Grace and the Holy Spirit

GRACE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

My dad loved the saying that we are a spirit born in the image of Christ sent here to live out a human existence before we head back home to Him. We are first and foremost a Spirit born in the image of Christ. Our purpose here is to live out the plan that God has for us.

The question is, how do we know what the plan is for us?

The focus in October with the Women of Faith Ambassadors is Holy Spirit…the power within us. I struggled much of my life understanding the role of the Holy Spirit. Through prayer and study, I have realized I made it much harder than it needed to be.

Jesus describes the Holy Spirit to us in John 16:12-15:

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore, I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

The Holy Spirit is God within us. The Holy Spirit is truth. The Holy Spirit is at work within us applying God’s grace to our lives. Jesus told us “apart from me you can do nothing.” We must accept the Holy Spirit into our lives in order to live out the purpose He has for us.

I think of the Holy Spirit as a gardener for my soul. He is constantly pruning, fertilizing, watering and shining within me so I can display the characteristics of the fruit of the spirit…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.

An example of God’s grace and the Holy Spirit working within me was On September 12, 2011, when I answered a call from my sister Sara.  She asked me to come be with her. “Don’t worry,” she said, “I’m okay. I was just wondering if you could come be with me.”

Sara had been sick with a disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. The disease was getting worse, affecting her immune system, and confining her to the four walls of her home.

As I made the four-hour trip to be with her, I prayed continuously, asking God to help me know how to help my sweet sister Sara. I knew in my heart that this visit was going to be different. The possibility of her time on earth coming to an end was at the forefront of my mind.

God’s Grace is “the power of God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves”.  And the fact is, we cannot do anything for ourselves.  Jesus says, “…without me you can do nothing.”  ~John 15:5

I needed God’s grace. Sara had given me a necklace to match one that she also wore. The inscription said, “By Grace Alone.” Those words kept going through my head as I asked for His help, His grace. Without His grace, I was lost. How was I going to help her? How could I ease her suffering and pain?

Likewise, the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.   ~Romans 8:26

As we were told by Sara’s care team that it was time to consider hospice, my head said no, but my heart knew when I saw the sparkle in her eyes and the excitement on her face that it was time to pray for her journey to heaven. Sara was going to her eternal home (and she was excited to go). She had fulfilled the purpose God had for her here. She said “Yes.” And her journey began…her journey to be with our Heavenly Father!

I experienced life given by the Holy Spirit. I experienced God’s grace as I walked this journey with Sara and my family, a beautiful journey we could only experience because of God’s grace and the Holy Spirit.

I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit into your heart today and again tomorrow. Listen to the whispers in your ear, the tug on your heart and the fleeting thoughts in your head. These are examples of God speaking to you through the Holy Spirit.

God’s blessings to each of you!

Love and hugs,

Laura

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Barb Baker says:

    Thanks Laura! Needed to hear this today! Blessings and love!

    1. gitznjo says:

      Love you, friend! Pray all is well!

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