Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore_ 1 Chronicles 16:11
The Holy Spirit’s presence is essential to living the Christian life. The work that believers are called to do cannot be fruitful without Him. Consider the example of the disciple Peter: he spent three years eating, sleeping, and learning in the presence of Jesus, and yet, before the Crucifixion, he denied knowing the Lord. Peter was unable to live the Christian life on his own. But when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, the coward became a powerful preacher.
What happened to Peter happens to every person who receives Jesus, but many do not realize what a resource is available to them. God’s Spirit is the believer’s internal motivator for expressing external evidence of faith. He provides the power to live the Christian life so that we can work effectively for the Lord.
The visible proof we show to the world of our union with Christ is the fruit of the spirit. The fruit of the spirit is the expression of God’s character in the life of the believer. They may not all be expressed at the same time in the same proportion, but every one of those characteristics is within us because the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts.
The practical truth is that we must exercise spiritual attitudes even if we don’t feel them. We are to be loving, though we may not feel love. We are to be kind when harshness makes more sense humanly speaking. We are to practise patience when anger wants to take over. And the great mystery is that when we rely on the Spirit, our hearts change – love takes root, kindness feels right, and patience produces a peaceful spirit.
Lord, I want to be more like you. By Mensa Otabil.
Scriptural Reading: 1 Chronicles 16:7-19