Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Many bloggers whom I follow have been studying and reviewing the same book, The Forgotten God, by best-selling author and inspirational Christian speaker, Francis Chan. Their reflections and commentaries have whetted my appetite to explore this book in depth, and I have placed it on my Amazon wish list with husband, Danny. He's the bread-winner in our family and always keeps a conscientious finger upon all our expenditures, and I strive to keep my own frivolities to a minimum as we prepare for retirement. But, I don't regard a book devoted to the Holy Spirit frivolous. I trust, once Danny's reads this post, he'll order the book without hesitation as he, too, admires Mr. Chan ever since we were privileged to hear/see him in person several years ago.
If you are a regular follower of Meditations of My Heart, you know that I'm on a semi-hiatus. I'm not publishing regularly because the next novel series calls. Loudly! And, I have to complete and edit the ENTIRE SERIES before I dare let Book One loose to my publisher. The demands of time are, well, demanding! Time is precious. My responsible use of it, even more.
And, what does this have to do with reading The Forgotten God? EVERYTHING! Because, each and every day I plop myself down at the computer to write creatively, the Holy Spirit visits me. He's not always apparent or present at first, but as I let myself go and allow Him to enter in, the words flow. Characters take on flesh and blood, and the novel moves forward, more real than reality, truer in words than my own human and limited thoughts could ever imagine. The characters speak with authority and autonomy. I simply listen, heed, and record.
Listen. Heed. Record.
For I know this: In depending upon myself alone, nothing is possible. I could try and try and try again, yet be resigned to flailing impotently in my own efforts. My striving, my goals, my dedicated work means nothing unless the blessing of the Lord is in it.
Unless, He is welcomed.
Beyond the shadow of doubt, I must, you must, embrace the Holy Spirit.
In heart and mind and soul.
Without Him, I (you) fail.
With Him, I (you) succeed.
When we have succumbed to the will of God, our will is no more, and we're the better for it. Guaranteed.
Only with God, through His Holy Spirit, promised by Christ Jesus, are all things possible.
Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to move in your life?
Prayer: Father in Heaven, send Your Holy Spirit once again, that we might feel the flame of passion which is Your love for us. We are so in need of revival and confirmation in our Christian walk, especially in these globally trying times. May we ever remember and revere the sacrifice that Your Son, Christ Jesus, made for us, the undeserving and unwashed. May we ever give unending thanks for our salvation, and live according to Your will. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.