Friday, April 30, 2021

Valuing the Holy Spirit


BySarah Geringer 

Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.

Ephesians 4:30 MSG

Many Christians don't know as much about the Holy Spirit as they do about God the Father and God the Son. Yet the Holy Spirit is not only a member of the Trinity, but a great gift given to you as a believer.

I've been watching The Chosen series, and I love it. It's opening my eyes to many things, including seeing Bible truths in new ways. In the series (and in the Bible, of course) he tells the disciples that they will do many more things after he's gone. They did not understand this until they received the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (see Acts 2).

As believers, we have the Holy Spirit living in us. He guides us, encourages us and enlightens us to the truth in the Scriptures. He empowers us to share the Gospel with others, saying and doing things we cannot do without his power.

In Ephesians 4, Paul writes about pursuing spiritual maturity and Christian living. Toward the end of the chapter, he includes this warning in verse 30. I like The Message version of this verse, because it's easier to understand in a contemporary context.

When we value the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives, we will be motivated to honor him. We'll avoid the pockets of immaturity and worldliness because we don't want to break God's heart over our sins. This doesn't mean we won't sin in the same ways ever again. Yet as part of our faith journey, we can grow in honoring God by the way we live.

Is it possible you are not valuing the Holy Spirit's presence? Today, you can make a fresh start. You can pray directly to the Holy Spirit, asking him to help you. Ask him to guide you, lead you, teach you, encourage you and enlighten your mind to Bible truths. Trust him to empower you in overcoming temptations, becoming spiritually mature, and bearing the fruits of the spirit.

As you begin to see the Holy Spirit as a great gift, you'll be humbled and uplifted at the same time. It's possible this could be a missing piece in your spiritual development, and I pray that this devotion encourages you to explore the Holy Spirit's value in your life.

Check out another post on the Holy Spirit HERE.

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