TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Galatians 22-25
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Once in a while, we feel disconnected with God. He seems distant and we start to wonder what is wrong. We feel that our relationship to Him is only on the surface, and we want to dive into His deep water. To make it worse, we seem to be doing all the right things, and even our friends see us as perfect Christians.
It sounds as if what you are looking for is evidence of the Holy Spirit in your life. As son as you received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you received the Holy Spirit within you. The Spirit dwells inside you, and will do so permanently.
It may be possible that you have a barrier between you and the full experience of the Holy Spirit. The Bible promises what the fruit of the Spirit will give us: Galatians 22-25
Perhaps you haven’t fully turned your life to Jesus. Maybe you have some unconfessed sin. Approach him like the woman who anointed His feet. No doubt she wept because she felt the emotion of being in His presence, and the comparison of her own sin to His lack of sin. Open your heart to the one who already knows what’s in it. I John 1:9 tells us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Walking in the Spirit is a day-by-day thing. Often, life gets in the way of our relationship with Jesus. We push him to the back of the line, behind our schedules, jobs, and the millions of things we need to do. Try making Him a priority in your life. Paul commands us to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) This means to keep our thoughts and actions on God as we go about our daily lives.
If you want to see God, His holiness and your sin more clearly, read the Bible every day. One of the promises of the Holy Spirit is a greater understanding of the Word. “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)