September 17, 2019
To them God has chosen to make known . . . the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
Over the past two years loneliness has knocked on my door. After forty-nine years of marriage, I had just begun adjusting to the new normal of widowhood when my beloved father moved to Heaven. Six months after his funeral, I was diagnosed with breast cancer that involved surgery, chemotherapy and radiation that meant months at home, sidelined from ministry. Yet only a sovereign God could have arranged my life’s events so that they coincided with the writing of my new book on the Holy Spirit, Jesus In Me. I have truly experienced in a very fresh, personal way His constant companionship.
My experience has confirmed in a fresh way that the Holy Spirit is not a magic genie, a flame of fire, a dove, or an ecstatic feeling. He is not an optional extra in the Christian life…He is a divine necessity. He is One who prays for me, guides me, comforts me, loves me, and will never leave me. I could not have made it through the past few years without Him.
At a time when 22% of Americans feel left out, isolated, and alone; when loneliness has been described as an epidemic among millennials, I yearn to introduce the Holy Spirit to those who have not heard of Him, or who have heard of Him, yet don’t really know Him. When Jesus promised not to leave us alone like orphans, He was promising the divine antidote to loneliness—the Holy Spirit.
If you, or someone you know, have ever felt lonely…or unloved…or have felt no one truly understands…then please accept this invitation to pre-order my book, Jesus in Me. As part of our online community, we pray that you will take this opportunity to discover the Holy Spirit by personal experience as One who loves you, understands you, and is your constant companion.
With gratitude and every blessing.
Pray with me for a moment.
So Father in Heaven we worship you as one who is light. You have revealed yourself to us through the pages of our Bible and through the Lord Jesus Christ. And we thank you for the dear Holy Spirit whom you sent down in Jesus name… who would open our minds to understand the Scriptures and to understand the things of God. So we ask now your blessing on this book as it goes forth. I pray your blessing on each one who reads it that they would take it to heart, that they would come to know you in a fresh way, that they would learn to rely on you and depend on you and embrace you in the Person of the Holy Spirit as they never have before. Thank you that you have not left us like orphans but you have given us the Holy Spirit to be a constant companion. And we pray these things for your blessing in the name of Jesus and for His glory. Amen.
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