What Amount of the Holy Spirit Do You “Really” Want?

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Sitting in church service…  The pastor made a comment that resonated with my soul and I continue over past weeks to ponder the profoundness of the words.  He said…  “We can have the Holy Spirit in our hearts in the amount we want Him.”  Hmmmm…..

What does this mean?

Let’s take a look at some scriptures…

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 that I have said to you.”

The Holy Spirit is a…

Helper.  A teacher.  A reminder.

Galatians 5:22-23″But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Those filled with the Holy Spirit will exhibit the fruits of the spirit…

{Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.}

This does not mean we will be {perfect} but it does mean that those who say they follow Christ should portray all of these characteristics in a growing degree everyday.

John 14:15-17 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

If we are believers…  {If we love God}…  We will keep his commandments.  Within our hearts we will maintain the spirit of truth…  we will obey.  We will {KNOW} him, his voice, his commandments, his purpose for our lives…

{If we KNOW him…  We will WANT him in bigger doses…  Nothing else will fulfill our deepest needs.  We will WANT nothing else more than to obey and follow {HIS} plan for our lives.  {We will listen intently to the whisper of the Spirit within our soul.}

Romans 5:3-5 “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

If we spend time reading God’s word, praying and listening in prayer, and focusing on minds and hearts on the things above…  We will… Others will begin to observe character changes in our lives.  We will begin to behave in a Christ-centered manner and when we sin {which we certainly will} we will take responsibility for our misbehavior and take steps to make right our wrongs.

Friends…  I have learned and am learning how {very real} our God is….  He’s alive!  It saddens me to see “so-called” Christians live their lives according to their own will, all the while stating it is the will of the Father.  The Father’s will is perfect!  Unfortunately, he doesn’t want us filling our minds with filth…  scary books and movies filled with darkness… provocative movies and books… Un-Godly romance novels and books.  Friends, that tempt us to follow the world, rather than God.  He wants us spending time in nature… reading His word… taking time daily “moment by moment” to spend time with HIm.  He doesn’t want us hurling insults… anger… bitterness onto other people.  This is NOT Christ’s way!  He wants {our hearts}… {our complete focus}.  He wants ALL of us!!!

Friends…  I leave you with this final word…

“You can have the Holy Spirit is the amount that you want Him!”  Don’t waste your time focusing on the things of the world, attempting to fill a void… a fleshly desire for fleeting and ultimately peace thieving quasi-fulfillments.

Join with me today…  Change your focus to the things of God.  Ask Him to give you a desire for more of Him, less of you, and peace that surpasses all understanding.

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus!”

That’s my desire friends…. {PEACE}…  God’s Peace,

Join me… As I begin the process of seeking the Holy Spirt whole-heartedly!

Blessings,

Crystal

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