Appreciating the Assurance of the Holy Spirit

I feel like our family is perched on the edge of a narrow precipice, waiting to see which way the wind will blow us. The events of the next week could drastically change the course of our lives.

My husband had the last of a series of interviews with a church at 7:00 am this morning. The board meets tomorrow—perhaps with a decision. In any case, there will be one within the next few days.

We’re anxious. We’re pretty sold on the leadership of the church and feel like it would be a good fit. We have vision and excitement for what we could do there. We think we’ve seen God’s guiding hand in the process.

We just don’t know for sure…

If we get a call and they tell us they are going in a different direction, we will be very disappointed. Our feelings will probably be hurt. We’ll be embarrassed to have to tell everyone its a no-go. We’ll regret all the time that was invested in the process. We’ll dread starting the process all over again somewhere else. We’ll be nervous about money. We’ll be tempted to ask a lot of what if‘s. We’ll wonder, what now?

But we don’t have to wonder if we’ll be OK. No matter what happens in the next few days, we’ll be OK. I was so thankful to notice today that deep down, that’s really how I feel. I don’t just tell myself that because it is the proper Christian attitude. I am fully convinced that God’s got us—and that I can trust Him. My security does not rise and fall on circumstances. In this unstable world, that is a precious gift.

The Bible indicates that the Holy Spirit gives us supernatural assurance. What does that look like, I wonder? Does He sort of permeate us with a divine sense of peace? Does He simply confirm the truth of God’s promises in our hearts? Does He bring to remembrance all the ways that God has been faithful in the past? All three?

The first passage that comes to mind when I think of this concept is Romans 8:15-16.

Romans 8:15-16 (NASB)
15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God

Here Paul tells us that by the testimony of the Holy Spirit within us, we have every confidence that we are dearly beloved children of a strong, loving, involved Father. He goes on to say that this is an assurance we can and should cling to even when we are confronted with the inevitable difficulties of living in a fallen world.

However He does it, I am very glad for it today.

This did get my wheels turning about the whole topic of the testimony/assurance/comfort of the Holy Spirit. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject or maybe some related passages.

I’ll keep you posted…


9 thoughts on “Appreciating the Assurance of the Holy Spirit”

  1. We have been in that same place before-more than once! It is amazing that when we relenquish the right to choose to the wisdom of God what great peace we can find. It is also wonderful to be led by the Holy Spirit to just the right place, at the right time, for the right season! No matter the answer of the Board trust God! We love you more than words can say.

    1. Emily – If you have time to read blogs, you must be getting all settled in and adjusted to life with a newborn.
      No wonder you like that picture! 🙂
      I saw pictures of your precious little girl – simply beautiful! I look forward to more!

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