As you try praying, you sense that prayer gives God’s power in your life. A power that makes you feel fully alive.
The ignition spark on the oven just wasn’t doing anything. It was supposed to deliver the spark to the gas and then we could get cooking. But nothing. All the hardware was there. The oven, the gas rings, the gas connected. But no spark. It had become clogged with years of dirt and grease. It needed a clean.
Life. It’s all there, but the spark is missing. As far as human beings are concerned we are not fully alive until we have the ‘spark’ of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives. We were never meant to live life without him. It’s as senseless as trying to cook without power. How do we get the spark?
Become religious? No. Pray hard? No. Go to church? No. None of these deal with the issue. We need to get rid of the dirt and press the “ignition” button.
How? Don’t cover up the dirt, but get rid of it. There’s stuff that has spoiled your life – the grime and dirt has built up. You can be clean by asking God to forgive you for the wrong you have done. Admit it and say sorry.
Then ask for God’s Spirit to come to your life to make you what you were meant to be. He comes to live in us empowering us to be what we should be. He makes us truly alive.
These words have been the invitation to which millions have responded through the centuries. They come directly from Jesus and are an astonishing offer to get to know him:
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Something you can do today…
God, I’m sorry for things that have spoiled my life. I must have offended you in it all as well. Please forgive me and help me to forgive myself. I ask that you would come into my life right now through your Spirit and make me the kind of person you want me to be. Turn on the ignition and let me really live as you want me to.
Go to your front door and say to Jesus, “Please enter my life today. You are welcome.”
Keep Praying For
- Your big issue – the area in your life where you most want God to work.
- Others – your friend or family member who needs help.
So What About the Holy Spirit?
Listen to the things people talk about today and it is often full of spiritual stuff, whether getting in touch with your inner self, spirit guides or mysterious experiences. Dive into almost any civilisation and people are aware of the spiritual, even in our secular materialistic world.
However the Holy Spirit is something else. Clear teaching from Jesus shows us that the Spirit is not an ‘it’ but a person. In fact Jesus told his followers that the Spirit would come and be his presence with them. After he rose from the dead he told them to wait until he – the Holy Spirit – had come. They would be given power and led into truth though the Holy Spirit.
Today when someone trusts Christ with their life the Spirit comes to them as a sort of deposit on all the good things that are still to come.
He is the essence of God dwelling in us. The effect of this is that he makes us aware when we have done wrong and in a special way he lets us know, on the inside, that we are loved and belong to God as his children.
Try asking for God’s Spirit to work in you.
© There is Hope 2015.
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