In search of inspiration
By the time you read this… I’ll be looking back through the rear view mirror at my birthday. That annual day that marks yet another trip around the sun. I’ve struggled this week to find inspiration for my blog article. And thanks to my self imposed dogged determination, taking a week off was not an option. After praying and reading, I started to write and scrapped it. I tried again and scrapped that too.
Finally feeling a bit desperate I read the article I wrote last year at the time of my birthday. Here is a link if you’d like to know the context. https://debhucke.com/2018/09/03/happy-birthday-to-me/
Staying the Course
Last years reflection encouraged me to consider where I am now and from where I’ve come. It’s a good exercise whenever you elect to do it. I am most proud of the fact that I have stayed the course with God at the helm. As life has stabilized it would be easy to revert to self-sufficiency. To a large extent, I credit my weekly blog to have resisted that temptation. Writing GodsGotThis consistently has disciplined me to stay closely connected to Him. I’m vigilant in my everyday life to watch for His lessons, hear His convictions and trust His ways.
Not just lip service
I liken it to the season of life when I was passionate about clean eating and healthy food. (The passion remains even if I’m not as outspoken.) When shopping for groceries I was conscious of what I put in my cart. What if you saw me in the check out line buying hot Cheetos, fruit loops and a case of Diet Coke? What would that do for my credibility as a voice for clean eating? My purchases reflected my priorities. So I chose and still choose, mostly produce and organic, fresh, whole food. My groceries were the evidence that my soapbox was more than lip service.
My blog writings are similar. You all, this growing platform that I am humbled to serve has helped to keep me aware of my influence. It’s as if, I’m mindful of the fact that you’re watching to see what I put in my grocery cart.
But it’s more than that. I no longer feel completely independent. Instead it seems as if I live in tandem with God. Almost as if we’re inseparable. This realization urged me to dig a little deeper into the significance of the Holy Spirit.
I know this much
The Holy Spirit lives in me. The day I said yes to Jesus I received the gift of the Holy Spirit. And as a Christ follower it’s not possible to leave home without Him. But… He is gentleman. He won’t force Himself upon me. It seems that during my weeks and months of extreme neediness, I’ve become practiced at depending on Him, almost constant interaction. And this holy habit has carried over into non crisis times.
What the Holy Spirit is NOT
Sadly, many Christians miss out on Him completely. To be fair He is the most misunderstood part of the trinity. The Holy Spirit is NOT simply a force, a ghost, or some kind of cosmic IT that causes us to feel emotion.
The Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity. He speaks (Acts 8:29); makes decisions (Acts 15:28); is grieved (Ephesians 4:30); can be lied to (Acts 5:3,4); grants spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 1:12:11); helps us (Romans 8:26,27) and even can prevent our plans (Acts 16:6,7) This is not the work of an it.
The Breath of the Almighty
The Holy Spirit makes His debut in the opening scene of scripture.
Genesis 1:1,2 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters”
The Hebrew word translated as “Spirit” means “breath.” “The Breath of the Almighty,” is the agent in creation. Picture it. The omnipotent God of the universe breathes out creation.
Reinforced all throughout scripture, the Holy Spirit is the irresistible power by which God accomplishes His purposes.
Don’t miss this. In addition to His huge role in the cosmos, the Holy Spirit is the paraclete, (Greek for helper). Our personal agent of God’s power, forever. So just as He’s released in the world to accomplish His purposes, He is available in us to do that same kingdom work. How cool is that?
John 14:16,17. “He will be with you forever…he dwells with you and will be in you”
So back to my birthday reflection… I thought about my own history. As His daughter and with my strong conviction that He’s Got This, my life is His story to write. And at my age, many chapters have already been written. I have to trust Him with the pages to come. He holds the pen.
Then, like a mack truck, I ran into this passage. Since the Holy Spirit is God’s agent of power, I see this scripture speaking about Him and His ability through me.
Ephesians 3:20,21 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Let’s see you do that?
At first my reaction was… come on God. Really? Immeasurably more? I mean I have a big imagination and audacious desires. I dream about my handsome ginger, praising you, while living independently with his nice family in Brooklyn NY. Let’s see you do that? And you’re able to do immeasurably more?
Stewards of our Story
As I’ve wrestled with this scripture I’ve come to believe that we are merely stewards of our stories. He is the author. And because He is God, He is able to masterfully weave together everything including our bad decisions, our tragedies and even our sin for His good purposes. (Romans 8:28) Further and beyond human comprehension, He is able to cause our stories to intersect at the precise time, in the precise way for His glory.
He is Faithful
I must not forget that God has been faithful. I have seen immeasurably more. The ICU at UNM hospital has seen immeasurably more. Facebook and my public following has seen immeasurably more. And I trust that He isn’t finished with His work of immeasurably more.
A Call to Faith
The way I see it, Ephesians 3:20 is a call to faith in the One who is able to do immeasurably more with and through us. What does that look like? Until our final breath, we’re to remain close to the Holy Spirit. Inseparable even. When we do… not only is He able to accomplish immeasurably more, scripture promises we’ll produce fruit. And with that fruit, we’re privileged to advance the kingdom, right where we are.
Galatians 5:22,23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control.
Someday, it’s my hope and prayer that it’s the Spirit’s fruit you’ll see in my grocery cart.