“…And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessings in your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.” (Isaiah 44:3b-4 NLT)
It is one thing to believe in Jesus, and a whole different thing to believe Jesus—who He says He is, who He says we are, and what He promises to do. Walking daily with the Lord, it can be easy at times to forget about His promises and the abundant life that is our reality. It is for this reason that I am so thankful for the Word of God as our source of truth and life and the promise that we are never walking on this earth alone; the Holy Spirit has been poured out onto us.
We have received parakletos: our Comforter, Counselor, and Advocate. God sent His Spirit to teach us and remind us of His incredible promises as we walk throughout life (John 14:26). We are identified as Christ’s children through this deposit of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is God’s guarantee of the inheritance and redemption that is to come (Ephesians 1:13-14).
I put my faith in Jesus when I was 18 in a college dorm room after hearing the Gospel for the very first time. Since then, I have seen the incredible work and transformation of Jesus in my own life and in the lives of those around me. Yet, there are many days when I feel as though I’m at it alone, striving so hard to attain success and prove my worth, and then left feeling burnt out and broken, wondering where the Lord is in all of this.
But through His word, I know that even when I feel like a dry and barren wasteland, I can choose to believe what Jesus says is true: that my fields are irrigated and flooded with life. Despite how we might feel, we are not forsaken or abandoned or left for dead. His Spirit gives us life and allows us to thrive like watered grass and willows on a river bank (Isaiah 44:4).
The Advocate has come; His Spirit is upon us; we are full, we have life. Drink it in.
- What areas of your life are you struggling to believe Jesus and the promises He has made to you? What would it look like to fully trust in Him in that area?
- When have you experienced the quenching and flooding experience of the Holy Spirit? What would it look like to live out of this reality more?
written by Angg Tucker