And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever (John 14:16).
Listening to the Holy Spirit and following His leading and guidance is so important in the life of every child of God. Many today have gotten into the wrong jobs, wrong relationships, and made terrible decisions because they ignored the council of the Holy Spirit. God the Father is in heaven, and so is the Lord Jesus. But the Holy Spirit is here with us, as the administrator of the grace of Jesus Christ and the love of God in our lives today. He's the one that makes the presence of the Lord Jesus real to us. He communicates the mind of the Father to everyone who has received Him.
No wonder Jesus, before His ascension said, "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever" (John 14:16). Those who ignore the Holy Spirit can't experience God's love in reality. Life, without the Holy Spirit, is unexciting, hard, rough and tough. Someone once said, "The Christian life is very challenging; it's fraught with too many problems." Well, that's for the one who ignores the Spirit. I've been a Christian for a long time and for me, it's been a smooth sail, from glory to glory! My experience of life has been that of consistent progress, unending success and recurrent victory. It's an awesome, wonderful and glorious experience, if you learn to walk with the Holy Spirit.
When you're acquainted with the Holy Spirit you won't consider any challenge you might face as obstacles to your faith; you'll see them as bread. James 1:2 says count it all joy when you fall into divers tests. Why? There's one living in you that helps you win and puts you over all of life's challenges: "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world"(1 John 4:4). The Holy Spirit was sent to help you live the overcoming life, and bear you up in times of weaknesses and limitations (Romans 8:26); never ignore Him.
Recognize the personal ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life and learn to walk with Him. He's more concerned and passionate about success than you could ever be. And as you yield to Him, He'll perfect all that concerns you and lead you from glory to glory.
Thank you dear Spirit of God for your presence, power and ministry in my life! I recognize and acknowledge you as the One at work in me, causing me to make progress and excel in my faith-walk; leading me in greater levels of glory! Making me a success, and for bringing beauty into my life, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Rhapsody of Realities September 13, 2011
-Pastor Chris Oyakhilome