What is it that makes others glad to have bumped into us? I have days where I genuinely feel that I have swamped others in swathes of trouble, of anxiety, of issues and complications.
And then those days I am in the Spirit. Those days where I don’t just let the verbiage that tickertapes in my mind trip out through my tongue and trail in the airspace for others to stumble on and try to get a hold onto. Those days where something clear and right comes out, something grateful and sweet. Not an accusation, or a correction, or a teaching, but simply rather a spiritual fact.
Tonight at our Life Group someone prayed about getting in the homeland of the Holy Spirit. Someone else prayed about the culture of the Holy Spirit being the culture we are most at home in. And the prayer went up that whatever was most unexpected would happen. If healings weren’t expected, that they’d happen. If prophecy wasn’t expected, that it would happen. The Holy Spirit, through the gracious Father and the magnificent Son, was present all right as we met.
One sister commented how when you meet another Christian your spirit witnesses to their spirit. How many times have I met another Christian, and instead of listening to that witness, and just enjoying that witness, instead I have been listening for something else. Something soulish, of the mind, or of the will, or emotions. Humans feebly trying to identify themselves as spiritual, when the only One who knows the mind of the Spirit is God Himself.
We never really know ourselves properly. We are journeys through ourselves, we do not even look at the surroundings as we pass through. What ruffles and waves do we make as we pass? Only what the Spirit brings and what the Spirit breathes will be worth life. Sadly, we are prepared to own that much of what we bring is not of the Holy Spirit. Yet why do we not bring him more?
To become a breath of fresh air, we need fresh oil. We need the Giver to give, and we need to ask Him so that He will give. How much more will He give the Holy Spirit to Him who asks? We turn, we fade, we fail: but in Him there is no turning, there is no fading, there is no failure. The eternal Holy Spirit of the Godhead lifts up all things and sustain all things, and He is in us through the blood of Jesus and through the word of faith that has saved our souls.
Speak a word of faith. Breathe a fresh wind of the Spirit where you are.