Its been on my mind a lot in the past 24 hours. How many times a day do I ask God for something that I already have. When we ask Jesus to come into our lives, yes we have to do that, he brings us the ULTIMATE comforter, giver, lover, guide, teacher, and many other things, the HOLY SPIRIT. The HOLY SPIRIT has characteristics just like us! He gives many gifts,” 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b]11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. ” 1 Corin 12;7-11. These are the many things the HOLY SPIRIT gives us when he lives inside of us. We each get certain gifts that will help us.
I also think about the Fruits of the Spirit. I have grown up believing that I have to have each of these things in my life in order to live life the right way. These fruit are not actual fruits but they are LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE (LONG SUFFERING that’s a WHOLE different post) KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF CONTROL. I, along with many other people, find myself praying constantly, “God please give me patience,” God give me peace, and then we get mad when we dont get these things. My concern is that we are missing the BIG picture. The Holy Spirit gives us these things, and because He lives in US we too have these things. Too often we ask for things that we already have but dont take time to unquench the Holy Spirit and allow Him to take over that situation that we need one of those fruits from. We ask and ask and then get mad at God when He “doesnt show up” ?! We need to take the time and realize that we have these things in us. They LIVE IN US BECAUSE HE DOES! My prayer is that we realize how valuable the Holy Spirit is to us. We need to stop using the excuse that we didnt have patience, boldness, strength, love, gentleness, or anything else to do jobs that He has called us to, because if we take the time to get out of the way and allow the Holy Spirit to do His job then we would experience the peace, love, joy etc that He brings. By all means I do NOT believe it is wrong to ask God for help, but we need to realize with the help we want, we have to do something too, we HAVE to allow Him to take control.