Tag Archives: Holy Spirit

You Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours

There have been too many things clamoring for my attention this morning, Father. I should have been here sooner. Enable me to focus on what is important and to truly hear what you have to say to me. Amen.

Jude 1:17-21 (<<click green)

In my house, a wonderful gift exchange is “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.” This may occur in other circumstance but we both love having our backs scratched! 🙂

Another mutually beneficial act – and one of much greater importance is keeping ourselves safe in God’s love and Jude encourages us to do this by building each other up in our “most holy faith” by praying in the “power of the Holy Spirit.” as weawait the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ…” “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” We are a family and we should have each other’s back- and not just for scratching! Every opportunity we get we should encourage each other. Our world is way too full of negativity and put downs. Lift each other up!

We must pray for each other, regularly! Absolutely nothing can accomplish what prayer can, especially when we “pray in the power of the Holy Spirit” and not our own. Pray for each other!

Lord, You are coming and we should be doing everything we possibly can to help each other as we ready ourselves for Your imminent return. Help us, Lord, I pray. Amen.

May 31st, Wed, 9:12 am

Redolent of Your Fragrance!

Father, boy was it rough getting up this morning – the yard work I did after supper definitely took its toll! I’m moving a little slower than usual but I am here and ready to hear what You have for me today.

Have I mentioned how much I enjoy the collection of Puritan prayers loaned to me? Lord, You use many things to speak to me, to make me think, to teach me.

Today’s prayer was addressed specifically to the Holy Spirit.

O Holy Spirit,
As the sun is full of light,
The ocean full of water,
Heaven full of glory,
so may my heart be full of thee…
… and make me redolent of thy fragrance.

I had to Google a word in that last line and it’s a good one – redolent. Its definition: strongly reminiscent or suggestive of (something). Holy Spirit may my heart be full of You and make me redolent of Your fragrance – that is my plea for the rest of my life. For me to live for You I must remain full of You. I cannot fill myself with the things this world deems important. It’s like comparing a well-balanced healthy meal to just consuming candy, pop and ice cream. It may taste good in my mouth but I won’t feel so good later and eventually it will kill me. A steady diet of the world cannot satisfy – only You can do that.

And when we are full of You, we cannot help but cast off Your aroma. May everything I say and do be redolent (I love new words!) of You! May the way I live draw others to You.

When Karen puts a roast in the crockpot to cook for the day, by the time supper rolls around the whole house is permeated with the scent of that scrumptious meal! May I be so full of You, Holy Spirit that people have to get a taste!

Aug 26th, Fri, 6:59 am

Pray for Us

Good morning, Father! I am so glad to see You and to have You with me. No matter how much wrong there is in this crazy world, it does not deter from the fact that Your will will ultimately be done “on earth, as it is in heaven.” And even out of the worst of circumstances, You can bring joy and peace. You and You alone are worthy of my Praise!

Hebrews 13:17-19 (<<click here)

As You well know, Lord, spiritual leadership is a challenge. Proclaiming Your word and leading Your people is a heavy burden to bear. It is a very weighty responsibility. It would be so much easier if we were perfect…but we are not. Hence, the great importance of verse 18.

“Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do.”

I’m sure I speak for most spiritual leaders when I say that we covet people’s prayers. We need the strength to carry through the task at hand – there’s a lot to get together every week to feed the flock. We need discernment to weed through all that comes across our path – sometimes the loudest or brightest things clamoring for our attention are the least important and it’s the quiet and thoughtful things that we need to focus on. We need love to flavor everything we see and do – sometimes mean people are really just hurting people. We need the Holy Spirit to direct us and enable us to do His will – quite often it’s not about my agenda or our agenda but it is always about His agenda. May we listen and act.

Lord Jesus, I know people pray for me. I realize that even when we don’t know what to pray that Your Holy Spirit helps us and intercedes for us (Romans 8:26). May I trust You, Lord, with my all. I give You everything that I am. Amen.

July 22nd, Fri, 6:40 am

Thou Shalt Not Quench!

Father, I am sorry it has taken me a while to get here this morning. I do enjoy our time together and I greatly benefit from it. By no means am I in tip-top shape spiritually and I surely need these morning “spiritual” calisthenics. Thank You, Father, for Your patience. Help me to be more disciplined and diligent.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 (<<click here)

The New Living Translation translates this verse to read “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.” Many other translations use the word “quench” instead of stifle. At least in my mind, Lord, “quench” helps me think further down the line.

Holy Spirit, You often associated with fire in the Bible (i.e. Pentecost) and although You are inextinguishable I can put up barriers that interfere with my perception of Your will. I can (and do) obscure Your light.

Mathew Henry’s concise commentary puts it quite clearly; The Holy Spirit works as fire, “by enlightening, enlivening and purifying the souls of men. As fire is put out by taking away fuel, and as it is quenched by pouring water, or putting a great deal of earth upon it; so we must be careful not to quench the Holy Spirit by indulging carnal lusts and affections, minding only earthly things.”

This short passage and Henry’s commentary in it speaks volumes but Lord help me to see some of the big issues in my life that should be addressed.

“taking away fuel”– if I miss our time together each morning I am missing an opportunity to add more fuel to the fire – good solid “hard wood” that will burn for hours – keeping me focused on You.

“pouring water”“indulging carnal lusts and affections” – I quench Your influence and work in my life by obstructing my contact with You. You are always ready and willing to help me and interact with me. I am the one who does things that separates us. I “pour water” on our relationship when I do other things contrary to your will.

By “minding only earthly things” I am “putting a great deal of earth” upon what you are trying to do in my life – once again quenching You.

“Earthly things”, many out of necessity control my life – work, taking care of home and body, maintaining vehicles. But many things are non-essentials, that are fine in moderation but can take too much time if I’m not careful – TV, games on my phone, Facebook, to name a few.

Lord, help me to fuel the fire. Help me to do the things to expose myself to the things that keep the warmth of Your love radiating into my life. Holy Spirit, purify me with the fire of Your presence. Amen

August 5th, Wed, 6:43 am

Since entering the pastorate in the United Methodist Church I have come to really appreciate the hymn “Nothing Between” – it fits well here. I discovered this rendition on YouTube – Neville Peter does a wonderful job!

♪♫♪ Nothing Between / I Surrender All ♫♪♫

Nothing between my soul and the Savior,
Naught of this world’s or my fondest dream;
I have renounced sin and all of its pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.

Nothing between my soul and the Savior,
All my habits of life, though harmless they seem;
Must not my heart from Him ever sever;
He is my all, there’s nothing between.

I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

Nothing between, not even my trials,
Though this old world against me convene;
Watching with prayer and much self denial,
Triumph at last, with nothing between.

I surrender all…

“Nothing Between” – Words & Music: Charles A. Tindley, 1905
“I Surrender All” – Words: Judson W. Van DeVenter, 1896
 Music: Winfield S. Weeden, 1896