So what do you think? Do you really need a book other than the Bible to tell you what God wants you to know? Should you really have to go to a person to find out about something that God can tell you if you will only listen to Him?
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.” John 16:13-14 (NASB)
At first, I was planning to say “Forget the how-to book. Go directly to God.” After all, Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would lead us into all the truth.
But as I write this, I’m thinking maybe there are barriers in a person’s life that prevent them from listening directly to what the Holy Spirit is wanting to say. Maybe some how-to books are needed sometimes to break down those barriers enough to let the Holy Spirit through? (Just make sure they aren’t part a money-making scheme of someone who wants to buy a new dishwashing machine!)
As far as “Living Every Day Like It’s Easter” goes, I really do believe that is best done by relying on the very same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. It is humbling to realize that without the Holy Spirit actively in my life, I’m just a walking dead man.
If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:10-11 (NASB)
As demonstrated in today’s serious comic strip, disconnecting from the Holy Spirit’s leading and getting carried away with a “human plan for spirituality” can cause us to say and do things that we shouldn’t.