Sunday, May 26, 2013

He Is Enough by Reba Altizer

He is enough

This song has been rolling over in my heart all week. Please listen to it before you read the devotion. I believe it will prepare your heart for what the Holy Spirit will speak to you. In the wake of all the devastation this past week, The Lord has had me praying this song over the areas that have suffered so much loss. The trinity is so important, as is remembering the person of the Holy Spirit and its function in our lives.

Noun    1.      Holy Spirit - the third person in the Trinity; Jesus promised the Apostles that he would send the Holy Spirit after his Crucifixion and Resurrection; it came on Pentecost
Holy Ghost, Paraclete

1.  Our Comforter

John 16:7, 8, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment."

This is what I have meditated on this week: We need to open our hearts up and allow Him to comfort us and pray for those who are in pain to be comforted by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the only true  comforter for hurting hearts.  Only the Holy Spirit can heal them. My prayer is, I give the time and opportunity to for the Holy Spirit to do a work in my heart.

I remember, years ago, I was reading a book.  It spoke about the trinity and the differences of each individully.  I remember The Lord showing me, its not all just squeezed together, but each part has it's own awesome purposes.   The Holy Spirit helps our comforters.

 John 14:18, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." In other words, He uses human instruments to do His comforting. There are times when the Holy Spirit will comfort you himself without human aid.

There are times when He will empower and strengthen OTHERS to say just the words you need and give you just the comfort you need. This does not mean the Holy Spirit is not doing the comforting. He is leading and strengthening someone and using that someone to comfort and strengthen in the time of need. Other times, He runs alongside to help when no human aid is in sight. In either case, this is the work of the Spirit. He simply sometimes chooses not to use human help and other times He chooses to do so.

2. Our Teacher and Guide

1 John 2:27New King James Version (NKJV)
27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will[a] abide in Him.

A teacher instructs you in the way to go or in the way to do something. A Guide, leads you and  tells you what is to come and how to prepare. We need a teacher and guide to help us navigate in this world. I have heard so many stories how people were in the right place at the right time by hearing the Holy Spirit. We live in a time when it is so important we hear the instruction of the Holy Spirit.  It can literally mean life or death.

John 14:26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things,
and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 16:13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,
he will guide you into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself;
but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak:
and he will show you things to come.

Again this doesn't just happen. We have to believe He is important enough.  We have to wait in His presence even when we want to act now.  We need to invite Him into our atmosphere-  to long for His presence. We can't stay where we have been, but desire to go deeper. In this day, we can't coast on what we have learned in the past about Jesus, but we must invite Him into our daily lilfe...Daily!  He is enough, but we must let Him flood our lives, and be overcome by His presence.  The Holy Spirit is identified by Isaiah as the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Might, the Spirit of Know- ledge and the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord (see Isa.11:2). He is enough!

Reba Altizer is a member of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Ok. She graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas TX with a bachelor degree in Practical Missions. She has been involved in missions and evangelism for the past 20 years serving in 28 nations. The past 10 years she and her husband have worked at Victory Christian Center as the Coordinators of the Victory World Missions Training Center which is a school to help prepare students for full-time missions work. She has lead women's teams to Italy several times, Slovenia, Finland & Estonia. She has a real desire for women to know they are valuable and to fulfill their God given purpose.

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