God’s Love Poured into Our Hearts
This past Sunday was Pentecost Sunday on the Christian calendar. This reminds us how the Holy Spirit was poured out on the very new church. John the Baptist anticipated that day when he proclaimed “I have baptized you with water but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” This immersion by the Spirit is absolutely necessary if we are to experience the gifts of the Spirit, and its fruit flowing through us to the world. The gospel is intended to be transformational but, sadly, for many it is just theology. We tend to like theology because we can argue about who’s right and who’s wrong. It’s why we really have no intention of taking Jesus’ teaching seriously when it comes to loving our enemies, blessing those who curse us and praying for those who use us spitefully. We know our understanding of grace has become a theology when we are ungracious in the way we argue about it or defend it. This Pentecost season, let’s invite the Holy Spirit to fill us to the fullest and to root out and remove all that hinders the full expression of His life through us. We have amazingly wonderful promises available to us – life within us that transcends simply being right and instead transforms.
Romans 5:5 “and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
God’s love poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit is the promise of the New Covenant. It is the promise of Ezekiel 36:25-26 that He will remove our hearts of stone and give us hearts of flesh. This love not only transforms our lives but our neighbors’ lives. This love reaches out to our enemies and heals broken hearts. His life in us allows us to live an intimate relationship with Him. He wants to speak to you, guide you and fill you to the fullest. Don’t settle for Christianity as a religion where we argue and divide over doctrines. Let’s ask our Abba to work in us so we experience His transformation and then others can experience His love through us.
If you have missed the last few weeks because of all the rain and flooding you can pick up a CD in the foyers of the church or watch or listen on-line at http://faithbiblechurchtx.org/messagetypes/all-messages/
I’m praying and giving thanks to God for you. See you Sunday.
You are loved!