And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Throughout the Christian church, three crosses have become a common symbol of the crucifixion. Jesus in the center with a criminal on either side. What it represents is the choice to believe or ridicule the Living God. One mocked Him while the other believed He was God’s Son.
We all know people on either side. As believers, we can live a life that reflects Jesus and share what He has done in our lives. Beyond that, the Holy Spirit moves into action. God’s heart is that all would respond to the Good News.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
There are times when we just don’t know what to pray. Whether we’ve experienced an emotional circumstance that leaves us speechless or we just don’t know how to form the proper words to convey what we’re feeling. The Holy Spirit is keenly aware of our hearts and steps in with intercessory prayer on our behalf.
Think of it; we have an advocate that not only guides us and gives us advice, He also prays for us when we cannot muster the words to do so ourselves!
Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
Do you think of the Holy Spirit as more of an entity than a person? You’re not alone if you do. But this verse clearly shows us that, just like Jesus, the Holy Spirit is not an “it” but a “who”.
We need to develop our relationship with the Holy Spirit just as we do with Jesus. He is here as our “helper”, as a guide. As we journey on our pathway to heaven the Holy Spirit is there to help us navigate the circumstances that are thrown at us.
He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.
Have you ever been told, “You are so talented?” Some people are born with certain talents and some must develop them over a period of time through education or other means. But don’t make the mistake of being boastful, all of our talents are gifts from God!
God sets us apart by appearance and by the gifts He bestows upon us. Don’t forget to be thankful for the talents God has given to you, He’s equipped you to accomplish all of the things He has put in your path.
But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
As Christians, we need to steer clear of the “Complacency Trap”. During trials, our circumstances drive us to our knees and cause us to look up. We cry out to God for help and guidance. But when we’re experiencing seasons of blessings, we can become less reliant on God.
Whether facing trials or blessings, God should be our focus. Praise and dependence go hand-in-hand. Don’t fall into the trap of self-reliance. We should remain closely tethered to God at all times, in every season!