Here in Florida, we get a visit around this time every year from the migrating birds. In fact, when we stepped out of our home yesterday, hundreds filled our yard, sat on our roof and made a mess of our cars leaving behind their not so welcome calling cards. They are attracted to fruit and the berries of the pesky Brazilian pepper tree which grows abundantly around here. Of course, they are also a harbinger of spring here in the sunshine state. They are beginning to make their slow migration northward but many will still be around until April. Its just that we seem to see them every year in January on Serenity Acres. Their presence is a sign that soon our trees will be budding once again. In the same way that the Robin announces that a change of seasons is about to come, the Holy Spirit enters our life as believers to bring about God's change in our lives.
|Brazilian Pepper Tree|
When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, He assists us in many different areas for without Him we could not have the renewed mind and heart of Christ. He acts as our guide and teaches to us all that we need to know and remember. Jesus said: "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you" (John 14:26). Isn't it good to know that when we forget or lose our way, the Holy Spirit is there to help us remember God's directives for our life? He helps us recall the Word, and guides us as we go. This is one big change for us in terms of our communication with God. The Holy Spirit is our hot line to heaven.
Another change which the Holy Spirit brings is the conviction of sin in our lives. Before we were believers, we sinned and never thought much about it. Now, however, if we transgress against the Lord, our hearts are pricked by the Spirit to repent and turn again to God. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he warns us to avoid sins and adds: "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption" (Ephesians 4:30). When we sin, we grieve the Spirit and our once stony hearts are aware of it because God has given us a new heart. It is like disappointing a parent whom we love. We know when we have let them down and we want to make amends. This is the picture of our new relationship with God and a change in our lives from the unconcerned, selfish person we once were to the heart tender believer we are today as the Spirit works this into our lives.
These changes brought about by the Holy Spirit truly make us a new person from the inside out. Our lives are now being transformed. As we read the Word, the Spirit is there to teach us. As we pray, the Spirit is there to intercede for us when we do not know what to say. As we interact with others, the Spirit is there to guard us, teach us what to say, and help us to glorify God. Unlike the beautiful red-breasted robins that come to visit us each year but move on, the Holy Spirit comes to stay when we give our lives to Christ. He is the harbinger of change, and the One who completes it in us. How great is our Lord to send us this Helper, Counselor, and Comforter. May we never forget to thank God for this precious gift of the Spirit who comes to make us more like Jesus. Selah!
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