~Moving Toward Joy~ (Part 3)

“Scripture doesn’t lay every possible option out in black and white. As a rule follower, I have definitely faced situations where I would have loved nothing more than a handbook that spelled it all out. Then again, the Pharisees and Sadducees had exactly that, and it didn’t work out very well for them.” (Pg. 199)

For the past couple of weeks we have been talking about choices. This week we are going to talk about the one that helps us with all of our decisions and choices.

In Exodus the Israelites followed the Lord God (literally) out of Egypt. The presence of the Lord filled their Holy Temple as a cloud during the day and a light at night.

But when Jesus came, the Temple that the Spirit of the Lord dwelled in changed. The Spirit of God guides us, that is why His Spirit filled the Temples of old. So that we His people had a place to go and worship Him and to just talk to Him.

But Jesus changed that. We go to church to learn about Him and to worship Him, to be around other believers. But when Jesus died for us and then rose again, it made way for the Holy Spirit to come and fill the hearts of those of us who believe.

We may not have a handbook but we do have the Holy Spirit to guide us in all of our choices and decisions. We can take it all to Him. He can handle all that we bring to Him so much better than anyone else. No matter what He is always there for you guiding you through the maze of life.

He helps us to heal and make choices that will bring healing to our hearts, minds, spirits, and bodies. He also helps us when making choices that will impact others. The more we heal the more we will be able to do to help others.

“As you mend, you will discover that you move from needing help to giving it. God will use your story, with the help of the Advocate, to come alongside those who are still a work in progress.” (Pg. 202)

So what we learned today is that the Holy Spirit is here to guide us, to help us in making choices, and that He is always there for us. The Holy Spirit is God Spirit. God says that He will never leave us nor forsake us. So that means if the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit, He will always be with us also.

So I challenge you this week. When in prayer I challenge you to stop and listen. He may have something that He wants you to know. But how will you hear it, if we don’t let Him speak to us? 🙂

(The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller. Chapter 9 Pages 199 and 202 underlined)

~Till Tomorrow~

~Jen~

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