Living In The Spirit

I believe that God loves me more intensely than I can ever imagine. His love is everlasting and nothing can separate me from His love. My name is written on the palm of His hand. He knew and loved me before I was even conceived. I am unique and special to Him. No one can ever take my place.
I believe that God’s plans for me are good not evil. I may not know what those plans are or understand them but I believe His plans for me are better than any I could imagine.
I believe that He is my shepherd and there is nothing I shall need. Just like with the Israelites in the desert and their manna He will provide each day what I need when I need it.
I believe that His timing is perfect. There are many, many times I don’t understand His timing but His timing is perfect and someday, looking back at my life I will understand His perfect timing.
I believe that all things work for the good of those who love Him. All of the pain and suffering is not wasted. He is preparing me for a future role I don’t yet see but it is good. All of the pain in my life has value as He prepares me to serve and glorify Him.
I believe that God wants to use me. This gives my life meaning. I get to serve a mighty awesome God, the Creator of everything. It doesn’t matter what people think or say because it is God I serve.
I believe that God wants me to worship Him and adore Him. I believe that He wants me to come to Him with all of my joys and troubles.
I believe that with God all things are possible. No problem is too big if I go to God and wait on His perfect timing. He waits for me to come with my problems.
I believe that with God’s help I can learn to control my anger, my drinking, my smoking or whatever other problem or addiction I may have.
I believe that on my own I can do nothing but mess things up. Therefore I resolve to go to God every day, seek his help and to do His will as well as I can
I believe in a personal God who cares about every aspect of my life and knows me intimately. This means I believe Jesus is my savior, my lord, my redeemer, my rescuer, my rock, my stronghold, my shelter, my strength and my song, my hope, my healer , my provider, my protector, my shepherd, my teacher, my guide, my everything.
I believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, that just as He healed people 2000 years ago He still heals people today.
I believe that Jesus reaches out to us today through His Church, His Sacraments and through His Holy Spirit.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is alive and active in today’s world, that He still touches and blesses people who are open to Him and that He works through those who are willing to be used by Him to touch others.
I believe that all of us can be empowered by the Holy Spirit to work wonders, to bless people and to draw people closer to Christ if we would only open our hearts to Him.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is looking for people willing to be His hands and feet, to serve and to be used by Him; that He is also seeking people to serve as prophets and deliver His message of love and mercy to a world desperate for God.
I believe that with God there is always more He has to give us, more ways He can bless us and more ways He can use us.

Isn’t this what it means to live a full Catholic life? According to John 10:10, Jesus came so that we might have life and have it abundantly. We were meant for better than the watered down powerless faith that so many of us have been practicing. God has so much more for us, so many more gifts, blessings and missions. He longs to pour His spirit and love upon us. He longs to work through our hands and feet, touching the world with His love. He passionately wants to use us to bless those around us.
The world is so messed up. Our churches are empty. Sin is rampant. You almost can’t turn on the TV. Marriages are broken. Marriage seems irrelevant to many. Children are hurting. So many seem lost. Cancer and other diseases seem to be epidemic. Then there’s abortion, addiction, same-sex marriages.
The world considers us to be out of touch at best and repressive more often. Why?
We are irrelevant because we’ve ignored the Holy Spirit. Too much of the church has ignored His promptings and failed to use the gifts we received at Confirmation. Confirmation was much more than a slap on the cheek, a rite of passage or the opportunity for a party and cash gifts. We were anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit. We are meant to do wondrous things. Jesus promised that through His Spirit we would do greater works than He and He doesn’t lie. If we open ourselves up to His Spirit and allow Him to work through us we will indeed see wonders, we will do things we’ve never dreamed possible.
We are called to experience the power of the Holy Spirit. The life that God has for us is so much better than the life we are living. We were meant for more than going through the motions and attending mass every Sunday. The world needs us. We operating through the power of the Holy Spirit are God’s answer to our problems. Open your hearts, your mind and soul and allow God to use you to change the world.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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