Last week we tackled the extremely important subject of a christian continuing to Have Sex Out Of Wedlock and the Holy Spirit continuing to live in them or not. I’ve got a lot of great responses about how insightful it was. If the title alone has peaked your interest then I would recommend checking it out…
After writing that piece I sat back and asked myself 2 questions: How do you get the Holy Spirit? and How do you make sure the Holy Spirit is thriving in your life? I know the logical thing for me to do is answer these questions in sequential order but I think I’ll start with the latter since the previous blog wasn’t about believers receiving the Holy Spirit, rather, it was a question that caused believers who already have the Holy Spirit to take some time to sit back and reflect.
I would like to think of the Holy Spirit as a well-oiled car. The better you take care of the car the better results you’re going to get out of it. Of course, if you forget to put oil in it then eventually the engine will lock up on you and you’ll need to get it replaced. Oh God! Look at how bad that sounds. I hope none of us will ever let our spirits to get that place. But let’s face it, sometimes it happens.That’s why I wanted to go through these steps on how we keep our supernatural machine pumping and healthy. You do know that what’s living in you isn’t natural right? It’s SUPER-natural, which makes you a superhero!! *cue the music*
Ok let me put my serious face back on….. … Seriously though, the Holy Spirit does give us the ability to do and resist things that we wouldn’t naturally be able to do without Him. In essence He kind of makes us super-human. I’m sure if you really thought about it you know exactly what I mean which is why we need Him healthy. He can’t get stronger if we never hit the gym, the spiritual gym that is. I’m not the swolest guy and sometimes I wish I could speak muscles into existence, but that’s not realistic. There’s a process. There are things that He needs to continue to grow, mature, and lead our life. So here are 5 steps to make sure he’s doing just that……
1.) Accountability. I know you’ve probably heard this word a million times, but the truth is the truth. Stay with me. We need accountability. But not just the regular accountability that you hear about when you’re battling something and you have that partner you can call to pray you through it. That’s great, but it goes a little deeper than that. You need all THREE forms of accountability. Curious of what I mean? Come take a walk wit’ cha boi…..
– First you need CONSCIENCE ACCOUNTABILITY. There is something that the Lord gave each and everyone of us the day we were born and that something is called a conscience. When the word is broken into to 2 syllables it is seen as con-science, con meaning WITH,science meaning KNOWLEDGE. We were born with knowledge, but knowledge of what? Well, knowledge of right and wrong.
“Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.” Romans 2: 14-15
This is that something on the inside that tells you the difference between right and wrong. Even the Gentiles had it. I know when my son is telling or about to tell a lie lol. He has this distinctive look on his face. He’s such a bad liar, thank God. But he’s only 5 so how does he even know that he’s about to say something that isn’t right? It’s the conscience, and God put it there. He put it there to help hold us accountable.
Unfortunately sometimes you can get to such a bad place that your conscience becomes seared after overriding it so much. This is something Paul spoke to Timothy about….
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared” 1 Timothy 4:1-2
The New Living Translation translates the conscience in this scripture as being dead.
“These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.” 1 Tim. 4:2
Have you ever gotten to a point where you forced yourself to believe something that you knew wasn’t right? Eventually you started living in your OWN truths. The result is that your heart becomes hardened and seared so that it no longer speaks to you. We see that a lot in western culture. For example, are there things that use to bother you that don’t bother you anymore? That would be a dead (seared) conscience, and God doesn’t want us to be the walking dead which is why He wants us to…..
“Draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” – Heb. 10:22
Our heart, our conscience, was put there to help hold us accountable and to work in power with the Holy Spirit. Maybe sometimes before running to our prayer partner, we should step back first and say “Lord create in me a clean heart…..”
– Second we need RELATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY. We need other Holy Spirit filled peoplein our lives who love us enough to tell us when something’s not right and keep us on the straight and narrow. Now look at the description of the type of person I mentioned above. I didn’t say just ANY OLE BODY (country, I know). And I didn’t say you should have a judgmental person as your accountability partner either. We need someone with the Holy Spirit who knows when to exercise Grace and Tough Love.
Why can’t this be anyone? Well because it’s not wise to have an accountability partner who isn’t free from the same issues you’re struggling with.
“Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” – Matthew 15:14
Look, we both can’t be blind trying to lead each other lol!
Realize that often times the Holy Spirit will also speak to you through people, so it’s important to have Spirit filled people in your life so when things get hazy God can refocus and confirm some things for you through the people you have around you.
People often say it’s hard to relate to someone if you haven’t been in their shoes, but Jesus did that perfectly fine. You don’t have to worry about relating when the Spirit is leading you. That’s why the Word says…
“do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.” – Matthew 10:19
He knows all things. Trust me, He got YOU.
– Third we need SPIRIT FILLED ACCOUNTABILITY. Who better to hold us accountable than the Holy Spirit? Let’s face it. We’re not around our accountability partners 24/7 so there’s always private time for the enemy or fleshly desires to tempt us. In those times it’s vital to have the One who overcame flesh and defeated Satan on the cross thriving on the inside of US.
“… the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give into it” (NLT). 1 Corinthians 10:13
“You will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon you.” Acts 1:8
Power to do what? Take a wild guess……..
2.) Prayer. It can get hard to pray sometimes, I’ll admit. Distractions and life come from every direction and it seems difficult to carve out time to spend with our Savior. But that time missed can cost us if we’re not careful. Jesus caught his disciples slipping and gave one of them a stark warning haha…..
“And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38
It’s funny how Jesus asks a question He already knows the answer too. Sounds like my mama. She would walk in the kitchen, see the dishes in the sink and then ask me “did you wash the dishes?”.
Jesus gave Peter 2 pairs of instructions after catching him sleep. WATCH, meaning BE ALERT, and PRAY. It takes both of these things to help not fall into temptation.
“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:18
*Takes deep breath* haaaa….
The Lord was dropping some dope stuff on me for this blog, but it would have made it extremely too long so I had to break it up into 2 parts. Next Monday I’ll be dropping the LAST 3 steps, so keep your eyes peeled!
Until next time………
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