The Ghost living in you is hungry.

Last Sunday, as I was teaching on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer (click here to watch the message), I used the illustration of …What if the person of Jonathan Howes lived in you? (Now, we obviously know this is NOT possible and I am NOT claiming to be God, have supernatural powers, or be a spirit ghost.  So, please don’t call me a heretic or pick up stones to end my life.  This is just an illustration.)   If I was living in you, then you would crave Cajun food.  And if you really wanted to make me happy, then you would have a big crawfish boil.  I have a pretty big appetite and can usually put down around 20 pounds of crawfish by myself.  And yes, I do suck the head but that has nothing to do with my illustration.

Well, the Ghost (Holy Spirit), living in you has a huge spiritual appetite.  And the more you feed Him, the fuller He gets in your life. (I will talk more about the filling of the Holy Spirit in a couple of weeks.)  So, how to do you feed the Spirit of God in you?

Here are a few verses “to chew on”:

1.  Do God’s will

““My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34

2. Hunger for God’s word

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:2-3

3. Work for God’s kingdom

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” John 6:27

Would you like to add anything?

How do you make sure God’s spirit in you is “full”?

PS Rick Warren would be proud of my “w” alliteration above: will, word, work.

4 replies »

  1. Well, since you asked -and I hope it’s not too much of a stretch, I would suggest adding a 4th “w”: ‘where’.

    Jesus writes to the Church in Ephesus in Revelation 2: “you have left your first love” (v4). Since Jesus seems to acknowledge that they did do a lot of stuff (v2-3), I would guess that they were exceeding in ‘works’ or perhaps ‘walking in the flesh’ but lacking in ‘spirit’.

    Jesus’ remedy to this problem in v5: “Remember the height from which you have fallen” NIV84; “Look how far you have fallen” NLT; “…keep in mind where you were at first” BBE; Remember who you were before He changed you, remember, remember what He has forgiven you, remember where you where going to, remember where you were when He saved you.

    • Good stuff Luis. Knowing you, I thought you would have added “worship” as another w. A great time of worship really gets me focused on the things of God.

  2. Totally believing in Hebrews 13:2
    Never be afraid to be kind to strangers for some who have done this have entertained angels unawares.
    I give the Holy Spirit free reign in my life as I work as a Nurse. I make it a habit to pray before every shift for the Lord to give me an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life that night. More often than not that opportunity presents itself in the normal care of my patients and families. I make myself available as the catalyst for the Holy Spirit to work through me. I had glorious examples in my Grandparents Bridwell on how to live your life in the Holy Spirit and always make yourself available for Him to work through you.
    To God be the Glory in All Things.
    When I was saved at the age of 9, my Grandmother Bridwell was sick at home in bed. They lived across the street from the church and I ran over there and announced to her that I had accepted Christ that night at church and she told me she already knew because the Holy Spirit had already revealed it to her. I was confused until years later when I was confused and doubted my conversion when she reminded me of this fact. I have never doubted again and firmly believe in the Works of the Holy Spirit.

  3. After loosing my job on feb 28 after working for 12 years at the same company then loosing my dog on thurs. I really felt the Holy spirit in me on Sunday!! Thank for te message. Next week I will bring a box of tissue!!

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