True and righteous living is living from the inside out.
I took my daughter out for lunch the other day. When our food came out we blessed it by praying for the ones who prepared it and for the food itself. This is our custom. As we were finishing up and getting ready to leave, the owner of the store (his name is Mel) walked over to me and said, “When you were praying I seen the Spirit. I seen Him! I felt His presence!”
I almost broke down and cried. As a disciple of Jesus the Messiah, a beloved son of the Father of mercies (2 Corinth 1:3), and a man renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created Him (Col. 3:10) by the Holy Spirit, I know I AM blessed me with His Spirit. There is no doubt. However, at that particular moment when Mel uttered those words, I was touched (again) in a special way. I suppose it’s like Jesus after He was baptized and heard the Father’s voice from the excellent glory. Before the Father spoke, before the dove descended, before He was immersed, before He even came to John – He knew the Father loved Him. He knew who He was. He knew He was born of the Spirit, filled with the Spirit, even without measure, but it’s still something about knowing it again – the Spirit descending and remaining on Him and the Father also backing up the Spirit by testifying, affirming, and confirming Jesus with the words, “This is my Son, whom I love! I am well pleased with Him!” Wow!
The Love and support of the Father strengthens you. Reassures you. Solidifies you. Validates you. Settles you. It’s one thing for you to personally know something. It’s another for the Father to confirm what you know and who you know to another person or people and they testify of it!
Daddy God, I love you and worship you today and every day. Thank you for the unspeakable gift of your Son in all forms – by body and by Spirit! Thank you for confirming and glorifying me again and again. Everything is for your glory. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with your spirit. Amen.