Life at its best: Live close to Holy Spirit
July 1, 2011 at 2:01 a.m.
By Jim Graff
Everyone carries certain hopes in their heart. We all desire to experience God's protection and blessing, and we want our loved ones to experience them, as well. So, how do we get to that place of watching hopes turn into reality? By opening ourselves up to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Once He begins to work powerfully in our lives, the promises realized will far outweigh the problems faced.
Paul had a passion for believers to understand this truth, and it's obvious in his writings. In 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, he says, ".What no eye as seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived - the things God has prepared for those who love Him - these are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God." In other words, knowing God's plans for our life requires us to live close to the Holy Spirit, whom God promises will reveal those plans to us.
One man who discovered the importance of living close to the Holy Spirit was Sam Chadwick, a pastor living in England during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Chadwick started pastoring in his 20s, but after several years, he found that his ministry had remained ineffective in reaching people. Determined to find a solution to his problem, Chadwick began to seek God. Once he began studying his Bible, the reason for his ineffectiveness became clear: He wasn't treating the Holy Spirit right in his life.
From then on, he determined to live closer to the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to lead him both as a pastor and in his personal life. Almost immediately, his church began to grow, and it soon became the most prominent in all of England. Chadwick not only became the pastor of a large church, but he became a pastor of pastors, initiating a movement in which churches began to grow and lives began to be blessed - all because they understood what it meant to live by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In his later years, Chadwick often said, "Christianity is hopeless without the hope of the Holy Spirit." And I couldn't agree with that statement more. Living out God's plan for our lives doesn't just happen because we have an academic understanding of God; it takes us living close to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to lead us.
God is not a distant God. He cares about you and knows your future. After all, He is the one who planned it. So, if you feel like you're in the dark today, I encourage you to seek the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to reveal God's plan to you. Then, start taking action. I promise, the Holy Spirit has no problem doing His job and infusing your life with the protection and direction of God. As you begin to hear and follow His voice, those hopes God's placed in your heart will become a reality.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria, TX www.faithfamilyvictoria.com.