“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” | Luke 11:11-13 |
Now, I’m not a father but I do hope to be a mother one day in the future. As I enter that season of my life, I know that I'll receive a deeper understanding of what it means to only want the best for my child. To only give that child the best and nothing less and do everything within my ability to make it happen.
With such a great desire from me as an imperfect human, imagine how much greater the desire would be, coming from a perfect Father with the purest of motives!
Our Heavenly Father only wants the best for His children and He doesn't hold back from giving it to us.
“…but those who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing.” | Psalm 34:10
When I've heard this verse spoken on many occasions, I've often reflected on what I thought was God’s best for me. Aside from the gift of salvation, my mind would go to things like constant financial provision, favour, joy, success, love, the list could go on!
As much as I know God wants you and I to experience all those things in life and more, I believe His number one desire for His children is for us to live our lives led by the Holy Spirit.
Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is a gift from God. He's the Spirit of God, living in you from the moment you give your heart to Jesus. It's only when we live a life guided by the Holy Spirit that we experience the fullness God has called us to.
Only by His Spirit...
...can you see the miracles of God in full operation in and through your life.
...will you witness those in your world come to know Jesus.
...will you do the things you never dreamed you could do.
Reading the first scripture in this post from the book of Luke, I realise that although I've received the Holy Spirit whom God has so willingly given to me from the desires of His heart, I don’t invite the Holy Spirit enough into every situation.
Though by salvation we receive the Holy Spirit as a deposit, I believe that God is itching to give us a greater measure of His Spirit, wanting to see that deposit grow. That growth becomes evident by the fruit that can be seen in our lives when we constantly choose to engage with the Spirit, using the gift that God has so freely given us.
A few years ago, I went on an overseas missions trip. This trip required me to step out of my comfort zone more often than not, causing me to lean into the Holy Spirit and operate at a new level of spiritual authority. I had to.
Ministering to people who had experienced much oppression, pain and suffering meant relying on the Holy Spirit to empower me to do God's work each day. As difficult as that particular trip was, I'm grateful for the experience. It gave me the opportunity to witness the fruit that comes from allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you in everything.
As a daily reminder, I have a framed photo from that missions trip hanging on the wall in my living room, a prompt to stop and invite the Holy Spirit into every aspect of the day ahead.
This is one gift I refuse to leave unwrapped. Will you?
Tell me, how has the Holy Spirit impacted the way you live your life? Please share your story by leaving a comment!