Coco Calling No.250 - Being Inflated by the Spirit of God
A lot of humans ask me why I bother to write a weekly Christian blog; they think it must be very time-consuming and a bit of a weekly bind. ‘Why do it?’, they ask. ‘You could spend more time eating succulent chillies or learning to whistle a new tune.’ Indeed I could, but then I wouldn’t feel fulfilled.
You see, I write a Christian blog because I totally believe in God, Jesus and the Christian message. And when you believe in something as wonderful as that, you want to share it with others. Yes, I’m just a parrot with a great many faults. But I live my life with the presence of God inside me, and that changes everything! And I want others to know that. Because with the Holy Spirit inside me, I’m rather like an inflated tyre.
I can deal far better with the bumps and jolts of daily life. I have a drive and an energy which I could never discover anywhere else. And perhaps most importantly of all, I have an end destination in my sights; I know for sure that my worldly existence isn’t the only part to my life. There’s something far better a bit further down the road.
Of course, there’s always a risk of getting a puncture. Life events and the folk around us can hinder or spoil the journey that we’re on. And if we suddenly find that we’re bumping along hard ground, then it’s time to patch up the puncture and to re-inflate with the spirit. We may need to take a little time-out to do that; that’s why Vicars have their sabbaticals and spiritual breaks. Because it’s only when we are properly inflated by the Spirit of God that we are fully equipped to carry out his work here on Earth. And I want to be so full of the Holy Spirit, that if a mosquito bites me, it flies away singing God’s praises! Hallelujah!
“You have a God who hears you, the power of love behind you, the Holy Spirit within you, and all of heaven ahead of you.”
(Max Lucado:[1955-present]: American pastor, evangelist and best-selling Christian author)
“Were it not for the work of the Holy Spirit there would be no gospel, no faith, no church, and no Christianity in the world at all.”
(J.I. Packer: [1926-2020]: British-born Canadian evangelist, theologian and best-selling author)
“Without the Spirit of God
we can do nothing;
we are as ships without wind,
or chariots without steeds;
like branches without sap.
We are withered;
like coals without fire.
We are useless.”
(Charles Haddon Spurgeon: [1834-1892]:English Baptist preacher still referred to today as ‘The Prince of Preachers’)
“With the power of the Holy Spirit working in us, Jesus can do much more than anything we can ask or think.”
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you….”