Chapter 2 – Help is Here

The Spirit as a Teacher
“He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” ” John 14:26

Today’s Reading:  1 Corinthians 2:10-16

“Jesus doesn’t want us to think of the Holy Spirit as an it or a thing.  The spirit is a person”, implores Max Lucado. I don’t know about you, but I struggle daily, when calling upon the Spirit for help, specifically in terms of what to call Him. It seems very natural to call out to the father, to Jesus, to the Lord, but so unnatural to refer to the Spirit. Jesus taught us in his prayer, to state “Our Father in heaven, hollowed be thy name”.  Do I need to use the same formalities with the Spirit? I pledge today, as recommended by Mr. Lucado in this chapter , never to resolve to call the Holy Spirit an it.

Max also prompts us in better conversation with the Spirit. He gives us great examples: “ In this moment what are you teaching me?’, “How am I to respond to this challenge? “Direct me, please. Which way should I go? “  Being an informal person, worrying about formalities, I love the phrase “Direct Me”. That’s going to be my “go to” this season.  One practice created in 2022 that I will take with me into 2023, is the practice of formal conversation on a daily basis with the Creator.  Walking the dogs early in the morning, when no one is around, has led me to a place of solitude where I can go to my knees in worship and thanksgiving and formally talk to the Lord.  This practice has been life changing.  In 2023, the habit of asking the Holy Spirit to lead my day, to teach, and to respond to challenges will be included in this solitude time each day. I encourage you to create a similar practice in your life.

Dear Spirit, I am hungry to be taught. I am willing to be led.  Direct my ways.  Teach me everything I need to fulfill my destiny here on this earth.

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