Frost on the pumpkin, brr! With the beginning of the dreaded ‘furnace season’, my wife and I noticed that the air in our home was becoming dry. Not only is this bad for our health, but also it could cause our new hardwood flooring to dry out and allow cracks to form. So we purchased a new humidifier. Now our whole house feels moist and cozy.
As I filled one of the two water tanks, I was reminded of the scripture verse ‘be filled by the Holy Spirit' (Luke 1:15; Acts 2:4; Acts 9:17). And I realized that, just as I have to keep filling up these water tanks in order to keep our home feeling comfortable, so I need to be continually re-filled with the Holy Spirit. Just as my hardwood floor would dry out and becomes creaky without a constant input of moisture, so I can become dry and cranky without the continual presence of the Holy Spirit.
I don’t know about you, but I find life is a continual struggle. Some days are easy and the going is all downhill, but others are difficult and it’s a struggle just to keep moving forward. It is during the difficult days that I tend to become dry and cranky.
Despite his encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus, the Apostle Paul must have experienced similar struggles. In Romans chapter 7: 15, 19 he writes, I don't understand what I am doing. For I don't practice what I want to do, but instead do what I hate. … I don't do the good I want to do, but instead do the evil that I don't want to do. Paul’s solution to his problem was to stay focused on Christ and to be continually filled (topped-up) with the Holy Spirit. So if this worked for Paul, why not for us?
In my book Rise Up, I describe how I experienced being filled by the Holy Spirit and the amazing affect this has had on life. But, like Paul, a one-time experience is not enough; I need to be continually topped up in order to remain positive and energized during the difficult days. I do this by spending time with Him each day; praying, reading the Word of God and soaking/abiding in His presence. I pray that you also find ways to be filled daily with His presence.
If you are going through a dry spell now, can I suggest you check out the rest of my website and consider going on your own 40 Day Journey into the Heart of God.