I believe in the Holy Spirit.
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
Hoping. Longing. Waiting. Generation upon generation read these words from the prophet Joel and Ezekiel with anticipation and probably frustration. To fulfill a promise like this would renew the human race, even the face of the Earth. It is little wonder this prayer, “How long, O Lord,” so frequently appears throughout Scripture. At many points, Scripture seems to say something like this, “The law was given so that the Spirit might be desired, and the Spirit was given so that the law might be obeyed.” Meditate on that phrase.
So often we think of the work of Jesus Christ and the promise of the Holy Spirit as the remedy for original sin when it is far more than this. The Holy Spirit will settle for nothing less than original righteousness. The realities Joel and Ezekiel and others prophesy is not a patch or a fix or a work-around. They speak of a new operating system, a total renovation, the New Creation. There’s a big difference between bypass surgery and a brand new heart. Are you thinking in this framework?
Spend a few minutes today with this ancient prayer, crafted from Scripture and passed down through the ages.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
—From Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.
Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.
Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .
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