THEME: THE HOLY SPIRIT
“Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”
-As we recite this powerful prayer by David, we realize the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. After David was involved in sexual sin and marshaled against Uriah the Hittite to inherit his wife, the Holy Spirit convicted him of his sin and he repented. David knew the value of the Holy Spirit in his life and requested God not to take away the Holy Spirit from him. It is the work of the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:7-11). When we teach, read and hear the word of God, the Holy Spirit performs great work in us of convicting and bringing us to repentance and many to Christ. The Holy Spirit thus in-dwelt in the people of the Old Testament and infilled many after the resurrection of Christ. Jesus said, “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7). The Holy Spirit was there before creation and He will be there to everlasting. He participated in the creation as we read from Genesis 1:2 that, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” His dominant presence was also felt among His people including, Joshua (Num. 27:18), Othniel (Judges 3:10), Gideon (Judges 6:34), Samson (Judges 13:25; 14:6), Bezalel (Exodus 35:30-33) and many others, working through them for the glory of God. In the New Testament we thus see the Helper dwelling in us to help us all the time and grants us the joy of His salvation. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 we also see that we are God’s temple and the Spirit of God dwells in us. Since the Holy Spirit dwells in our temples, which are our bodies, we should therefore submit to His will always and come to Him with sincere repentance like David, and He will help us and guide us in all our ways.
Create in me a clean heart Lord and renew a steadfast spirit with me. Cast me not away Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me by Your generous spirit, and I will teach transgressors Your ways and sinners shall be converted to You. Have mercy in us Lord for we have sinned and fallen short of Your glory Oh Lord. Have mercy on us Jesus and cover us with Your precious blood. Purify our bodies and make us as white as snow so that our bodies may always offer a pleasing aroma to You; Holy Spirit. All we need is You in our lives, always dwells in us and with us. Help us to always do Your will and strengthen us in victory for we are more than conquers in You. Victory belongs to You Lord, help us to always win our battles and achieve our purposes for the glory of Your name. Deliver us from all evil and grant us Your grace. Fill us with Your love, wisdom and faith for our lives belong to You. Bless us, our families, churches, leaders, nation and all the nations of the world and grant us the gift of salvation. We submit everything to You Holy Spirit, lead us in our journey of faith. Amen
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