Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Holy Spirit ... In You!

The Message

The Friend
Expanded Passage: John 13-15

John 14:15-17
“If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and He’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take Him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see Him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know Him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you!”

Because this passage is about the Holy Spirit, ask Him to guide you in a prayerful reading of it. Make your reading a prayer in itself.

The Holy Spirit is the most neglected personhood of God. We often treat the Spirit like a tagalong part of the Trinity. Yet Jesus promises to leave his disciples (and us as his followers) with this important Friend. Is it hard for you to imagine that the Holy Spirit is offered to you as a friend? Why or why not?

What does it mean to have the Holy Spirit in you and guiding you throughout your day, as this passage says: “But you know Him already because He has been staying with you, and will even be in you”? Is it comforting? Discomforting? Frustrating? Hard to comprehend? Awe-inspiring? How can you grow today in awareness that the Friend lives in you?

Ask the Holy Spirit, your Friend, to remind you of his presence. Pray the words of this Scripture, asking him to “make everything plain to you” (verse 26) and reminding you of all things that Jesus told the disciples (and you).

As you drive, walk, work, study, and interact with others today, call on your Friend for his guidance with the thoughts you think, the words you speak, and the decisions you make.

Taken from The Message//REMIX: Solo by Eugene H. Peterson

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