Northway Christian Church – Dallas, Texas
Day 2 – Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Proof of the Holy Spirit’s Presence is Joy
Scripture – I Peter 1:8-9
Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
The late Bishop Otto Dibelius of Germany, several years before his death, looked over his church conference program and wrote the general secretary, “When I scan the topics you have announced, I wonder if your New Testament hasn’t revised Luke 2 to read, “Behold, I bring you good problems of great moment which shall engage you for the next 2,000 years.”
Leon Bloy writing in a letter dated November 3, 1889, said, “For the people who know the Bible and tradition and the complete history of humanity, joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.”
Paul Tillich asked, “Is our lack of joy due to the fact that we are Christians, or to the fact that we are not sufficiently Christian?”
Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.