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I Need to Feel the Holy Spirit Today.

I need to feel the Holy Spirit today.

I need something tangible to let me know He is alive and in my life.  I need to be overwhelmed by His presence in my life, today.

Yes, I can look back over my life and see where He has been at work; to see that He has had sway and influence over things and events and circumstances.  At least . . . I think I can.

But today, I am struggling with things I shouldn’t struggle with.  I doubt things I shouldn’t doubt.  I question things I shouldn’t need to question.  And I am tired of being in this place.

I have asked God to lead me.  I have asked God to help me.  I have asked God to show me.

There are areas I need him.  There are areas I know, I KNOW, where I can’t do this on my own.  I wonder what I’ve gotten myself, my wife, my family, into.  I wonder when this sin, this temptation, this pain, this frustration . . . and this waiting, will end; or at least become tolerable.

Today I feel alone. Apart. Separate.  On my own.  Left to deal with my choices, mistakes, faults and doubts.  Today I feel this overwhelming urge to take back the reins.  To take charge.  To take over.

Is this what God wants?  It seems so counter to everything I read in the Bible, yet seems so real, so necessary today.  Is it true?  Is it the world?  Is it the enemy?  Is it reality?

Is it time to move on? To end the grand experiment, this great adventure?  To come back to the real world with all its faults, all its frustrations, and live a life of hope and faith without tangible proof of the One who created us, cares for us, and is the great provider of all our needs.

I need to see that.

Yes, I know we all go through our times, and seasons.  Oh Holy Spirit of the living God, where is Your hope, and faith, and patience, and peace, and joy, and self-control.  And love.  To live in constant struggle, doubt, questioning, and frustration is not the way a follower of Christ is supposed to live . . . or so I’d thought.  Not in emptiness.  Not in doubt.  Not in fear.

God I need you today.

Still, I give you praise for who You are.  You are the Creator of all things.  I will praise you in this storm.

“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” (Rev. 4:11)

I am a creation of God.  He does not leave or forsake me.  In that I will rest my faith.

“You are among us, LORD, and we bear your name; do not forsake us!” (Jer. 14:9)

I need to feel the Holy Spirit today.

Lord Move Or Move Me
I can’t find the words to pray, I’m a little down today
Can You help me, Can You hold me?
I feel a million miles away, And I don’t know what to say
Can You hear me anyway?

What I need is for You to reach out Your hand
You have taught me no matter what You’d understand

CHORUS:
Lord move in the way, that I’ve never seen before
Cause there’s a mountain in the way and a lock on the door
I’m drifting away, waves are crashing on the shore
So Lord move (move), or move me.

I’ve looked everywhere to find a simple peace of mind
But, I can’t find nothing on my own
So I gotta leave myself behind, take up this cross of mine
Give away everything I hold onto

Lord I know the only way is through this
But Lord, I know I need You to help me do this

CHORUS:
Lord move in the way, that I’ve never seen before
Cause there’s a mountain in the way and a lock on the door
I’m drifting away, waves are crashing on the shore
So Lord move (move), or move me.
~song & lyrics by FFH

A Final Question: What Does the Word “Abide” Mean To You?

This is going to be the final of my “preacherman” posts.  Firstly, because it was done 🙂   And secondly, because I thought this was an intriguing question.  So, here we go . . .

Not too long ago, our Pastor asked this deceptively easy question during a sermon; “What does the word abide mean to you?”—As Christ implores of his disciples in John 15: “Abide in me”.  In fact, John makes abundant use of the word “abide”, using it ten times in John 15:1-11 (NASB) alone.

For example, look at John 15:7:

εαν μεινητε εν εμοι και τα ρηματα μου εν υμιν μεινη ο εαν θελητε αιτησεσθε και γενησεται υμιν

Okay, just kidding.  Here it is in the NASB translation for those few of you unfamiliar with the original Greek:

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

John uses the same word “μεινη” or “meno” (men’-o:  to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) — abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), thine own.) throughout chapter 15.  As you can see, even within this one word, there are subtle differences that could be gleaned from each particular usage.  In other words, Christ isn’t continually saying to “remain”, or to “continue”, or to “tarry”, but is using the subtle shading of each of these and more, throughout his Words.

Abide isn’t a one-definition-fits-all word here.  So, if a Christian is called to “abide in Christ”, what exactly does that mean?

Well . . . kind of depends on the Christian doesn’t it?  Continue reading A Final Question: What Does the Word “Abide” Mean To You?