For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

Hello Altered Stories Family,

As I’m sure it is with many of you, this first half of April has been nothing short of nuts. Between maintaining the businesses my husband and I run and finishing a writing project and many other things, it has been hard to catch my breath.

And yet, I think about the Lord, and what does he want from us. Are we too busy for him? We do so much, but what is it that he wants?

The Bible says that we should desire the meat of God’s word, not just milk. The question then becomes how do we get to that meat? The Bible has an answer for that as well, study to show yourself approved.

Yet, there is another component that we need to grow in our faith, the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we are coming up to the day of Pentecost, the day that the Spirit fell on the disciples in the upper room in Acts Chapter 2. Did you know that the events in Acts 2 have an Old Testament connection? It is also the same day that the fire of God fell on the mountain and the ten words, otherwise known as the Ten Commandments, were given on Mount Sinai.

In Hebrew thought, the Bible is cyclical so what happened before will happen again. The events in Acts Chapter 2 are not an isolated event. it is just repeated history, but the only difference is the Spirit of God rested on people and then left. Within the renewed covenant we have through Christ by his blood, the spirit living in us.

So what does all of this have to do with growing in our faith? The answer is everything.

The Spirit of God is there to teach us all things and bring all things to our remembrance.  As you do life and study the word ask God to fill you with the Spirit, and ask him to show you how you can use your gifts to serve the body.

Trust me, these things will grow you because the more you pour yourself out, then you can be refilled. The more you are refilled, the more you will experience the fire of God.

I hope you desire growth in your faith as you desire growth in the seeds you plant in your garden.  I also hope you desire the fire of God to fall on you anew.  May you also continue to grow in your faith.

God bless,

Teresa