Posts Tagged ‘holy spirit’

god with us“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways” (Hebrews 1:1).

Adam & Eve: You’re kickin’ us out of the garden?!

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Noah: A flood?! Are you kidding?

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Abraham: A nation?! I don’t even have a son!

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Issac: Ah! My son, great meal! Come and be blessed (hmm, seems a bit like Jacob).

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Jacob: I hope this fools Dad long enough to get his blessing.

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Joseph: I’m a slave, falsely accused and in prison!

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Moses: These people are driving me crazy!

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Joshua: Canaan! Ready or not, here we come!

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

David: My son has taken over my kingdom!

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Solomon: Man, raising teenagers is gonna kill me!

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Elijah: These people will never listen!

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Elisha: These people never listen!

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Jonah: Nineveh?! I’m not listening.

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Isaiah: Here am I, send me!

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Jeremiah: Ticks me off! These people won’t listen!

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Ezekiel: God? I don’t think they’re listening.

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Mary & Joseph: A baby?! But how…

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help. You shall call his name ‘Emmanuel,’ which means ‘God with us.’

John the Baptist: I don’t think the ‘temple dudes’ are listening.

God: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

“But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe” (Hebrews 1:2).

Peter: Where are you going? Can’t we go?

Jesus: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Disciples: You’re leaving?! Now what?

Jesus: Don’t worry, I’m leaving my Spirit (the ‘Helper’) with you always to help.

James & Peter: How shall we shepherd these sheep?

Holy Spirit: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

Paul: Uh oh, I think I’m about to get stoned…

Holy Spirit: Don’t worry, I am with you aways, to help.

You: [Insert your crisis, here.]

Holy Spirit: Don’t worry, I am with you always, to help.

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Tr8: Right now, God is with you to help. Lean into Him.

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The Father-Son-Spirit idea the Disciples embraced had tension — life comes from living in the Spirit, who is Christ, who is the Father, who can be known, who is love.

John tells us over and over Jesus said he and the Father were one. According to John, Jesus said he only did what the Father told him to. Jesus believably lived out God’s character before Jews, Greeks, and Romans for about three years. The first church was watching and taking notes.

After Jesus demonstrated the Father’s love, he stuck around a month or so, then, ascended to the Father. According to most creeds, he’s sitting at the right hand as we speak. He left the Spirit to handle things here.

Jesus and the Father upstairs. Spirit downstairs.

These days, I think the Spirit gets ignored a lot. Everyone’s looking upstairs. Wondering about what’s going on up there–what’s God up to? Is Jesus vacuuming heaven with the angels? Are they watching us?

We can’t see because we’re downstairs.

The Spirit is downstairs. With us.

If we’ll tune into the Spirit maybe some really crazy spiritual things could start happening on earth again.

The 1st Century church understood a lot. They followed Jesus and saw his spirit in action — a spirit focused on the Father — and Jesus trained them to be like himself. They could say, “Oh! See that? THAT is SO Jesus!” They knew how to be SO Jesus, too.

In The Acts of the Apostles, one of the things that stands out (and confuses us) is that the Holy Spirit was observable. Paul and Barnabas come back to Jerusalem and tell the home team, “The Gentiles? They’ve got it.”

Got what?

I’m guessing here, but I think they saw people “doing” Jesus. They saw Christ in someone else. They were so familiar with Jesus’ way, truth, and life (John 14:6) they could spot it anywhere. When believers got really good at doing Jesus, wired into the Father’s love, they started to heal, raising folks from the dead, turn bottled water into Sangria, and spoke in tongues (I don’t know what that means, but I know the Disciples saw Jesus do it).

Don’t see much of this today.

Because we don’t have enough faith? No, because we don’t have enough Spirit. We wouldn’t know Jesus if he thumped us on the noggin. I think it’s because we’re all standing around looking upstairs, trying to imagine Jesus, the Father, streets of gold, etc. When the Spirit is here, in the house.

Tr8: Take the slack out of your relationship with the Spirit.