a blog from our pastors and staff
We are getting ready for Spirit Week at Hillside Wesleyan Church. From Monday, Feb 3 through Sunday, Feb 9, many of us will be trying to live a Spirit led life. There will be special opportunities at the Church on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 7 and we hope that people will come to at least one of them (see future posts for details).
What does it mean to be Spirit-led? Well, I don’t know exactly but that is what makes the task mysterious and fun. Part of being Spirit- led is living out the fundamentals of our faith. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” says Galatians 5:22-23. These are both the actions and the results of the Spirit-led life. With that as our foundation, we can now tune into some finer points of a Spirit-led life.
A Spirit-led person believes that God often speaks to him/her or nudges him/her to do certain things. While it can be difficult to discern if random thoughts are from God, it is worth learning what is from the Spirit and what isn’t. Remember the basics. If the nudge doesn’t exhibit love and the other fruits listed above, it is not from God. Being led by the Spirit is a process done best when one is not in a hurry, is able to carve out a place of stillness before God and is open to being interrupted. A person may need to be more flexible with their agenda. There are people out there that need our prayers, our help and our love. Live this week knowing God will prompt you towards them.
If you are open to this adventure, we would love to pray for you. We are keeping a list of people attempting to live the Spirit led life for a week. If you have not signed up, please do this before Feb 3. If you can’t come in and sign-up, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put your name down.
Blessings, Pastor Dan