Do you want to dance? Day 3.

Have you started a Covid-19 journal yet? If not, start there. Go and order a fancy journal on Amazon if that would motivate you. I usually just grab an old notebook. Staple some loose paper together if that’s all you have. After this is all over, you will be glad you kept a journal during this time.

If you are just joining us, make sure you read yesterday’s post. Each day this week will build on each other.

We are in the midst of exploring the different roles of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is your helper.

“I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you.” John 16:7

I used a different translation of this verse in my blog post. The NIV bible uses the word “advocate” instead of “helper”. Other translations use the word “comforter” or “counselor”.

The original Greek word is ‘paraclete’, from the verb parakaleo, to call alongside.

Journal question:

Why do you think this word is translated differently in different versions of the bible?

The Holy Spirit gives hope.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13


I don’t know about you but I am struggling to find hope right now. Things are tough. But even in times of ease, true hope only comes by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Journal Question:

How do we tap into that hope?

More tomorrow,

Lisa

Do you want to dance? Day 2.

Have you started a Covid-19 journal yet? If not, start there. Go and order a fancy journal on Amazon if that would motivate you. I usually just grab an old notebook. Staple some loose paper together if that’s all you have. After this is all over, you will be glad you kept a journal during this time.

If you are just joining us, read yesterday’s post first. Each post this week builds on each other.

The Holy Spirit can be hard to understand. Yesterday I shared a few resources to help explain who the Holy Spirit is. The rest of this week we are going to focus on the different roles the Holy Spirit plays.

The Holy Spirit dwells in believers.

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in your midst.” 1 Corinthians 3:16

When we choose to follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes into our body, heart and mind. He dwells within us.

What does that mean to you?

The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin.

“And when he (Holy Spirit) comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement.” John 16:8 (ESV)

You know that gut feeling that you get when you do something wrong? That is the Holy Spirit.

More tomorrow,

Lisa

Do you want to dance. Day 1.

Have you started a Covid-19 journal yet? If not, start there. Go and order a fancy journal on Amazon if that would motivate you. I usually just grab an old notebook. Staple some loose paper together if that’s all you have. After this is all over, you will be glad you kept a journal during this time.

If you are just joining us, make sure you read yesterday’s post. Each day this week will build on each other.

This week we are going to take a closer look at what/who the Holy Spirit is and the unique roles that he plays.

It can be hard to understand what/who the Holy Spirit is. Because of that, today I am going to share a few good explanations I have found.

https://www.allaboutgod.com/holy-spirit.htm explains the Holy Spirit like this:

“The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. For many of us, this is a difficult concept to grasp. The Bible declares that there is only one living God, yet we learn from scripture that He comprises three separate personages. One way to partially visualize this concept is to examine the nature of water (H2O). Water is a single compound that can exist in three states – liquid, ice and vapor. An egg is another picture. It is comprised of the white, the yoke and the shell, yet it is still one egg. Of course, by no means do these examples paint a complete picture of our God, but they are illustrative of the fact that His three “persons” in no way invalidate His oneness.”

Check out this video on The Holy Spirit from the Gospel Project.

Check out this article on the Holy Spirit written by a teenager.

Who the heck is the Holy Spirit?

by Trenton Mattingly

Seriously, who the heck is the Holy Spirit? Most people have an idea about God the Father and God the Son, but not much of one when it comes to their more elusive partner in crime, the third person of the Holy Trinity: the Holy Spirit.

In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI even said, “The Holy Spirit has been in some ways the neglected person of the Blessed Trinity.” Think about it: When was the last time you thought of the Holy Spirit as something other than just a flaming dove who happens to show up from time- to- time in the Bible? If this is true for you, you should definitely keep reading to find out all the incredible things you’ve been missing out on!

To read the rest of his article click on the link: https://lifeteen.com/blog/heck-holy-spirit/

Hopefully one of these resources helped you understand who the Holy Spirit is. Tomorrow we are going to start exploring the different roles of the Holy Spirit.

More tomorrow,

Lisa

Do you want to dance? Covid Questions.

We are going to take a dramatic pivot this week. Instead of focusing on the ‘why’, we are going to spend a couple weeks talking about the ‘how’s. I don’t know about you, but I would love to know how to have peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). I would love to know how to consider it pure joy when I face trials of many kinds (James 1:2-4). I would love to know how to truly cast all my worries on the lord because he loves me (1 Peter 5:7). I would love to know how to have hope in the Lord (Psalm 71:14).

Those are nice ideas, but how do we do those things?

The Holy Spirit. 

Yup.

Before we get into the specific verses, we must recognize the role of the Holy Spirit in all of our ‘hows’.

I have become a bit obsessed with the role of the Holy Spirit these past couple years. I have followed Jesus my whole life. I have learned about, taught about and even prayed to the Holy Spirit for as long as I can remember. But only in the last couple years have I begun to understand the Holy Spirit’s purpose and power in my life today.

I came across John 16. 

Jesus, as he is speaking to his disciples in John 16:7, says “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate (Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” 

Okay, I have read this section of scripture tons of times in my life, how have I missed its significance? Jesus said it was better if he goes?!? Can you imagine what the disciples were feeling at this point? Why would Jesus say that?

Jesus uses several names when he references the Holy Spirit. In this context he is referring to the Holy Spirit as the Advocate. I looked up the word Advocate and the simple way to describe what it means is “One that walks alongside.” 

I started to see.

Jesus came to earth in human form. He submitted to the boundaries of a body. Jesus can only be in one place at a time. But the Holy Spirit is different. It is boundless. The Holy Spirit can be anywhere and everywhere, all the time. Jesus is saying to his disciples, it is better for me to go, because I am only one man – I can only be in one place. But if I go, I will send one who will walk alongside each one of you. I will send my spirit who has no bounds and who will live in you and alongside you, guiding you the whole way.

