417. The Stranger In The Attic

“I read a news item on the internet yesterday,” Stan began, “that was almost more than I could believe.”

“What was that?” I asked.

“There was a family that discovered there was someone living in the attic of their house.  It was someone they didn’t know and they had no idea how long the person had been there.”

“That sounds really strange,” I replied.  “You think it’s true?”

“I trust the news source I was reading, so I think so,” Stan replied.

Continuing, he said, “As I thought more about that story, I realized I could relate it to my own relationship with God and with His Holy Spirit.”

“In what way?” I asked.

“For way too long,” Stan replied, “after I became a Christian and received the Holy Spirit to live within me, it was like He was a stranger living in my attic.  I didn’t know He was there, or, if I knew He was there, I totally ignored Him and His leading.”

“It was just like the news story,” Stan continued.  “It said the people discovered the stranger after investigating some noises they heard.”

“I began to investigate the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life after I began to hear His voice, His ‘noises’, if you will.”

“The big difference,” Stan continued, “is that the people got rid of the stranger in their attic.  They forced him to move.  After discovering or acknowledging the Holy Spirit’s presence in me, I welcomed Him and invited Him to live in every aspect of my being on this side of eternity.”

“I asked Him to come down from the attic into my life!”

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And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.  John 14:16.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for sending your Holy Spirit to live within me to guide, help, and counsel me in all of the ways you have for me. I confess that too often I do not listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He seeks to lead me into a deeper relationship with you. Please forgive me. And please lead me and help me to follow in being totally open all of the time to everything the Holy Spirit has for me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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