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Ephesians 1:13-16
Romans 8:38-39
John 16:7-13 
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 23 

It is a lovely moment when we first believe; lyrics in Amazing Grace, which always pull my heartstrings, describe this moment:

“‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.”

When we place our faith in Jesus’ redemption, we are also sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. This seal, the Holy Spirit Himself, indicates God has adopted us and guarantees our eternal inheritance. (Ephesians 1:13-14) Jesus said in John 14:16, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.” To help us, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, who lives within us and never leaves us. 

Once saved and sealed, nothing can separate us from the love of God. Paul so eloquently writes in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

Furthermore, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) God secures our spiritual blessings in heaven. No identity thief, robber, or storm can damage, steal, or trick us out of them. 

But if we already have spiritual blessings, why do we often live like spiritual paupers? Our walk with Christ is meant to be one of continuous personal encounters with Him; as such, we flourish in our spiritual blessings when we delight in God’s presence. We can delight ourselves in the Lord, as the psalmist writes in Psalm 37:4, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.”

As we lean into God, the Holy Spirit begins to work our lives, bringing conviction, drawing us to repentance, and leading us into righteousness. Our gracious Father knew we would desperately need the Counselor to guide us in truth just as Jesus guided His disciples during His time on earth. In fact, Jesus promised, “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth.” (John 16:13a)

Additionally, the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in Jesus’s name, will teach us all things and remind us of everything Jesus tells us. When we have invested in meditating on and memorizing Scripture, the Holy Spirit can bring it to mind when we most need it. When I suffered hearing loss, the Holy Spirit brought Jeremiah 29:11 into my mind, giving me the strength, guidance, and comfort I needed.

Recently, I had anxiety as I drove to a new job. The Holy Spirit used Proverbs 3:5-6 to quiet my concerns and remind me to trust God. With a clear head, the Spirit helped me realize I still had some preparation work to do for the upcoming job; He provided clarity and purposeful direction. 

Sisters, when we invite the Holy Spirit to search our hearts for any strongholds of sin and to direct us as we seek to follow God, we become familiar with His gentle leadership.

I have come to hear the Holy Spirit quite well. At His gentle nudge, or when I feel restless, I know to turn to the Holy Spirit as we examine what is happening in my life. He steers me back when I am distracted from God, idols seep in, or when sin encroaches.

One time at work, I was miffed that another co-worker received a job promotion instead of me. While I knew I didn’t want the job, and should be happy for her, I longed to be recognized too. 

Kind to come near, the Holy Spirit gave me a beautiful vision of green pastures. Immediately, I desired to walk with Jesus as my Shepherd in His green pastures, rather than the world’s empty pastures holding only striving, bitter ambitions, and jealousies. Psalm 23 became my heart’s song, for Jesus keeps me safe in His green pastures beside still waters.

In Ephesians 1:15-16, Paul prayed, giving thanks for the success of the Triune God’s work in the Ephesians’ lives. Like us, these believers were once spiritual paupers. But now, because of their faith, they were thriving, evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit and their love for each other. Similarly, our faith and love show when we grow in our walk with God.

With our Helper and Comforter, the Holy Spirit,
we too become more Christlike,
loving each other as God loves us!

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