Unlimited: The Holy Spirit Always Abides
Sep 11, 2019 1417
He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever (John 14:16, NIV).
Great Father revealed himself to believers of old before the coming of his Son and was known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as the God Almighty. Then Jesus came, and the ever-blessed Son was the delight of his people’s eyes.
At the time of the Redeemer’s ascension, the Holy Spirit was gloriously manifested in and after Pentecost. He remains at this hour the present Immanuel—God with us, dwelling in and with his people, quickening, guiding, and ruling in their midst.
Is his presence recognised as it should be? We cannot control his working; he is most sovereign in all his operations, but are we sufficiently anxious to obtain his help?
Without him, we can do nothing, but by his almighty energy, the most extraordinary results can be produced. Everything depends upon his manifesting or concealing his power.
Do we always look to him both for our inner life and our outward service with dependence? Do we too often run before his call and act independently of his aid?
Let us humble ourselves for past neglects. Let us entreat the heavenly dew to rest upon us, the sacred oil to anoint us, the celestial flame to burn within us. The Holy Spirit is not a temporary gift. He always abides with the saints.
If we seek him, he will be found. He does not weary of us but waits to be gracious still.
Let his grace drop from above.
– Charles Spurgeon (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Do you tend to act before consulting the Holy Spirit? It is easy to do. Before making decisions, making plans, or starting your day, begin by seeking the presence of the Holy Spirit.