The Inside Column 1/6

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jun 01, 2014 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

Next week is Pentecost …

“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

– Luke 24:49

As we open ourselves up to the work of the Holy Spirit, the New Testament encourages us to expect things to happen, sometimes dramatically, sometimes it is a bit by bit, in our lives and in our church. Here are three aspects of a spirit filled transformation.

Identity Having been clothed with power from on high the first thing that happens is that the Holy Spirit helps us to discover who we really are. The Spirit draws us into knowledge of God as a perfect, loving, heavenly Father. We are not God’s children directly, we are adopted into God’s family through Jesus, God’s Son, and it is the Spirit who enables us to enjoy an intimate relationship with God as Father, as Jesus did.

Compassion We all know there are a lot of bad things going on in our world, in our communities and as much as we read and see these bad things we can easily become apathetic and hard of heart towards the problems in the world. We can say that is terrible, but we also can feel helpless at the same time. At the end of John’s gospel Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit on his disciples and said, “As the Father has sent me so I am sending you” – John 20: 20. The Spirit comes to fill us with a knowledge of God’s love for us and to send us out to play our part in God’s plans and purposes to heal and restore the world he loves so much. The Holy Spirit empowers us in to action for the broken and the lost, not in our own strength but with Gods strength and love for the world.

Transformation The Spirit not only draws us into God’s transforming work in the world but also gives us a desire for God’s transforming work in our own lives. Through the Spirit we know God’s love and care for us, through the Spirit we also receive a desire for personal change and growth for our lives to become the lives they were designed to be, and for the things that spoil our lives to be healed and transformed.

The Spirit works on our desire and leads us to practice the Christian disciplines of prayer, studying the Bible, fellowship and accountability, which are the vehicles through which God’s Spirit does his gradual work of transformation in us. So we pray, “Come Holy Spirit”.

Yours in Christ

Philip

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