THE HOLY SPIRIT
Suggested Reading: Luke 11
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Key Verse: Luke 11:13
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
We won’t miss anything Jesus does if we are following Him closely and watching Him carefully. Jesus and the disciples would’ve often passed by the upside down funnel shape of Absalom’s Tomb (also known as “Absalom’s Pillar” – 2 Sam. 18:18). Would they have talked about the fact that Absalom was filled with pride, so much so that he tried, by force, to take his father David’s throne? We don’t have a record of such a conversation. Jesus will speak of things to us if we’re close enough to hear Him. He’ll share lessons from everyday things we see. Jesus said, “When He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). It may be helpful for us to read now the first 15 verses of John 16 and then meditate on our key verse. It is obvious that if we ask for the Holy Spirit and we are willing to receive, and if our Heavenly Father is “more” willing to give of the Holy Spirit than we are to receive, and He is, then we are being filled now and always. We need to begin to praise God now. Worship Him for His generous Gift of the Holy Spirit Who fills us to overflowing (Acts 2:4, Eph. 3:19, Eph. 5:18).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Heavenly Father, I am willing to receive of the Holy Spirit here and now. You have given the Holy Spirit to indwell me when I first believed in Jesus, and every day I need to be filled. I’m reminded of a funnel as I look at the picture of Absalom’s Tomb. I imagine turning the funnel over and You pouring into my life more of the Holy Spirit than I have room to hold inside me. Overflow my life, Lord, so that others around me will experience Your Spirit. In Jesus’ Name I pray, and keep on praying and receiving. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
David Manuel, one-time editor of Doubleday, Canada, and I collaborated on a book back in the seventies called “100 Huntley Street.” It was first published by Logos International of New York city. In the early eighties it was published again by Thomas Nelson of Nashville, and then again in the late nineties under the title “100.” It qualified as a Canadian best-seller each time. The other day, Cindy Klassen, Olympic gold medalist, e-mailed me to ask for a biography of my Dad. I had published his memoirs in the early seventies, but could not find a copy of his book anywhere. In the “100” book I tell some stories of my Dad, Dr. Roy Lake Mainse, and also with David Manuel’s help I told my stories also. I’m sending the only copy I could find to Cindy later today. Why tell you about this? My story of being filled with the Holy Spirit as a 16-year-old is on pages 40 and 41 of the original 1979 publication. Perhaps if you know anybody who has watched or supported 100 Huntley Street over the years, ask them if they have a copy for you. I’m told that over 150,000 copies went somewhere. I’ve been reading here and there in the book this morning. I’m greatly blessed by the memories.
Yours for being filled, and keeping filled, with the Holy Spirit,
P.S. My son Ron tells me that the latest version of my Biography “100” is available online at our Crossroads eStore. Here is a link to the info.