“I still have many things to say to you. But you cannot bear them now.” [John 16:12]

Proud as a peacock, our six year old granddaughter held out the trout that she had caught – three in all and her little face never shone more brightly.  Of course ‘nana’ was the one to clean the fish and Ava was not about to miss this next step in the sport of fishing.  “Can I help she said?”  Of course I replied.  “The first thing we do,” I said, “ is remove the tail, the gills and then we have to cut off the head”, thinking to myself cutting off the head will probably end this little teaching time.  But no, when the next one was in place and ready for capitation she wanted to be involved, and so with a little help of my hand on hers, off came the fish head!

As wonderful as the presence of the Holy Spirit is in our lives His direction will many times require the removal of what has been a significant ingredient of life.  We can say no – and go our own way, but the fact is He needs out cooperation.  He desires our participation.  These are the times of decision making and choices.  We are not robots and God does not have a cookie cutter of spiritual development.

God has much to say to each individual through His Holy Spirit!  To hear is to choose and to choose His way transforms our souls to become more like Jesus.  It is at this point we can depend upon what is written and the promises He has given in Christ they are Yea and Amen.

The ministry of the Spirit is Christo-centric.  The test of any professed movement of the Sprit whether in personal or corporate experience is the place it gives to Christ—J. Oswald Sanders

Further Reading:  Proverbs 8:4-6; Psalm 100; John 16:12-15; 2 Peter 1:1-4