HOLY SPIRIT

THE SPIRIT’S SENSIBLE PRESENCE

FATHER, save me from being content with a little measure of the SPIRIT, thinking that is all I am expected to have.  So often I feel His absence and act using my own human spirit.  Grow in me a desire for the power of His presence all the time The Valley of Vision (ref#76, p29).

“The Holy Spirit is no temporary gift; He abides with the saints.  We have but to seek Him aright, and He will be found by us.  He is jealous, but He is compassionate.  If He leaves in anger, He returns in mercy.  Gracious and tender, He does not weary of us, but He waits to be merciful still” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, Feb 12thPM).

Through sin and worldliness I lose the consciousness of the SPIRIT’s presence. I don’t lose You, SPIRIT, but You are behind my conscious awareness (ref#30, p115).  For instance, no matter how eager or clever I am in sharing the Gospel, it is insufficient without Your presence.  What I need is to experience continual power to be obedient to You, SPIRIT, Who alone truly teaches me (ref#33, p86).

“God is determined to have His child as pure and clean and white as driven snow, and as long as there is disobedience in any point of His teaching, He will prevent none of the working of His spirit” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, June 30th).

FATHER, sensitize me to watch for the SPIRIT.  In Him is the only way I can remain spiritual. (ref#101, p28).

ASSURANCES

ABIDE

FATHER, You have provided many ways to strengthen my faith to the point of “knowing” I have become a Christian with all its joys and privileges.  These ways are all encased in one action.  If I am willing to pursue, that action unlocks and sets free the myriad of ways I can verify my Christianity.  And that action is to abide in CHRIST.

My quest to know is not far off, nor mysterious (Deut 30:11).  No, it is in my mouth and in my heart that I may be able to embrace it (Deut 30:14)—in my mouth and in my heart I confess and believe in the Lord JESUS (Rom 10:9-10).

CHRIST in me verifies my entire condition.  Just as a branch must remain attached to the tree to live, so if I am not to wither I need to be constantly abiding in CHRIST (John 5:15).

My “work” is knowing CHRIST. “Then they said to him, ‘What must we do, to be doing the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’’’ (John 6:28-29 ESV). “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3 ESV).