That is a powerful concept, one that demands our attention. Jesus said it was better for him to go. He has sent someone to walk alongside you. To live among you. He’s given you the Spirit of God, the one who came to make dry bones dance…sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let me explain.

There is a powerful story in Ezekiel about the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God. In Ezekiel 37 God gives Ezekiel a vision. In it, God sent Ezekiel to a valley that was full of dry bones and asked Ezekiel if the bones were alive. Being the smart man Ezekiel is, he replied with reverence, acknowledging that only God knows. God continued to talk to Ezekiel and told Ezekiel to tell the bones to come to life. God tells Ezekiel he would attach tendons and muscles. He will give the dry bones flesh and breath. Reluctantly I’m sure, Ezekiel repeated to the bones (Yup, I said it, Ezekiel was talking to the bones) what God had spoken to him. And to Ezekiel’s surprise, It happened. Tendons, muscles and flesh appeared. Skin covered the bones and they had breath. They stood up. They could dance. 

God gave Ezekiel this vision to share it to God’s people as a promise of restoration. 

A promise of what the Spirit of God can do.

He can make dry bones dance.

Ephesians 1:13 says “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” 

What that passage is saying is, once we choose to believe in Jesus, we are given the Holy Spirit. If you are following Jesus, the Holy Spirit is already walking alongside you. The Spirit of God that makes dry bones dance is with you. 

It’s only through the kind of power that makes dry bones dance that we are able to have peace that passess all understanding. Only the Holy Spirit enables us to have joy no matter how hard things become. Not until we tap into the Holy Spirit’s power are we able to bring all our worries to Jesus. It’s through the Holy Spirit that we have hope no matter how hopeless things may seem. 

The confusing piece is that while I have chosen to follow Jesus, I sure don’t possess all those qualities – how about you? I don’t feel peaceful most of the time. I have a hard time finding joy. I still worry a lot and especially right now I’m struggling to find hope. 

So how do we go from having access to those things, to possessing them?

It’s time to unleash the Holy Spirit. 

Stay tuned.

Lisa

This week I am going to be posting daily thoughts and journal prompts based on this post. Make sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss anything!

He is better. Day 6.

If you are just joining us, read this post first. Each post this week will build on one another.

Have you started a Covid-19 journal yet? If not, start there. Go and order a fancy journal on Amazon if that would motivate you. I usually just grab an old notebook. Staple some loose paper together if that’s all you have. After this is all over, you will be glad you kept a journal during this time.

In my post on Thursday I talked about how I came to a place where I realized Jesus is better than knowing the answer to my ‘why‘. Each day this week I encourage you to think through one of the ‘hows‘ I shared. Yesterday I encouraged you to find the good in the midst of your challenging circumstances.

As we wrap this week up, I want to remind you of a few things that I have said several times. Please remember that surrendering my ‘why‘ was not a one time experience. I personally had a significant, abrupt experience, but it was 16 years in the making. Also, since then, I am constantly surrendering my ‘why‘ and many other things to God daily.

So if you spent some time this week digging deeper into the ‘how’s‘ and you don’t feel like you have made a lot of progress. Keep pressing in, don’t give up. I promise it will be worth it!


Tomorrow I will post my next blog in the series, Covid Questions. We are going to take a dramatic pivot this week. Instead of focusing on the ‘why’, we are going to spend a couple weeks talking about the ‘how’s. I would love to know how to have peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). I would love to know how to consider it pure joy when I face trials of many kinds (James 1:2-4). I would love to know how to truly cast all my worries on the lord because he loves me (1 Peter 5:7).

Because there is more,

Lisa

He is better. Day 5.

If you are just joining us, read this post first. Each post this week will build on one another.

Have you started a Covid-19 journal yet? If not, start there. Go and order a fancy journal on Amazon if that would motivate you. I usually just grab an old notebook. Staple some loose paper together if that’s all you have. After this is all over, you will be glad you kept a journal during this time.

In my post on Thursday I talked about how I came to a place where I realized Jesus is better than knowing the answer to my ‘why‘. Each day this week I encourage you to think through one of the ‘how’s‘ I shared. Yesterday I challenged you to make a better than list. Today I want us to focus on this profound truth.

God will make good out of bad, we just have to look for it.

Over the last several years, I have found a lot of comfort in the simple truth that God makes good out of bad. Although I would love to avoid the pain altogether, it helps me to know that there is good on the other side of the struggle.

Romans 8:28 tells us….
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (NLT)

My encouragement to you today is to take some time to think about the good that has come from your hardships. Don’t forget the small things. You may want to take a fresh look at something bad that happened to you in the past that you are still struggling with. Or it may relate to our current situation, Covid-19. Regardless of the situation, take some time to look for the good in the midst of the bad. Don’t be surprised if after taking a closer look you find yourself one step closer to surrendering your ‘why‘.

More tomorrow,

Lisa

He is better. Day 4.

If you are just joining us, read this post first. Each post this week will build on one another.

Have you started a Covid-19 journal yet? If not, start there. Go and order a fancy journal on Amazon if that would motivate you. I usually just grab an old notebook. Staple some loose paper together if that’s all you have. After this is all over, you will be glad you kept a journal during this time.

In my post on Thursday I talked about how I came to a place where I realized Jesus is better than knowing the answer to my ‘why‘. Each day this week I encourage you to think through one of the ‘how’s‘ I shared. Yesterday I encouraged you ask yourself a few tough questions.

Today my challenge for you is to start a better than list.

Faith plays a huge piece in surrendering your ‘whys’, but there is also a bit of logic to consider. Is knowing ‘why’ better than freedom in Christ?

Make a list of reasons why surrendering your ‘why’ is better. 

More tomorrow,

Lisa