July 6, 2014 JANE’s HEART TO HEART
…The Pastor’s Helpmate
As we spoke last week about the anointing of the Holy Spirit in our lives this flows right into this passage. The Lord is pleased when we seek the Holy Spirit to guide us and consequently the result of the Holy Spirit working in and through us we over flow with love and concern for one another. The Holy Spirit in our lives brings peace JOY, long suffering and generosity. We then have great contentment in His care and that love overflows and that is when we become the most contented people on earth.
Inside the sheep fold the shepherd stores water in a large stone container to keep it cool and then when the sheep are hot he dips a cup in the water jar and the sheep sinks its nose into the cup all the way up to its eyes to cool a fever and the shepherd allows the sheep to drink all it needs. Also, remember that at night the Shepherd lies down across the entrance of the sheepfold.
After the flock lies down to sleep their shepherd lies down in the open gateway of the sheep pen. No sheep can go out except across his body. No wolf can come in to the sheep pen except across his body. He literally becomes the door of protection.
Can this be said about us.. Especially when troubles or disappointments come along, we are apt to feel forgotten by our Shepherd. We may feel as though He has looked away from our needs. Some say, “That’s not fair” and become angry when those around us do not treat us as we feel we should be treated. Not so if we allow the Holy Spirit to control our actions and our reactions “…we will hardly even notice when other do it wrong.” I Cor. 13:4 LB.
Missionary to India, Amy Carmichael said: “ if a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water however suddenly jolted.
Take time to be with Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you to overflowing with sweet water even in the hard times.
Psalm 23:5c “….My cup runs over.”