Camp Venango for Jesus – July 2011 – Day 3
Theme: All things from God the Father, through God the Son, by God the Holy Spirit
Good Morning Camper!
Here’s the verse. Read it again…
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17
So God made us and gave us everything, and then he sent his Son to die for our sins, and then his Son (Jesus) asks him (GOD) to give us a Counselor, a helper, a Holy Spirit to be with us forever. Think about that. You have the Holy Spirit living in you – something non believers don’t have, can’t have, don’t understand. I mean they just don’t get it. But you, as a follower of Jesus, do!
Romans 5:5 ...God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. The Holy Spirit is sometimes pictured as fire. Can you feel fire burning in your soul? It’s a super fantastic amazing awesome glorious feeling when the fire of heavenly love is burning in your soul! (That’s borrowed from a hymn writer. “…The Holy Spirit came, all glory to His name! The fire of heavenly love is burning in my soul!”
And that's a fire you don't want to put out. In fact, here’s a great goal for the rest of your life: to live as if the Almighty, All powerful God lives in you; because He does if you asked Him to. And if that’s true, that HE lives in you, there will be a noticeable difference in YOU, right? You betcha!
Isaiah 6:3 tells us that God is holy, holy, holy. Matthew 5:48 says God is perfect. In John 8:12 Jesus calls himself the Light of the world, and in Matthew 5:14 he tells his followers that they are the light of the world. Then, in Acts 2:3, when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, there were tongues of fire – just like what John the Baptist was talking about when he told the disciples that when Jesus came he would baptize them with the fire of the Holy Spirit!
So, God is holy, Jesus is the light, the Holy Spirit is fire. So there’s your goal. Be perfect like God, full of light like Jesus, and on fire like the Holy Spirit. Any time you feel less than perfect – get more of God in your life! When darkness is overtaking you – get more Light, get more of Jesus in you! If life is dragging you down and you are bored and blah, spark it up! Call on the Holy Spirit, who is with you all the time – and get on fire!
Hey, it works for me, and it will work for you too.
Come into my heart in a way that makes me long to be like you: holy and perfect, full of light and love, a radiating fire that spreads the Good News. The world needs to know you. The world needs love and light and repentance and a Savior. Stir a fire in me so that I can reach out in love to those who are lost and tell them about you. I love you God. Amen.