I’ve been there. It’s not a fun place to be. You go through the motions. You go to church. You read your Bible. You go to bible studies. Nothing.
Coming from someone whose husband is a pastor, no one is immune from this. Yes, even those in ministry.
Something was missing…or rather Someone. The Holy Spirit. I can’t speak from a place of perfection and I’ve-got-this-whole-thing-figured-out. The Holy Spirit has shown me I haven’t relied on HIM.
I am currently reading a book by Charles Stanley called The Spirit-Filled Life. I highly recommend it.
I am going to use Dr. Stanley’s words, “Ask the Holy Spirit to stir up your curiosity.” If we’re “bored” it’s because we’re not aware.
Our awareness of His activity and presence is what needs to change.
Is the Holy Spirit mentioned in your church? How can you follow someone who is not known or mentioned? The Holy Spirit is a PERSON of the Trinity. He’s not an “it”.
“We’ve become so unfamiliar with His ways that we miss His presence.” -Dr. Stanley
If we think the Holy Spirit is a power or force, we will view Him as some sort of divine energy. Um, I’m raising my hand right here because that’s how I saw Him!
The Holy Spirit is defined as having knowledge, will, and emotion.
1 Cor. 2:11-12- “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”
1 Cor. 12:11- “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
Eph. 4:30- “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this last verse and never thought of it as an emotion of the Holy Spirit.
He can become grieved, exemplifying emotion.
Take a look at this verse:
John 14:26- “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
He is our greatest help. He is the Helper. He is the one who teaches us and reveals scripture to us.
If you’re at a point in your Christian walk where you’re bored and there’s no revelation from God’s Word, ask Him!!
I love meeting with believers and singing together. I LOVE bible study. But the daily divine interventions when He reveals himself to you in your daily life, nothing can compare to His presence.
He tells us He will never leave us or forsake us. We know that. But have you experienced His presence? Does what you know resonate with how you live? Nothing is more exciting than the Holy Spirit revealing Himself to me.
*some notes taken from The Spirit-Filled Life