1 Kings 3:5 tells us the story of God approaching King Solomon in bed and asking the question “Ask for whatever you want me to give you”. Mark 10:51 we see a sick man that is yelling for Jesus and Christ approaches him with the same question, “What do you want me to do for you”? If God were to approach you today and pose this same question, “What do you want me to do for you?, what would your answer be? Would it be for wisdom? Would it be for healing for yourself or for a loved one? The answer to this question is quite harder than in appears for most of us have so many needs that we depend on Christ to provide.
I am reminded of a statement that my dear Pastor Whitlow’s wife used to say, “We leak”. What a profound statement. We all have had God do amazing miracles in our lives only to find ourselves in the same situation months later. Why? We leak! The Holy Spirit fills us with peace, joy, etc… Then sometimes we “leak” it out. We will be learning more about the Holy Spirit over the next 6 weeks.
When a computer program is written and an error is found or an update required, someone has to sit down and write corrections for the program. Defective lines of code is removed and replaced with new lines that cause the program to work better. We only need to look at the many different releases of Microsoft Windows to understand this concept. Technicians are always working behind the scenes to improve the product so it will be more user friendly to the public. Obsolete and flawed programming is constantly being removed and replaced with more user friendly versions.
We are a lot like computers. We work our way through life with emotions, thoughts, hearts and minds that are flawed – with and by sin. We are like a computer program that isn’t working properly and in constant need of an upgrade from the Master Programmer. The problem with our programming is sin. We are infected with it and It is always trying to keep us from working the way the Master Programmer, Christ, would have us to work.
We are all in need of Spiritual and moral reprogramming, which is the job of the Holy Spirit. We will be observing the Day of Pentecost, the Christian Festival celebrating the coming of God’s Holy Spirit coming to this earth, on June 8, 2014. It is commemorated 50 days after Easter, the day He settled down on the Earth to Christ’s Disciples. The work of The Holy Spirit is often referred to by the Greek Word Paraclete- The Guider and Helper and Comforter to believers in Christ. He came to draw us to and make us more like Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit performs the reprogramming work in us. He is constantly at work on our errors, glitches and programming problems, making us look less like the man Adam and more like Christ. He works on our minds, our will, our emotions and reshapes them to be, again, more like Christ. Like we see the flowers blooming, The Holy Spirit helps us bloom into the creation Christ desires for us to be. This column will be focusing on the identity and work of The Holy Spirit until the Day of Pentecost, describing the various ways the Holy Spirit completes His mission in our lives. We must remember Scripture teaches us in Romans 10:13 that whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
Has life became too tough for you to make it on your own? I have great news. You do not have to. Christ loves you and has nothing but the best for you. Should you want to pray or just need guidance, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I would be happy to share Christ and His loving plan with you.
Come back next Friday as we learn more about this person, The Holy Spirit.