Y’all I spent my Saturday night at Recharge, women’s night of worship at Watermark Community Church, with hundreds of other females praising the Lord! Let me tell you, I would willingly spend every Saturday night doing that! Especially if they had the Donut Holes on Sticks again! We worshiped, we sang, and we were SOOO encouraged.
I mean what is more powerful than hundreds of women praising the Lord together?! The songs were led by women, the message was read by a woman, IT WAS ALL STRONG WOMEN and it truly was so special to worship the Lord alongside them all!
The message was icing on the cake! Focused on the Holy Spirit and the extreme relationship, as believers, we have with God through the Holy Spirit!
In John 16:7 Jesus says “Nevertheless, 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 himself tells us that the Holy Spirit is better to us than he is! Jesus knows that he can only in be in one place yet the Holy Spirit can be everywhere, in everyone who has accepted Christ! Like take a minute to soak that in – the Holy Spirit is EVERYWHERE!
In addition to reminding us how crucial the Holy Spirit is to our relationship with God, Nika ( Director of Women’s Equipping and Curriculum at Watermark) also taught about how the Holy Spirit works within us. She stated that the Holy Spirit…….
1. He dwells in us – 1 Corinthians: 6:20
She perfectly summed this up by saying that when we are lonely our friends/family/spouse/dog/sin/etc. acts as NyQuil. They are able to manage our symptoms. Yet God is within you in form of the Holy Spirit – you are never alone! He fills those voids forever!
God searched the world for where he wanted himself to be and he chose within YOU!!!!
2. He gives you gifts – 1 Corinthians 12:6
The Holy Spirit intentionally gave you certain gifts. He has a plan for those gifts to be used for the good of the church. Look at it like a paint by numbers – if there is one square that is missing that will be all you notice. There could be pretty coloring however that one area that has failed to be painted would be an eye catcher. The same applies to your gift, if you don’t use them the church will be missing a crucial piece!
YOU ARE MISSION CRITICAL TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
Your gifts matter, you are valuable!
3. He seals it for the day of Judgement – I Corinthians 13:10, 12
This is the part that I’m still so in awww of. If you are like me – you never saw the Holy Spirit like this, but boy is it life changing!
God already bought you with the blood of Jesus Christ – the Holy Spirit is A promise that God is with you until he comes again. In the meantime we have the Holy Spirit as our engagement ring. This ring symbolizes that we are waiting to be married with Christ on the day of his return. He would never break off the engagement, ask for a refund or say he does not want you anymore.
No matter what he will never take back the Holy Spirit, once you have accepted God into your life – you have the Holy Spirit until his return!!!
At your worst God still says YOU ARE MINE! When you feel lonely, worthless, fearful, rejected…..he still declares MINE!
I hope these words and thoughts are as encouraging to you as they were to me! I hope you feel recharged! God loves you, and desires a relationship with you!! WE ARE SAVED FRIENDS!