The important thing is that God loves you so much and sent his Holy Spirit to help you through each day. When we consciously rely on the Spirit’s help, God strengthens and holds us. One thing is for sure I cannot do without the Holy Spirit’s workings in my life.
I refer to Romans chapter 15: 13 which reads.. ‘the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace in believing, and that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. ‘
The power of the Holy Spirit manifests in three ways.
One – the outward and visible display of power.
Two – the inward and spiritual manifestation of power.
Third – the Holy Spirit’s work and power in the future.
I pray the Lord will speak to your heart of his love during Lent.
A LENT PRAYER
Lord God, you who breathed the spirit of life within me. Draw out of me the light and life you created. Help me to find my way back to you. Help me to use my life to reflect your glory and to serve others as your son Jesus did. AMEN
Please read the gifts in Isaiah 11:2-3 –here
Wisdom: Also, the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on a deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth and being able to see the whole image of God. We see God as our Father and other people with dignity. Lastly, being able to see God in everyone and everything everywhere.
Understanding: The gift of understanding, helps us to comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live. The gift of understanding perfects a person’s speculative reason in the apprehension of truth. It is the gift whereby self-evident principles are known.
Counsel (Right Judgment): With the gift of counsel/correct judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong and choose to do what is right. A person with the proper judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Jesus. The gift of truth allows the person to respond prudently and be happy to believe in our Christ the Lord.
Fortitude (Courage): With the gift of fortitude/courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risks as a follower of Jesus Christ. A courageous person is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death. The gift of courage allows people the firmness of mind required both in doing good and enduring evil, just like Joan of Arc did.
Knowledge: With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God for us each day. The gift of knowledge is more than an accumulation of facts. It knows God himself and his will.
Piety (Reverence): With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we deeply respect God and the church. A person with reverence recognizes a total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love. Piety is the gift given at the Holy Spirit’s instigation. We pay worship and duty to God as our Father.
Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe): With the gift of fear of the Lord, we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love. This gift is described by Aquinas as a fear of separating oneself from God. He describes the gift as a “filial fear,” like a child’s fear of offending his father, rather than a “servile fear,” a fear of punishment.
Also known as knowing God is all-powerful. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 1:7) because it puts our mindset in its correct location concerning God: we are finite, dependent creatures, and He is the infinite, all-powerful Creator.
The important thing is that God loves you so much that he not only provides your salvation through Christ, but provides gifts for you to live a happy and meaningful life.
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