A Daily Filling of the Spirit
By: Laura Schmeltekopf
I had heard about the Holy Spirit my entire life, but it was not until in my thirties that I understood His daily, real life power, and began dusting Him off like an old piece of furniture, and discovered the Treasure that dwelled within me. I remember the season in my life like it was yesterday. I was in a Bible Study with other young mother’s, and it was Pricilla Shirer’s, Discerning the Voice of God. It was then that I realized that I had the POWER of the UNIVERSE dwelling with my very body. It was like realizing I was Clark Kent, and didn’t have to run into a phone booth to transform into super human strength, but it was a billion times better because that SUPERNATURAL POWER dwelled in my heart all the time! There was no on/off switch, He was prepared to be “on” all the time, but it sadly, is us, who would switch Him off, cover Him up, and tune Him out.
In John 16:7 Jesus told His disciples, “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. But if I go, I will send him to you.” Jesus knows us, He knows our need, and from the beginning it was ordained that we, those who believe, would always be cared for. God saw our need and knew we needed a Savior, so He invaded our planet in human form. Fully God and fully man, Christ came because He knew we needed a physical intervention with the divine. Our sin had written our destiny, and it was one of eternal death. We were blind, we were deaf, we couldn’t see that we needed a once and for all sacrifice, but God did! Jesus came, showed us what love looked like, and willingly let His precious blood spill out His life. Then on day 3, death lost! Our fate had been conquered and changed for all eternity. Our lives had a new address and it was in the Kingdom of Heaven. Our darkness was gone, but the Good Shepherd knew His sheep would need help, and light to guide us on our path. He told His disciples prior to all this of what was to come. He knew they would feel so many things, so he revealed the Helper that was to come. In John 14, Jesus says that the Helper would be with them forever. He went on to say that the Helper, the Holy Spirit would teach them. In John 16, Jesus says the Holy Spirit will guide them, and will glorify Him. Jesus said all those things to His disciples because He knew He wasn’t going to be with them much longer. He knew that they were going to be afraid, and His sheep were going to need someone to help them navigate life, so He told them that the Holy Spirit, His spirit, would ALWAYS be with them, and peace could reign in their lives.
I had this tested in my life recently. I had to speak at a women’s gathering a couple of weeks ago. It was an actual dream come true. The Lord had put my city, Waco on my heart about 4 years ago, and had given me a clear image of women of all ages, and from all walks of life, just worshipping Him. This vision came to fruition, and I had to speak at the first gathering. I just remember preparing and praying to the Holy Spirit to speak! Just put on my heart what you want the women who were coming that night to hear. I knew all that had unfolded was NOT because of anything I had done, but what God had put in motion. I needed to hear from the Helper, the Teacher, the Guide, what I was to say to bring glory to the One who had brought us all together. My hands were open, and my heart was patient, and He delivered. He gave me the words to say, but even more, He gave me a peace in the waiting. I had peace because I knew He would come through. He gave me an indescribable peace that was supernatural, and NOTHING I could have mustered.
He promised that to His disciples, and to all of us, as well. Peace and joy already abide in our very heart and soul, our action must be to tap into it daily. Honestly, I am not always successful, but all glory to God, I am learning to listen faster. I catch myself in worry or in panic mode, and call on His name. At that point, I am able to look at the situation, and give it to Him, ask Him for guidance and direction, and try to rest in what He is teaching my heart. I have gotten so desperate that I call out His name, and pray for Him to just speak to my heart all day. I know that I am a sheep easily distracted, so my act of calling out His name is my reminder that I am not alone, and if I rest in Him, peace gets restored even though circumstances may not be great, and I can feel a deep joy that I know only comes from Jesus. The Holy Spirit is our gift. We must receive Him daily, and rely His power to live our lives pointing others to Jesus.