Thursday, October 7, 2010

God has a Spirit

My daughter informed me yesterday that God has a spirit. And along with that she also informed me that God made Eve out of the rib he took from Adam. She even showed me her ribs to prove she knows what she's talking about. So she told me that God has a spirit and that it lives in us, and she knows why. It's simple.... "So that He can protect our hearts."

And with that, I was quickly reminded of the purpose of the Holy Spirit living in me. I was reminded of the one who co-exists within me, although it often goes unnoticed or unmentioned. I was reminded of His sweet voice. And the soft voice that tugs at my heart every time I'm about to make a dreadful decision. And it's the same voice that encourages me to make the phone call to someone in need or to smile at the person who's looking kind of gloomy. The Holy Spirit living in me. God's spirit. In essence... God.

Not too long ago I was in a McDonald's where I saw a woman and young child eating breakfast. Right away they caught my attention. I guess it was the shabby clothes they wore, and the pale look on their faces. I sensed something was not right. In the meantime, I had purchased a little toy for my own daughter, but was disappointed with the purchase. Something within me began to tug at my heart, and I felt compelled to give the child the toy I had just purchased. I did as the Spirit suggested, and it still brings a smile to face, when I recall the bright look on their faces.
But why does the spirit guide me? Why does it never leave me? Why does it reprimand me and alert me? Why does it counsel me so?
John 14: 16-17 says, "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever--the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you."

I'm in awe at the response I get. Once again I feel humbled by the grace and love of my Lord. Jesus... not only did he come to bear the weight of my guilty state, but he then assures me that I will not remain alone, when he's gone. He makes sure to provide companionship, guidance and truth..... when He provides His Spirit. Why did He do it? Because He loves us so! Love... revealed in His Spirit... as He's protecting our hearts.
And once again I'm taken back by the grandness of it all. His love... His love for us. For me.
My thoughts are limited. Too limited to fathom such love for me. Therefore, I'm awe of your love for me, and humbled in my human state, Lord.
And I ponder on all that the "world" is living without because they don't know Him. All that they must endure, without the counselor being there to protect their hearts.
And yet, I'm fortunate enough to say that I know Him. He lives with me and is in me.
I heard His loving voice today.

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