John 14: 15 – 17 – “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you “- NLT
I am feeling that we have really been working hard so far in 2022. We have learned about Jesus and how His earthly ministry points us towards a mission. We have been focused on the teachings of Jesus and learning how to be a better disciple of Christ. We are coming off of a month (June) where we have learned that if we want to see God move in our life, we have to prove it. How can we prove it, if we have no idea what our direction should be, where to go, or what to do?
This month we will begin to look at what it means for us to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us. We will answer some important questions to our faith. Jesus tells us that, “He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth”. What does that mean? We will find out how the Holy Spirit can help us in our time of need. We will find out how the Holy Spirit can convict us of things in our life that are hampering our relationship with God. We will find out what it looks like to lead a Spirit filled mission within our life and our community. We will wrap up the month by coming to an understanding of what our life should look like if we are in fact letting the Holy Spirit lead us.
Its is one thing to sit in a chair/pew and nod your head in belief, or to recite words, it is another thing completely to ask the Holy Spirit to lead us, and then allow Him the space to work. We must be willing to do things we have never done before. We must be willing to expand our horizons and be uncomfortable. If we are serious about letting the Holy Spirit lead our life, we might have to go places that make us uncomfortable, and create relationships with people that are marginalized and cast aside.
God wants nothing more than for His Kingdom to come to earth. We pray this every time we recite the Lord’s Prayer. Do we believe it? Can our life, led by the Holy Spirit, make a way for God to be seen in our lives and in our community?
– Pastor Mike