Don't Let The Spirit Vanish

Sunday, September 24, 2000

John 14:26 – But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you. (NIV)

Luke 11:13 – If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! (NIV)

While thumbing through a magazine recently, I came across these words above a picture of a white bear: "On the remote north-western coast of British Columbia, one in ten black bears is born a Spirit Bear. Today, their ancient rainforest habitat is threatened by clear-cut logging." The words below the picture really jumped out at me: "Don't let the Spirit vanish."

We, as Christians, have Jesus' Spirit living in us… don't let the Spirit vanish. Just as Jesus' followers were all filled with the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, we, too, can be filled with the Spirit… don't let the Spirit vanish. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes and enables us to understand God's word and accept the good news of the gospel… don't let the Spirit vanish. When the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives we are able to change… don't let the Spirit vanish. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control… don't let the Spirit vanish. By the power of the Holy Spirit we can be joyful in all circumstances… don't let the Spirit vanish.

Let us make the words of today's music our personal prayer today:

    Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
    Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
    Break me, mold me, fill me, use me.
    Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, fill us anew with Your Holy Spirit. May we be empowered to do Your will by Your Spirit living in us and may we never let the Spirit vanish! In Jesus' name. Amen.

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