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"Lessons From My Granddaughter"

"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!"

Psalm 34:8

One of the great joys of my week is taking care of my youngest granddaughter Quinn on Monday's. She just turned one years old and she is at that fun age, walking and learning to talk. She is inquisitive and adventurous and she loves the outdoors. She reminds me so much of my wife and is why I am usually wore out by the end of the day from trying to keep up with either one of them.

Usually Quinnie will eat just about anything you put in front of her. She is an eating machine but like most kids she has days when she decides she doesn't like something she enjoyed the day before. Maybe it's just her exercising a woman's prerogative to change her mind without notice. I am not sure but trying to get her to drink her milk a couple of weeks ago was nothing short of a challenge. She wasn't having anything to do with it. As I sat there thinking of what I could do I got an idea that came to mind after reading in the book of Acts earlier in the morning just before she had come over the day.

The Bible teaches us that there are three distinct relationships we can enjoy with the Holy Spirit. In John 14:16-17 we have the Greek words "para" and "en" and in the book of Acts we find the word "epi".

1. "Para" which means "With you". The Holy Spirit comes along side us to lead us to Christ before we became a Christian. Examples of the word "para", "Para"-medic: Someone who comes along side to render aide. "Para"-legal: "Para"-church: Organization that comes along side the church to help minister. Last but not least, my personal favorite, "Para"-chute: You want a chute along side of you when you jump out of an airplane.

2. "En" means "in". When we become a believer the Holy Spirit came "in" us, into our heart. Revelation 3:20 puts it like this, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."

3. "Epi" means "upon" dynamite power, strength to "be" a witness, which is the word "martus", and is where we get our English word "martyr". This experience did not become available until the book of Acts. Thats what we read in Acts chapter 1 when Jesus told His disciples to wait for the promise of the Father (the gift of the Holy Spirit) that they would receive. Acts 1:8 says, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

After reading about the different relationships with the Holy Spirit I got this idea on how to get my granddaughter to like her milk. I needed to find something to saturate it with, to immerse it in. My wife had made oatmeal cookies the night before. I took one of the cookies and broke it into bite size pieces then immersed them in her milk until the cookie was full and literally oozing with milk, overflowing from the inside out. She devoured them and in just a few minutes both the cookie and the milk were gone. What didn't get absorbed by the cookie itself Quinnie gladly consumed to wash the cookies down. Mission accomplished!

You see, loved one, baptism with the Holy Spirit is to be saturated and immersed in God. Just like Water Baptism means to be submerged or immersed, we need to be saturated with the Holy Spirit for the redemptive purposes of God. The person who is saturated and immersed in the Holy Spirit is the same in the service of God. Like the apostle Paul would say, "it's no longer I who lives but Christ in me." God is still today looking for men and women with whom He can immerse and saturate with His Holy Spirit so that we too can become visible manifestations of His redemptive plan in the world continuing the work of God as He leads and directs.

Quinnie wouldn't drink her milk alone but when it was saturated by that cookie she devoured it. Much in the same way the world around us doesn't understand God or His ways until it meets someone who has been immersed and saturated by God's Holy Spirit. Not everyone likes cookies and milk and just as true not everyone will be drawn to those who are filled with the Holy Spirit. One thing for sure is this, those who are drawn to those filled with God's Spirit and are immersed in His love will taste and see for themselves that the Lord is good! And if they are anything like my granddaughter Quinn, they won't be able to get enough!

"And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit"

Ephesians 5:18


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Wednesday, 23 January 2019