Resting in His Presence

In the start of this new series titled Holy Spirit, there is so much to unpack when it comes to the person of God. In listening to the message this week, I think of the words Pastor Phil shared:  "[The Holy Spirit] is not outdated, but is outstanding. He’s not expired, but exceptional.” For new believers within the church or even believers who have been in church for a while, can both see the Holy Spirit as weird, odd or complicated to understand. There have been many times within my own life, where I too felt like the Holy Spirit was too hard to comprehend, understand or grasp. The beautiful illustration given this weekend was how pneuma is interpreted to mean a "strong breeze" or a "blast of breath." Just as we will later see within the book of Acts and the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit certainly comes as a "strong breeze" and a "blast of breath."

In all of this, it is the Father who wants relationship with all of us. In order to be in right relationship He sent His son Jesus and through him, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit. God sent the Holy Spirit to us to help us abide in Him and to know Him more. It’s beautiful to think that, that’s all He’s ever been trying to do since Genesis was to abide with His creation. Whether it regards the tent(s) of meeting displayed in the Old Testament or when God revealed Himself through the burning bush to Moses. The Father wants to draw near to every single one of us and for us to surrender to whatever His will may be.

It says in John 15:4 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” Then in John 15:9 Jesus goes on to say, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” In the
midst of whatever season we may find ourselves in, remember to rest in His presence. Remember to give thanks to Him for all He’s done and is going to do. I can personally say that I’m thankful for all of what God is doing and has done in and through me. None of it would have been possible without the work and help of the Holy Spirit. I pray that as more people come to learn about the Holy Spirit in the coming weeks, that all will have a desire to draw near to God like they never have before. Even if you find yourself in a stressful season, where you’re saying ‘what if’ and ‘what next’, draw near to Him because in Him you will find resolution, rest and the revelation that you’re so deeply looking for.

by Samantha Copeland
Sam was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri but has called New Jersey home since 2016. She works in social work as a Case Manager and is pursuing her Masters of Divinity with Southeastern University in connection to Kingsway Leadership School. In her free time you can find her reading books, listening to podcasts, trying out different coffee shops, kayaking, or going on a hike. She is passionate about inner-city communities and finding ways for the church to serve families in own own backyard.

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