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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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March 21, 2011 - Your Best Friend

By Gary Rogers

Marvin was my very best friend. We lived next door to each other in a suburb of Tulsa, Okla. We were in the same grade and walked to school together every day. During the summer we practically lived in each other’s yard. Inside the house was off-limits from both of our mothers, so we spend all day outside creating and tearing up, fighting and making up. We had a great relationship. My parents moved when I was in the fourth grade, and I lost contact with Marvin. I heard he moved to New York and became a psychiatrist. Being my friend may have influenced that.

The Holy Spirit is the best Friend of every born-again Christian. In Jesus’ teaching, the Holy Spirit is called our "parakletos,” which translated from the Greek means “one called alongside to help.” As our Helper, the Holy Spirit never leaves us (John 14:16). He will help us to understand the difference between right and wrong (John 16:7-11). He will guide us in truth (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit is a very close Friend who helps every believer live victoriously for God.

We never spiritually outgrow our dependency upon the Holy Spirit’s friendship, but unfortunately, we might think that we do. Many new converts I’ve known were excited about church attendance, hungry to learn God’s Word, open in their worship, and anxious for an opportunity for God to use them. With time, their excitement about church dwindled, hunger for the Word diminished, and boredom for the things of God became obvious. How did this happen? The answer is simple. They stopped living with dependency upon the Holy Spirit. Rather than drawing closer to the Holy Spirit over time, they developed a faulty spiritual independence.

Over the years, Marvin and I grew apart. As adults we will never have the relationship we had as dirt-covered, fun-loving, little boys. But this must never happen with the Holy Spirit. The longer we live for Jesus, the more dependent we should become upon the Holy Spirit. As we listen to the Holy Spirit’s influence, He will always give a desire to be in God’s presence with His people. The Holy Spirit will increase your craving for God’s Word. The Holy Spirit will renew your passion for worship. The Holy Spirit, your best Friend, wants a relationship with you that will constantly grow over time.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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