L. A. Marzulli
John 14: 26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Christianity differs from any other religion on this planet because the believer is filled with the spirit of the living God.
The verse above gives us the mandate, told by Jesus, of what will happen to the believer when the Holy Spirit comes, He will teach us in all things.
When the Holy Spirit comes into a persons life it is life changing, as the Spirit of the Living God begins to instruct and teach us, all things. In some ways it is a mystery, because as believers we’re not perfect and continue to say and do things that create problems with those around us.
However, after 10 or 20 years, those who are perhaps closest to us and have been watching us, may begin to see changes that they can’t account for. These changes in our personalities are brought about, in many instances, slowly and can take years to accomplish as old habits die a slow death, but these changes in us do occur!
Our anger which used to control us, turns to long-suffering. Our striking out at those who have hurt us, instead forgives. Our sarcasm becomes words of encouragement. Our hatred turns to love. Human beings can’t do this on our own.
I know a man who was addicted to Crystal Meth for years, and while in a jail cell, awaiting sentencing for a variety of crimes, gave his life to the Lord, who healed him instantly of his addiction. When he went before the judge, the judge showed mercy and allowed this man to start a new life. He’s not perfect, but the Spirit of the Living God has begun a “work” in his life and he’s a new creature, as old things, old habits, old addictions have passed away. Miracle? You bet!
I used to smoke a lot of cigarettes before I became filled with the Spirit. One of the first things that happened to me, 33 years ago, was He took them from me. There was no withdrawal, He just took them away, as if to say, Son, you don’t need these any more as they will eventually kill you.
I also had one of the foulest mouths in the inverse and used the F-bomb pretty much every other word. Guess what, He cleaned this up in me to.
So how does this work? It is in some ways a mystery, as we can’t see The Holy Spirit, but for those of us who are born again, we know His voice. We heed his checks and warnings, we have learned to be obedient to his admonitions, as He teaches us in all things.
So it comes down to this. Do you know Him? Is He working in your life today? Have you been filled with the Spirit of the living God? If not, all you need to do is ask in a sincere way and He will come to you and dwell within you.
This is the “miracle” of Christianity and our friends, family, and the world at large don’t understand it.
The Indwelling of the Spirit of the Living God is what turned the ancient world upside down, and it’s what began a work in me 33 years ago. Thank you Jesus for the Holy Spirit!
All we need to do is ask Him, and He will come. Just ask and receive.