The way we talk about the Holy Spirit today is far different than I remember it being 20+ years ago. Now, we acknowledge that the Spirit is alive and well…working in our world and in our lives.
I have been very happy to see that shift take place.
But we are still holding back.
The next needed shift is a move from belief in the Spirit to faith in the Spirit. From mental ascent to daily dependence…from agreement on a theory to living the reality.
The Holy Spirit needs to be leaned on for church/congregational direction and decision making. Don’t move forward if you don’t have a clear directive from the Spirit through mutual discernment and prayer on the part of the church leaders.
The conviction level is much higher if church leadership believes the Spirit gave the direction rather than just operating out of our own logic and “common sense”.
Last, if we want God-size results we must ask God for help and expect His help. Otherwise we just get human size results as part of human made decisions.
We have come a long way but we still have a long way to go. I hope and pray that 20 years from now what I am talking about has come to fruition…then we can truly be a Spirit-led body as Christ himself intended.