Pastor Jeremy Mercer
To say I grew up in a Christian home is an understatement. My parents are devout God-fearing people. That is anything but a negative statement. On the contrary, they are respected and loved by everybody and with good reason. My parents are wonderful and absolutely the “real deal.” They’re not perfect, but they genuinely strive to live as the Word of God instructs.
One of the phrases I heard most growing up was “be in the Spirit.” You have to be “in the Spirit,” “walk by the Spirit,” and “live by the Spirit.” “The Spirit” is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Now I know many people have differing views on how the Holy Spirit operates in the modern world and in the daily life of a Christian. Whatever those views are, growing up, I knew being “in the Spirit” was very important.
Revelation 1:10 tells us that the Apostle John was “in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day.” The Lord’s Day, being Sunday, the day Christ rose from the dead. It also gives us the important fact that John was “in the Spirit.” John was conscious of being surrounded by the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit! Wow! What a way to live!
We can live that same way every day; if we choose the continual awareness and pursuit of God. Christians often times make life-altering choices by our natural human understanding and thinking, not cognizant of the Holy’s Spirit’s presence and help. I’m ALL for using the brain that God gave us to think, reason, plan, and strategize as best we can. However, often times that isn’t enough. I am thankful that God gave us the Helper…His Holy Spirit. I want to live every day “in the Spirit” like the Apostle John did.
In 2018, not just on “The Lord’s Day” but every day, let’s be “in the Spirit.” Let’s worship God, pray, and listen to the Word “in the Spirit!” Let’s be conscious and receiving of the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit! We will begin to see things differently in our lives. Obstacles will become opportunities. Problems will lead to promotion. Pain will turn to peace. We’ll encounter God and be forever changed, empowered and filled with joy! Let’s be intentional about living every day, starting today, “in the Spirit!”
Jeremy Mercer Lead Pastor
1441 E. 6th Street, Corona, CA 92879