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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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November 20, 2013 - So Help Me, God!

By Jerry D. Scott

An elder in our congregation took the words right out of my mouth when he said, "I want to experience the power and presence of the Spirit of God!" We were talking about the relative impotence of some church services, about gatherings in which believers too often go through the motions of worship but fail to engage with the life of God's Spirit. We wondered how it is people can be active "church-ians" and yet fail to truly love, forgive and serve?

Apparently this condition has existed since the first generation of Christians appeared. In the last letter he wrote, Paul warned Timothy about those Paul described as "having a form of godliness but denying its power" (2 Timothy 3:5, NIV).

A robust and living Christian experience is quite similar to marriage. It has moments when excitement and passion are primary, alongside of moments when love is expressed with quiet patience and perseverance.

Who wouldn't want to live each day of marriage with the same kind of emotional engagement that comes in the first months of the relationship? But, we recognize that is not possible. Our marital vows include "for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health." Our intimacy goes far beyond sentimentality.

Learning to love the Spirit includes a covenant that is not self-centered, but God-focused. Honestly, we will sometimes find Him enthralling and at other times wonder why He seems to have disappeared. He is a Person, not a program; a living Being, not a machine whose levers we control. We must not confuse a genuine Spirit-filled life with just feeling good.

We must hunger for God, pursue Him, and wait on Him. When Garry made his statement I quoted in the opening, I added that I too am desperate for the Spirit's move. But am I really? Or I am so full of religion I have no real appetite for loving God?

 

I thought I could never love Bev more than I did when I was an infatuated 19-year-old kid. Nearly 40 years later, it is apparent I knew next to nothing of love back then. Our ties now include parenting four kids into adulthood, surviving major surgery, holding on to each other when death visited our family, and leading two congregations as a team.

We have learned the language of love that allows us to send support across a crowded room when our eyes meet. We share our tears and our laughter. Our dreams are merged. In the best sense of the Genesis ideal, we complete each other.

 If we will love the Spirit with that kind of pursuing passion, He will lead us through experiences that rip away our pretensions, reveal our weaknesses, and hurt deeply. But He is no sadist. He just wants us to look past health, wealth and comfort. He wants to become one with us.

Jesus promised He would "ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — 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, NIV).

It takes courage and faith to abandon what we know to become the Spirit's friend. I want to know Him. So help me, God!

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

 

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