Experience the Wind
How do I relate to the Holy Spirit?
Experience a person-to-person relationship with God
Having a personal relationship with God is everyone’s birthright. We're not talking about the God of your imagination (who often resembles you!). We’re talking about the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lived, died, rose again and sent us his own Spirit to be with us until this time of redemption comes to an end. God began this awesome new relationship, we receive it and keep in step with Jesus. Even our stumbling, forward movement counts!
Peter (the lead disciple of Jesus) wrote a letter to new followers taking first steps in the Spirit. This is what he told them:
📖 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good (1 Peter 2:2).
See your craving, expect the growth, taste and see that the Lord is good. Jesus has opened up a person-to-person relationship with God Jesus for you!
When we accept the gift of eternal life from Jesus, it is never-ending. Our Spirit-to-spirit, Parent-to-child relationship with God is full of energy for overcoming evil with good. Peter goes on to say:
📖 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ….But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10).
Learn to feel and interpret your spiritual feelings
Everyone has spiritual experiences that they explain with their typical way of thinking. Quite a few people follow their cravings into their spiritual awareness and try to develop that deeper part of their lives. Too few enter into the center where they experience their capacity to relate to the Holy Spirit. We hope this page is help you go toward the deep places of you where God can meet you.
Jesus told Nicodemus,
📖 “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).
Our capacity to relate to God has been broken and blunted. We need to learn to feel: hear, love, heal, with our renewed senses.
Discover motivation from a new center
We would not lie to you; life with God is not that easy. It comes up against opposition from our unredeemed habits, our unbelieving social systems and the mysterious spiritual forces that seek to keep us under their power. Jesus told his disciples,
📖 “Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you “When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned” (John 16:7-11).
Under the influence of the Spirit, we gain the capacity to see ourselves and the world in a new way. What we thought about good and evil has a new source: Jesus, who asks and answers the question with which we must deal.
Act out of your new connection
Paul wrote this great prayer to the church in Ephesus that is a good model for everyone taking first steps of faith:
📖 “I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:14-21).
We have confidence to talk to God in prayer and expect a response. We have confidence to gain strength for a life of faith and so be healed and helped. We have confidence to take our stand among God’s people. We have confidence to do what Jesus does in his hope to redeem the world and spread love and goodness to everyone.
Practical first steps to take
How do I develop new spiritual habits and capacity?
1. Use Circle of Hope Daily Prayer :: WIND
We care so much about people who are daring to take their first steps in the Spirit we have spent years collecting materials to guide their prayer and educate their senses. We have come up with a one-year prayer, meditation and Bible study guide. It changes slightly every year, but is designed to be a consistent resource one can revisit again and again. In it you'll find seasons of Bible exploration, a day each for all of Circle of Hope’s proverbs, old and new, practical guidance from favorite books and much more.
2. Receive the Gifts for Growing
We lay out a path from here to there in faith each year and provide resources for people making their way in deeper faith, hope and love. We call these resources “gifts for growing” since someone among us has given them as a gift to help us come to our fullness. These following offerings for 2018/19 especially relate to everyone feeling the wind of the Spirit and take first steps into their fullness:
- Ask Me Anything
- Online Dialogue on Saying Yes to God
- Seminarian's Cohort
- New Testament Overview Day Retreat
- Marriage Workshop
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