Are We Alive with the Holy Ghost?


John 1:29-34

The next day he [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

 Are We Alive with The Holy Ghost?

John foretold the coming of the Lamb of God who would be the sacrifice for the sin of ALL. John was sent out to witness to the world about the power of the Holy Ghost which would descend upon and remain with Jesus allowing Him to live as a mortal and as a spirit. When we are baptized, we, too, become alive with the Holy Ghost: on fire and “for real” with ourselves and others.
Yet this passage of scripture troubles my mind because sometimes we Christians don’t act as if we’ve been baptized with the Holy Ghost which comes from Jesus the Christ and from Him only.
Are we like Christ? Are we Christ’s example in the world?  Are we real with ourselves and others? Do we mirror persons who are glad Jesus died on an old rugged cross for our sins? Are we on fire with the Holy Ghost?
Or are we guilty of grumbling and complaining when it rains and snows instead of praising Him for washing away the disease and germs?  Do we give thanks in ALL things?
Christians who are alive with the Holy Ghost move by faith, while dead ones creep along by sight. Let us be Holy Ghost-filled Christians who give from ALL our resources – time, talent, treasure. Let’s be alive in Him and the power of His Holy Ghost. 


Thank you, God for Your Holy Ghost; help us be Christ-like and good examples of You. I pray that we will be alive and stay alive in You so we save this world for You and Your glory.
Submitted by: Leverne E. Backstrom - Lay Leader, Praise and Worship Leader and President of The United Methodist Women at Trinity United Methodist Church, E. St. Louis IL. Leverne is a retired 9th grade Language Arts public school teacher.