And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
“Sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing until you reach out to touch it”
I grew up in church. My mama made sure her three girls were neatly dressed and in the pew right down front any time the doors were open. I remember, as a child, walking the aisle to the front of the church, saying a prayer, and being baptized. But then, when I was a teenager and my parents divorced they each found new relationships and neither parent no longer saw the need to attend church. I followed their lead and spent the next 20 years outside of the church.
Not only was I not in church I wasn’t following Jesus. I identified as Christian but if asked I would claim spirituality over religion. I didn’t want to be associated with “those crazy, narrow-minded Christians.” I had some vague knowledge of church and religion but I did not know Jesus.
The truth is I had no idea what I was missing, until Jesus reached out and touched my heart.
About 4 years ago, Jesus met me right where I was – sitting at my messy, disorganized desk at school. I prayed a very honest, vulnerably raw prayer and, at the age of 36, met Jesus face to face. I made the decision to follow Him and I haven’t looked back since. I now know what I had been missing all those years.
But I am close enough to the not-knowing that I can easily remember what that old life was like. I remember reading the Bible when it felt like no more than dusty old words with no real meaning or application to my life. I remember reading the Bible with no real intention of following Jesus; but rather to judge for myself God’s Word and to prove Him irrelevant.
That is, until I met Him.
Until I surrendered my heart to the One who created my soul.
At the moment the Holy Spirit entered my soul, the light within me was ignited and I became
His dwelling place.
From that moment on, I would read Scripture and hear the voice of God.
I would read the words of Jesus and feel His gentle whispers stir my soul.
Of course this isn’t always the case, even with a personal relationship with Jesus sometimes it really is hard to read and understand the Bible. But we no longer have to work so hard to understand on our own. Jesus sends the Holy Spirit, the same Holy Spirit who inspired the writers of the Bible now works within us to illuminate the living and active words of Scripture.
We don’t need anyone to teach us.
If we have God’s Spirit living within us we have all that we need.
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him.
1 John 2:27
But if you read the Bible and it seems to be as dry and dusty as it once did to me I would ask: Have surrendered your life to Jesus? Have you given Him your heart?
Romans 10:9 tells us: “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
It doesn’t seem like it should be that easy, does it?
But it is. It really and truly is that easy; just declare with your mouth and believe in your heart and you will be saved.
And then immediately, without any work or effort on our part, God will “set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 1:22)
Once we receive the Holy Spirit we have the One who serves as our Advocate, our Helper, our Comforter, our Counselor, our Intercessor, and our Strengthener.
And then all those words of the Bible that once had been so dull and lifeless suddenly “The Word” becomes living and active before our eyes and in our hearts.
I know. I wouldn’t have believed it either until it happened to me.
If you don’t know Jesus, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Reach out to Him.
He is right there waiting for you.
A prayer for salvation:
I realize that I don’t know you in a real, personal, intimate way. But I want to. I so desperately want to know you Jesus. I have spent my whole life searching, aching for something and I think that something is You. I know that I am a sinner. I know that I am broken and I know that only You can make me whole. Jesus, I am so tired of searching, of running, and of striving. I give up. I surrender myself, my heart, and all that I am to You. I ask you to come, Lord Jesus. Please come be Lord and Savior of my life.
In the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus,
And a prayer for the Holy Spirit to help you as you read the Bible:
I thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to help me, to teach me all things, and to bring me to the truth of God. I thank you that the Spirit lives within me to remind me of everything You have said and to help me in my weakness. Jesus, one of my weaknesses is in reading and understanding Your Word. Jesus, I know that You are The Word made flesh and I know that, by reading Your Word my relationship with you will deepen and sweeten and oh, how I want more of you Jesus. But sometimes I get stuck and I don’t know where to start. Please help me. Holy Spirit please come open my eyes, please reveal the truth of God’s Word to my heart and mind. Please set deep within my soul a hunger and a thirst for God’s Word. As I read Scripture please speak to my heart through the Word. Please give me ears to hear God’s voice, a heart to receive the love of The Word, and eyes to see what you are revealing to me. Holy Spirit, please come. Meet me in the pages of God’s Word.
In Your holy and precious name, Jesus
If you just prayed either of those prayers, either to meet Jesus for the first time or to meet Jesus more clearly in the pages of Scripture, I would love to pray for you as well.
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