Andrea McGivern - Portadown, Ireland Special Meetings - 2011

Isaiah 32:17, "The work of righteousness…. resting places." Each one of us knows what it is to be a child of God when the Spirit is poured upon us from on high. I was thinking of everything we have and all we can have as the Children of God. We must make sure that we have the Spirit.

In Acts 5, it tells how God gives His Holy Spirit to all that obey Him. I thought of God's Spirit and of everything that it can bring to us but we need to obey Him for we must be willing to do whatever He asks us to do. Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God." When we are willing to let God's righteousness control our hearts, then there will be quietness and assurance. If we had the Spirit, then it does not matter what happens. Everything will be all right.

I was thinking of Stephen and also of Daniel. Both had the assurance in their hearts that when God was leading all would be well. Stephen was full of the Holy Ghost and then he had quietness and assurance. He dwelt in a peaceable habitation and sure dwelling place. Just before he died, he saw Jesus standing at
the right hand of God. He had all on his side and he had no enmity towards those who were stoning him. He was willing for God's will to be done because he had that assurance that things would work out well. When we are willing to obey, God gives us His Spirit and we can have that quietness, assurance, and peace.