Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Holy Spirit

Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday, the Birthday of the church. An online service can be found here, a transcript of the message here. The Church came into being through the action of the Holy Spirit who energized the disciples as they waited together in worship and prayer.

Before Pentecost, they were afraid and unsure of what to do. After Pentecost, they were bold and gave their lives to the proclaiming of the Good News of the gospel, that Christ had died, that Christ had Risen and new life was available to all who put their faith in Him.

The Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon once wrote “Without the Spirit of God we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind or chariots without steeds. Like branches without sap, we are withered. Like coals without fire, we are useless. As an offering without the sacrificial flame, we are unaccepted.”

Our direction and our energy are both dependent upon the action of God’s Spirit working in, through, and around our lives. Without the Holy Spirit, Christian life degenerates into a hard slog to attain unreachable ideals. Without the action of God’s Spirit inspiring us and renewing us, we maintain a graceless existence.

John’s gospel describes the Holy Spirit’s work as being “Living Water.” During the summer months, the temperature can rise and the health experts send out a message, “Stay hydrated!” If we feel our Christian life has become dry and lifeless, maybe we need to seek a Holy Ghost refreshing!

How do we do that? Through prayer. Through meditating on God’s Word. Through worship, be it in person or online. Through reminding ourselves that every day we live, we live in the shadow of an Almighty God whose love is for us in Jesus Christ.

As we continue to work through the crisis of trouble in our cities and the continuing shadow of the pandemic, we are not alone. God walks with us through the valley of the shadow.

For some music “Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God” by Keith and Kristyn Getty

Prayer: Lord, today we seek the refreshing wind of Your Holy Spirit to blow upon our lives. Remind us that our strength lies not in what we can achieve, but in what Your grace can do in us and through us. Fill us with Your Spirit this day. Amen.

The Reverend Adrian J. Pratt B.D.

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