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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 29, 2010 - The Holy Spirit, Our Guide

By Ken Horn

In Acts 15, Christian leaders were debating issues raised by the flood of new Gentile believers who were joining the church.

The Jerusalem Council prefaced their decision with these words: “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us….” Here is an early pattern for Christian living. When Christians make important decisions, they must make them based upon, first of all, what seems good to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is our Guide. “When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13, NIV).

His guidance is available to every believer. It is God’s desire that we be able to hear His voice. Then we can say with confidence, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit is not a distant third in the Trinity. He is the One who was given specifically to the church when Jesus ascended into heaven. He is the other Comforter that Jesus promised. Our relationship with Him should be close and intense.

Once as I approached the freeway off-ramp prior to the one I intended to take, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, “Take this one.”

I practically swerved to make the early exit, not knowing why I was doing it. Until I rounded the curve. There on the shoulder was a young couple with a broken-down vehicle. As I helped them get back on their way, I talked to them about the Lord. I learned they were backslidden youngsters who had been raised in the Assemblies of God.

Before we parted, they promised me they’d be back in church that Sunday. The Holy Spirit had given clear direction, and confirmed it.

The Holy Spirit’s guidance is available for large things and for small, for longstanding difficulties and spontaneous needs. It is important that we live with spiritual ears attuned to His voice.

Pentecost Sunday recognizes the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is reassuring to know He is not a mysterious force; He is a close Friend who will guide our lives on the right paths.

— Ken Horn is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Snapshots.



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