Run Before The Wind OLS — Week One

Do you need to know the truth today that you are never alone?

Can you use the comfort that you always have help?

When you read the words of Jesus in John 14-16 you realize that He has given us the marvelous gift of the Holy Spirit who is our Comforter, Helper, and Counselor.

I think it’s incredibly encouraging to know that Jesus is with us always, through the indwelling Holy Spirit.

This truth is something we know now, but we grow deeper in that knowing as we walk with Jesus through the seasons of our lives.

In Week One of Run Before The Wind, we looked at how we experience life — real life. We saw that we are in a truly intimate and real relationship with Jesus Christ through the magnificent gift of the Holy Spirit who is given to us when we are born again.

I sensed a deeper intimacy with the Lord as I thought about how He is always with me and never expects me to go it alone in life. He never dreams of me figuring things out. No. He has a plan and He intends to accomplish it in His power and strength through the Holy Spirit. What a comfort and a joy when we truly realize what this means for us in life.

There were so many great quotes and excerpts but my favorite this week was from Spurgeon —

Is His presence recognized as it ought to be? We cannot control His working: He is most sovereign in all His operations, but are we sufficiently anxious to obtain His help…without Him we can do nothing, but by His almighty energy the most extraordinary results can be produced…Do we always look up to Him both for our inner life and our outward service with the respectful dependence which is fitting?
Charles Spurgeon in Morning and Evening

Spurgeon’s words were like a searching light in my heart this week. Do I have respectful dependence upon the Lord? Do I really trust Him. He is “most sovereign in all His operations.” Am I anxious to obtain His help? Such great questions for servants of the Lord.

I was moved to deeper prayer this week. Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. Fill me with Your Spirit Lord. Revive my heart O Lord.

I loved the example of Samuel Rutherford who was “the man who lived so close to the Savior’s heart.” I want to be the woman who lives so close to the Savior’s heart. It’s a moment by moment radical intimacy with the Lord.

My favorite part of Scripture this week in our study was John 15, especially verse 4 where Jesus says “Remain in Me and I will remain in you.” We must never imagine that we live life by ourselves. We are in Him and He is in us. To God be the glory.

Finally, the words of A.B. Simpson were incredibly powerful —

When the soul truly converted to God yields itself wholly to His control and becomes the living temple of the Almighty Spirit, who henceforth dwells in it, and walks in it, giving it, not only a new nature, which it received in regeneration, but Himself, a Divine Guest, a Presence, to dwell in that new nature as its controlling guide and almighty strength…it is not we who live, but Christ who liveth in us, and we draw from Him, through the Holy Ghost, every moment, life, and health, and joy, and peace…He is the very element of our new existence: before us, behind us, above us, beneath us, within us, beyond us; we are buried in Him, lost in Him, encompassed by Him as by the air we breathe…
A.B. Simpson

Oh, just live in those words awhile and let their truth sink deep, deep into your heart and soul. These are powerful truths for us to help us set the sails of our lives so that we can run before the wind of the Holy Spirit.

Dear friend, what a journey we have in the days and weeks to come in Run Before The Wind. This is only the beginning. As I shared before — I need every verse, every quote and book excerpt, every prayer, and the time to think and study what it means to enjoy life in the Spirit. I look forward to living in the book of Acts and other areas of Scripture in this study.

Again, by way of reminder, your quiet time is very important throughout our time together. I encourage you to set aside a time, find a quiet place, and then enjoy the experience of The PRAYER Quiet Time Plan in Run Before The Wind — Prepare Your Heart, Read and Study God’s Word, Adore God In Prayer, Yield Yourself To God, Enjoy His Presence, and Rest In His Love. Choose a Bible translation that is easy for you to understand. Some of my favorites are the New American Standard Bible (Updated Edition), the New Living Translation, the New International Version, the Holman Christian Standard Bible, The New King James Bible, and the English Standard Version. Every morning you want to sit with the Lord, open His Word, and do a day of study in Run Before The Wind. The study is filled with prayers, hymns, devotional Bible study, excerpts from classic devotional books, and more. Oh how exciting our quiet time will be as we sit with the Lord every day.

Dear friend, what an adventure we have ahead of us! May we all run before the wind and experience real and abundant life — life in the Spirit!

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Your assignment this next week is to study Week 2, Days 1-7, Power In The Spirit from Run Before The Wind — Truths from Acts to Enjoy Life in the Spirit At the end of Week Two, you may also want to enjoy the companion Week Two message for Run Before The Wind (Viewer Guide, pp73-74) — Why I Love The Book Of Acts – Digital M4V Video or Why I Love The Book Of Acts – Digital MP3 Audio. In second week of study we are going to embark on our study in the book of Acts. We will live in Acts 1:8 and discover what these words of Jesus mean and how important they are in this great adventure we have before us to “run before the wind” of the Holy Spirit. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

Take some time now to pray through the words of this prayer from The Valley Of Vision to prepare our hearts as we continue to study God’s Word together in Run Before The Wind

LORD JESUS,
I am blind, be thou my light,
ignorant, be thou my wisdom,
self-willed, be thou my mind.
Open my ear to grasp quickly thy Spirit’s voice,
and delightfully run after his beckoning hand;
Melt my conscience that no hardness remain,
make it alive to evil’s slightest touch;
When Satan approaches may I flee to thy wounds,
and there cease to tremble at all alarms.
Be my good shepherd to lead me into the green pastures of thy Word,
and cause me to lie down beside the rivers of its comforts.
Fill me with peace, that no disquieting worldly gales
may ruffle the calm surface of my soul.
Thy cross was upraised to be my refuge,
Thy blood streamed forth to wash me clean,
Thy death occurred to give me a surety,
Thy name is my property to save me,
By thee all heaven is poured into my heart,
but it is too narrow to comprehend thy love.
I was a stranger, an outcast, a slave, a rebel,
but thy cross has brought me near,
has softened my heart,
has made me thy Father’s child,
has admitted me to thy family,
has made me joint-heir with thyself.
O that I may love thee as thou lovest me,
that I may walk worthy of thee, my Lord,
that I may reflect the image of heaven’s first-born.
May I always see thy beauty with the clear eye of faith,
and feel the power of thy Spirit in my heart,
for unless he move mightily in me,
no inward fire will be kindled.
A Prayer from The Valley Of Vision

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

As we have taken a journey through the promises from Jesus about the Holy Spirit, share your own thoughts on one or more of these questions. Of everything you learned about the Holy Spirit, what was your favorite truth? How do you need the Holy Spirit today? How were you impressed to respond to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life this week? How did the study of the Spirit this week impact your intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus? And finally, was there a favorite verse or quote that was significant for you this week?
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