Find It Only Here On Friday: The River of the Holy Spirit

Beth Miller writes articles on a variety of topics to inspire and encourage others.
She is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, blogger, and works in church ministry.
Beth shares articles at her blog where she is a Bible Gateway Blogger Grid Member.

Beth is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday.”
Her Café exclusive “The River of the Holy Spirit” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Café thought you just might want to know how an Encouragement Leader like Beth Miller
has herself been encouraged in her own faith recently.

In her own words…

Recently, God has refreshed my faith with a new visual image of the Holy Spirit
flowing like a river through me, through my family, and through my church.
What if the Holy Spirit is like a river, constantly available and flowing?
As John 7:38 states, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said,
‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”

What if our job is just to jump in the river?
When the Holy Spirit is in us and we are in the Holy Spirit,
how do we connect and live in the flow of the Holy Spirit at the present moment?
I ask myself, “How’s your spiritual life going?
Am I growing more or less irritable these days?
Am I more or less easily discouraged these days?
In what ways do I demonstrate the “L-effect” – taking what I have received from God vertically,
and extending it horizontally to people in my everyday life?”

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“The River of the Holy Spirit”
by Beth Miller

I experience the River of the Holy Spirit …

flowing through me as I pray God’s Word…

  • Thy will be done—Matthew 6:10
  • Not my will, but Thine, be done—Luke 22:42
  • The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.—Psalm 23:1
Each morning, and throughout the day, when I pray, I picture Jesus, my Shepherd, in the green pasture of the 23rd Psalm. I take whatever concern I have, or person for whom I am interceding by the hand. I walk out to the meadow, the green pasture, and I place my concern, or the hand of the person for whom I am interceding, in Jesus’ hand…knowing that He is sovereign, He loves me, and He loves the person for whom I am interceding more than I do.He has a plan, a hope, and a future for each of us.
I walk away, thanking God for how the river of His Holy Spirit is flowing through me and how He is at work in my life and in the lives of those for whom I am interceding. I experience His peace. Praying as Catherine Marshall prayed, “Lord Jesus, I trust You, You know what You’re doing, I relinquish my will to Yours.”

In prayer, I ask God to reveal to me …

the spiritual mile markers in my life…broken places, hurts, disappointments, accomplishments, and joyful times. The river of the Holy Spirit helps me see that God had been there all along and His grace is sufficient.I have learned that the Hebrew concept of time is like a person rowing a boat. We see where we have been, we back into the future. I can clearly see that God has been there with me all along. I am not stuck in the past. Flowing with the River of the Holy Spirit, I am rowing into the future, moving forward, proactive, with my focus, my mindset, on God, who is sovereign. He sees the end from the beginning.Morning after morning in my quiet time, I bring myself back to the Cross of Christ. As I bow before Him, I experience anew His mercy and grace, as I sense His blood dripping over the Crown of Thorns pressed into His brow, onto my heart, covering all my sin—past, present, and future. I get up from my knees wearing His Robe of Righteousness as I face the day ahead…rowing into the future.
“My determined purpose is that I may know Him,
that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him,
perceiving and recognizing and understanding
the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly.”

– Philippians 3:10 –

Lord Jesus, without You, I can do nothing. May the River of Your Holy Spirit so flood my soul–the seat of my emotions, and my body–my fleshly desires and appetites, that only You remain and I remain in You. My determined purpose is that I may know You, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, recognizing, perceiving, and understanding the wonders of Your Person more clearly and more strongly. I am resting in Who You are and who You say I am—blessed, accepted, adopted, chosen, redeemed, forgiven and loved with an everlasting love and underneath are Your everlasting Arms. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

many blessings,
Beth

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About the author : Beth Willis Miller

Beth Willis Miller

Meet Beth Willis Miller, M.Ed., author of Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ with illustrator Krista Hamrick; contributing author of three books: Under His Wings: Truths to Heal Adopted Children's Hearts; 21 Stories of Generosity: Real Stories to Inspire a Full Life (A Life of Generosity); A New Song: Glimpses of the Grace Journey (an anthology of essays, poems, stories and photos celebrating God's grace on life's journey); and member of AWSA, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Beth has a Master's degree in Education, in curriculum, instruction, and supervision. She writes articles on a variety of topics to inspire and encourage others. Her expertise as a creative and critical thinking specialist is steeped in years of experience as a writer, presenter, educator and former Florida Department of Education State Consultant for Gifted Education. Seeing others' lives transformed by the truth of God's Word is her passion and purpose. She is married with two adult children, and two adorable grandsons.

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