I read this article. I wondered if it could be true. I would love it if you read it, too.
There is no need for us to wait, as the one hundred and twenty had to wait (Acts 1) for the Spirit to come. For the Holy Spirit did come on the day of Pentecost, and has never left His church. Our responsibility is to humble ourselves before His sovereign authority, to determine not to quench Him, but to allow Him his freedom. For then our churches will again manifest those marks of the Spirit’s presence which many young people are especially looking for, namely biblical teaching, loving fellowship, living worship, and an ongoing, outgoing evangelism.
–John R. W. Stott
Week two of “Elijah” looked at 1 Kings 17:7-16. There are some lessons we must learn in order to live Spirit-dominated lives:
- Don’t interpret hard times as God’s unfaithfulness.
- When one source of provision dries up, God always provides another.
- God’s provision often violates the laws of common sense.
- Beginning the faith adventure may be the hardest part of the journey.
- In God’s economy, we have more than we realize.
- Thank God for his capacity to make much out of little.
Our current teaching series at HBC is a study of Elijah. His life was so in tune with the Spirit of God, that his successor Elisha asked for a “double portion” of the Spirit just to carry on the work. Elijah’s story is amazing but we must remember that he was a “man just like us” (James 5:17). The reason that Elijah accomplished all that he did is that his life was surrendered to and dominated by the Holy Spirit of God.
The first week we studied Elijah’s arrival in the public life of Israel found in 1 Kings 17:1-6. He challenged the king of Israel…warning him of God’s coming judgment.
We see what a life dominated by the Holy Spirit looks like:
- Adventurous Direction.
- Risky Obedience.
- Supernatural Provision.
The last couple of days, I have let my prayer time get squeezed. I have prayed but not as long or as much as I need. I have discovered that I begin to come apart if I do not spend enough time praying.
I do not usually know before beginning how much time that means. Only after I have been praying can I feel God release me. The last couple of days, I have not waited for that. I have just run through my lists and moved on. Not healthy.
So…today…as I woke up… I felt God drawing me back. Thank you, Father, for pulling on me and not letting me go. I write this as I begin my day and my prayer time. I look forward to this time. I need this time.
And, thank you, HBC family for giving me the time I need. Thank you for allowing us to hire a Director of Operations to remove much of the administrative load. (Todd is meeting with the fire inspector while I am in my study!) Now, I have greater freedom to spend more time like this. A difference-maker…
I will spend time today with the audacious prayer cards you brought to the altar last Sunday. I will pray because of the increased movement of the enemy in conflict with our praying. The Holy Spirit is stirring, and I will spend time trying to listen to the Spirit speak to me.
Pray Ephesians 1:17 for me: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better (NIV).” This verse stuck in that special way recently. My great desire is to know him better.