The Holy Spirit has such a unique, powerful ministry among us.
There are so many books I’ve read, classes I’ve taken, the hours of reading and study. Whenever I have a problem, a question, an interest, something I want to change about myself … I run to books, to words, to the Internet … but I realized there is no end to these words and of themselves, they have little power to help me.
And there are some truths that, no matter how many times you read the words, you can’t grasp it or be transformed by it.
I think of all the things I’ve learned just because of the ministry of the Spirit in my heart. Amazing, really. The most valuable, needful things come from His leading, His teaching, His work …
And all the things I can never teach others, no matter how many words I say. The truths that they, too, can learn only from the Holy Spirit working inside them.
I pray for my children, that the Holy Spirit will do His work in them. For our church members. For friends. So many. We need the work of the Spirit bringing things together in our lives to teach us and lead us deeper and deeper into right thinking, right believing, right understanding, right conscience, right following of Jesus. …
I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Jn.1:33
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Jn 3:5
“I didn’t tell you this earlier because I was with you every day. But now I am on my way to the One who sent me. Not one of you has asked, ‘Where are you going?’ Instead, the longer I’ve talked, the sadder you’ve become. So let me say it again, this truth: It’s better for you that I leave. If I don’t leave, the Friend won’t come. But if I go, I’ll send him to you.” Jn 16:4-7