My husband is hot.
And I’m not talking about the fact that after twenty-six years of marriage he still manages to make my insides jelly-like when he looks at me a certain way.
No, I mean he is literally hot.
As in I swear his body temperature is twenty degrees above normal.
Which presented a serious dilemma when a new job position meant he gets up two hours before me in the morning and I am left alone, shivering, teeth chattering, and with the notion that I’ve been dropped in a snowbank. No matter how many extra blankets were heaped on me when he left, I was too chilled to go back to sleep. And too tired to get up.
But that handsome husband is a clever man and after a few months of an overtired wife, he came up with a splendid solution.
An electric, fleece blanket.
So when that clever man crawled out of bed and lumbered across the room to turn off the alarm at 3 o’clock this morning, I rolled over, groped for the heat selector and pressed the “high” button.
I lingered, briefly, in the Shangri-La between sleep and wakefulness and mumbled a thank you.
Later I waddled down the hall with the fleece draped around my shoulders like an oversized shawl, grabbed a mug of coffee, and plopped into my recliner for some quiet time. Sitting there warm and comfy, with my Bible on my lap, I began to give thanks for an even better “until we are together again” gift.
The Holy Spirit.
“But I tell you the truth it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” – Jesus John 16:7 NASB
The Scriptures say that Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again on the third day, overcoming sin and death. And then He presented His believers with a gift: His Spirit.
Comforter, Guide, Hope and Assurance, Conviction, Peace, Incredible Power and Life.
Sometimes, in this world-turned-upside-down where good is called evil and evil is called good, it ain’t easy being a Christian. And certainly not popular. But once you have experienced the presence of God’s Spirit and the power of God’s Spirit, there is nothing else that will satisfy.
At least not in this world.
It leaves me breathless to think that the Spirit of God is just a partiality of what is to come: eternity in the Presence of God Himself, in all of His fullness!!
Here are a few facets of the gift of the Spirit:
By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit. 1 John 4:13 Assurance!
But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. John 16:13 Guide!
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my Name, He will teach you all things and bring to remembrance all that I said to you. John 16:26 Teacher! Reminder!
… You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 8:1 Power! Ability to witness!
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. John 6:63b
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Christ from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit which dwells in you. Romans 8:11 LIFE!!!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control Galatians 5:22-23 The Spirit filled life is an abundant life!
My fleece blanket is a great comfort, but can’t begin to compare its giver.
And the Holy Spirit is an awesome, indescribable Gift that is a mere foreshadowing of the Greatness to come!
If you aren’t walking in the Spirit and experiencing His powerful presence, remember we walk in the Spirit in the same way in which we receive the Spirit: by faith. As you therefore have received Christ, so walk in Him. Colossians 2:6
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Grateful for this wonderful life,
Marie with a