pretty amazing paths.
Thought I would share Leslie Phillips old song. Brace yourself it is very 1980s. 🙂