I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. (John 14:16–17)

CHRISTIANS KNOW THE ONLY LIVING GOD. The only living God is manifested everywhere in the universe through the Holy Spirit, whom God sent after Jesus’ ascension. That same life also dwells within everyone who believes.

Think about it. The instant we say, “Father” to start any prayer, He is there and is always in an “on” mode. It’s like the Internet. In the old days, we had to dial a phone number and wait to get online. But now the Internet is connected to our computer all the time and opens with the click of one icon.

Consider the leaders of other belief systems. All of them are completely dead and lie in their graves. Oh, but God always was, is now, and always will be alive and readily accessible to anyone who earnestly seeks Him.

Because God is alive, He is able to bring those who believe in Him from death to life. It happens on the inside, where the foundation of personal peace is formed. It places the recipient on solid ground. This life can be so magnificent that it becomes difficult to contain and bubbles out in streams of joy.

There doesn’t seem to be too much taught about life. But obedience is certainly taught as requirements for God’s approval. And where appreciation for life is realized, obedience comes naturally and with joy.

Learn to appreciate that God is alive.

Roy Proctor has been a Christian since 1976 and has been writing devotionals since 2003. His purpose is to share encouraging words for the times in which we live.