April Reflections

We’ve been really blessed over the past few weeks to see an increase in Holy Spirit activity within the church. Many people are encountering a new sense of God’s presence and are being stirred with hopes and dreams of what God might do in them and through them

One of the metaphors used for the Holy Spirit in the bible is fire. The apostle Paul encourages us not to “quench” the Spirit’s fire which is at work in our life (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Instead we are to “kindle” the activity of the Spirit, encouraging God’s work to burn bigger and brighter in our lives.

Imagine little fires of the Holy Spirit in your life – what would it take to kindle these and make them burn stronger? God may have placed in your heart a new hope, a new dream, a passion for change or transformation in your own life, or the life of others. How can you steward that flame?

· The first thing to do is to write down what you feel God has said to you. This means it won’t get lost in the busyness of life.

· The second thing to do is to make space in your life for God to breathe on this word. Bring it before Him, pray it back to Him, ask God to show you how to fan this flame into life.

· Thirdly you can share it with others. Ask them to pray for you, to ask you about what God is saying, to encourage you to take steps of faith.

Remember, the Christian life isn’t about becoming somebody different, it is about becoming who you really are. You might feel challenged, or even scared about fanning into flame the Holy Spirit in your life, but I want to encourage you to trust God in this. He has “good works prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10) and by partnering with the Spirit we will see amazing things.

 

Simon Bateson

Lead Pastor