Hi everyone! Welcome back and I hope you had a prosperous week with the Lord. Today I am going to do something a bit different. I want to list the some of the Scriptural attributes of the Holy Spirit. Please look them up and see how they speak to your soul. Then I want to end with a modern day parable from the pen of Morris Venden.
Before I get started though, I would like to share a brief overview of my life history with Jesus. I have always been a church goer and was raised in a praying, morally sound home. My parents were divorced and remarried, but I had a good foundation with both parents. I found the truth – the meat of the message – when I was a teen and was baptized at the age of 17. I became active in my local church community in my mid twenties but I struggled with my relationship with Jesus because I am not an emotional person. I am what I call an optimistic realist and thought I had to have emotions in order to truly connect with Jesus. Then, I read Morris Venden’s book The Last Trolley Out and my life was changed. As a result of reading this book and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I started my journey getting to know the Him and His purpose in my life. I still have my ups and downs, but I know God chooses me, wants to be with me, died in my stead, even if I don’t get all emotional about things. It was a pivotal point in my life when I got plugged into the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Let’s pray! Dear Heavenly Father, how gracious are Your ways, how perfect is Your plan. We ask forgiveness of our sins and for the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit. Through Your Spirit, we want to understand, surrender, and remain steadfast in Your Love. Please take Morris Venden’s modern day Holy Spirit parable and make it a mighty force in our lives – help us to plug in and remain plugged in. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!
I like the following short list of Scriptures about the Holy Spirit because it reminds me how to pray, what to ask for, how to surrender to His perfect will. The Holy Spirit is…
- Water on a thirsty land (my soul) Isaiah 44:3
- Standard against evil Isaiah 59:19-21
- Living water from within (daily bread) John 7:37-39
- Promised Counselor John 14:16-17
- Promised Power Acts 1:8
- Our Helper John 14:26
- Our Advocate John 15:26
- Our hope, joy, peace Romans 15:13
- Our Guide 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
- Distributor of gifts Hebrews 2:4
- Convicting Power 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5
This is just a short list of all the Scriptures about the Holy Spirit. Number 3 on the list relates back to last week’s blog. If we don’t have our “daily bread,” our daily indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we won’t have any Living Water to impart to those around us. Our well will be dry – our ministry of little consequence.
Now I want to share Morris Venden’s modern day parable about the last days. In his story, the remnant church is depicted as a trolley car and on the front of the trolley car the placard reads, “Heaven Bound, last stop New Jerusalem.” . At the end of his book, The Last Trolley Out, Morris tells this story:
Now there were several people on this trolley car but it was far from full. Soon it became apparent to them that the trolley was not moving. Matter of fact it hadn’t moved in a very long time. Some had grown accustom to this and didn’t give it much thought, yet others became very agitated and angry, while others grew despondent and discouraged. Yet the trolley still didn’t move. After a period of time, what seemed like forever, people began to question, complain, fuss! One group decided that it was because there wasn’t enough money and if there were less poor people maybe they could afford to move forward. Others thought it was because the seats were not all full. Some even gave up and got off the trolley. Their discussions and arguments went on and on. Groups started forming committees and rules. Yet the trolley still didn’t move. Then while the people were busy complaining and accusing each other, one young man stuck his head out the window and looked up. What he discovered shocked and excited him. He couldn’t wait to tell the others. Quickly, he pulled his head back into the trolley and shouted, “I have great news! Please listen, wait, don’t leave the trolley. I have exceedingly great news!” Some still went their way but many listened and what they heard changed their destination forever. “I looked up and discovered why we aren’t moving. We aren’t connected to the Power Source!”
Sisters and brothers, if you see your church, if you see yourself in this parable, then look up and get connected to the Power! May God bless you and keep you! Amen!