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Thursday, July 9, 2020

it is better for you

Opening Prayer:  O Lord, thank you for your Holy Spirit, who lives within the hearts of all who love you.  Help us, this day, to live our lives completely open and completely surrendered to his movement and his leadership.  Amen. 

Scripture: John 16:5-16

Journal: What is God saying to you through the scriptures today?  How would you describe the Spirit’s activity within and around you these days?

Reflect: What a gift the Holy Spirit is to us.  It is the Spirit of God who transforms us and makes us into the people that God intended us to be.  It is the Spirit who speaks and moves and stirs and inspires.  It is the Spirit who empowers and encourages and exhorts and enlivens.  It is the Spirit who convicts and disrupts and disturbs and uncovers.  And it is the Spirit who comforts and heals and caresses and allures.  It is the Spirit who reminds us that we are sons and daughters of God. 
     That’s why Jesus was able to say, “It is better for you if I go away.  For unless I go, the Counselor will not come.”  And the One who is to come will be with you at all times and in all places, because he lives within you.  Thus, you are never alone.  He is the paraklētos: the Counselor, the Comforter, the Helper, the Friend, and the Spirit of truth.  He is the one who comes alongside, the one who pleads another’s cause, the advocate, the guide, the companion.  Andrew Murray once even called him the very life of God.  Thus, through the Holy Spirit, God is able to live his very life in and through each of us.  Thanks be to God!
     Thank God today for the gift of his Holy Spirit.  Ask him to encourage and enliven your heart.  Ask him to disrupt and convict you, so that you might be more like Jesus.  Ask the Spirit to be poured out on your church, your city, your state, and our world.  Where do you currently see evidence of his Spirit within and around you?  Thank him for that.  Ask him to be poured out more and more in the days to come.


Closing Prayer: Help us, this day, O Lord, to live by your Spirit, so that we might be, more and more, the people you created us to be.  Amen.

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