Abiding with the Holy Spirit 15th April 2021 – Posted in: News, Opinion and blogs
With so much depressing information being circulated currently, many yearn to find a way of abiding with the Holy Spirit. For example, this morning I watched yet another video by yet another medical doctor explaining to his viewers in simple English why we should not take the experimental COVID-19 vaccine. It is seriously damming of the two main vaccine producers (Moderna and Pfizer) and in my opinion, rightly so. The gentleman concerned is not a vaccines expert per se, but explains what several vaccine experts have already explained publicly. But he has the ability to explain it in, what for me is, more simple language. I thank yet another long-serving health professional for putting his head above the parapet to tell us the truth. He probably knows his reputation will be trashed by those who have been paid to support the global narrative.
However, it made me realise that what we need in larger doses is encouragement that God is still in control. Indeed, abiding with the Holy Spirit is my deepest longing right now. Imagine my delight as my wife Michele came to the rescue with precision timing! Because just after I watched the video, she sent me a link to a short devotion. It was written by David Wilkerson (1931-2011). And it was published on the Christian website World Challenge Inc. The link to it is here, and I have reproduced it below verbatim.
ABIDING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
“The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth, He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.” (Psalm 46:1-7, 9)
What a marvelous word.
I’ve read this passage over and over, dozens of times, and I’m still overwhelmed by it. God’s Word to us here is so powerful, so immovable, he tells us, “Never again do you need to fear”. It doesn’t matter if the whole world is in turmoil. The earth may quake, the oceans may swell, the mountains may crumble into the sea. Things may be in complete chaos, a total uproar all around you.
Right now, the whole world is in a fearful time. Nations are trembling over terrorism, knowing no region is immune to the threats. Personal troubles and sufferings are mounting. Yet, in the midst of it all, Psalm 46 echoes to God’s people the world over: “I am in your midst. I am with you through it all. My people will not be destroyed or moved. I’m going to be an ever-present help to my church.”
God knows we all face deep needs; we all encounter turmoil, temptations, times of confusion that cause our souls to quake. His message for us in Psalm 46 is meant for just such times. He is saying that if we give in to fear, becoming downcast and full of despair, we’re living absolutely contrary to his reality in our lives.
It’s vital that you grasp what the Lord is telling us in this Psalm. Our God is available to us at any time, day or night. He’s continually at our right hand, willing to speak to us and to guide us. And he’s made this possible by giving us his Holy Spirit to abide in us. The Bible tells us that Christ himself is in us, and we are in him.
David Wilkerson (1931-2011).