Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2018 Anticipating the Spiritual Jesus the Prelude to Life
The dispensation of the Holy Spirit…
Note: Corrected Copy… I left out the word NOT… God has NOT forgotten us!
“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2, CSB)
You and I are not “formless and empty” although there’s more than a good chance our lives are in turmoil and empty of the resources needed to turn our lives around. In his book Names of the Holy Spirit Ray Pritchard writes, “We may be encouraged that God’s Holy Spirit still hovers over the darkness today. Though we may not see Him or feel Him or reach out and touch him, yet He is there. He still moves through the emptiness of life, preparing the way for God to bring us out of the darkness and into the light once again.“
I decided on January 1st I would begin an in-depth study of the Holy Spirit not because I hadn’t formed a relationship with the Third Member of the Trinity, but because I had especially since the Holy Spirit is in Residence in our world and lives NOW. As I began reading books written about the Holy Spirit I discovered something disturbing. I first encountered it in Francis Chan’s book The Forgotten God Chan writes. “You might think that calling the Holy Spirit the “forgotten God” is a bit extreme. Maybe you agree that the church has focused too much attention elsewhere but feel it is an exaggeration to say we have forgotten about the Spirit. I don’t think so. From my perspective, the Holy Spirit is tragically neglected and, for all practical purposes, forgotten.” (Francis Chan, the Forgotten God: p. 15. David C Cook. Kindle Edition.)
And then from Ray Pritchard’s book quoted above he wrote, I don’t think I’m going overboard in saying that a proper knowledge of the Holy Spirit’s ministry is absolutely essential to finding peace, joy, and victory as a Christian. Many believers live far below their potential because they have never discovered the Holy Spirit. They know nothing about His power, His indwelling, His anointing, His intercession, His gifts, and the fruit He longs to produce in them.
When my health setbacks began settling in I began to depend more and more on God it was then I discovered the Holy Spirit is God’s presence in my life. I also discovered there’s a “world” of difference between knowing of the Holy Spirit and knowing the Holy Spirit. Those knowing of the Holy Spirit may fall in with what Chan and Pritchard were saying.
Let us lift our internet voices and tell the world God has NOT forgotten us, this is the dispensation of the Holy Spirit! And let us be voices of warning because the next dispensation might bring about what John witnessed many years ago. “Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3–4, CSB)
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” **
Grace and PEACE,
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** John 14:6, CSB