Holy Spirit pt 2, you ready..
Last week we touched steps 1 and 2 on how to keep the Holy Spirit thriving in our lives. This week I’ll try to tackle the last 3 steps. I know that I can be a little long-winded but I promise to keep keep these steps short, sweet, powerful and to the point. So without any further delay check out number 3 below!
Now I know this sounds cliche but prayer is important to our spiritual growth. If we’re not communicating then, like any relationship, you’ll start to feel yourselves grow a part instead of together. That’s what prayer is- communication. If, or when you get married, you’ll here your counselors stress this point because it’s vital. But prayer also helps you not fall into temptation as well…
“Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Mark 14:37-38
I want you to know that when it comes to temptation proximity doesn’t matter, but it does help. What I mean is that it didn’t matter how close the disciples were to Jesus at the time; you could say they were in the next room when they decided to catch a nap, but they still were susceptible to fall into temptation at any moment. So what was Jesus’ remedy? Keep watch and PRAY.
Temptation will come especially when you have the Holy Spirit. Think about Jesus when He was baptized by John. He was led into the wilderness to be tempted even though at this point he’s filled with the Holy Spirit. So if you think that just having the Spirit is enough, think again. That’s why Jesus told his disciples to keep watch and PRAY.
God knows that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. So when your flesh has it’s weak moments, that’s when you should be running to your prayer closet!
“Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:14
Quite frankly It takes faith to receive the Holy Spirit. It also takes faith for the Holy Spirit to continuously work with power in your life. What can we do without faith? Our very spiritual well-being depends on it.
I can tell you from personal experience that the Holy Spirit empowered my faith when I listened to it. For example, when I was seeking God about a direction to go and His will for my life in a season, He would confirm to me the answer to my question with scripture and prophetic words from people that helped build my faith in His voice. This gave me more faith in the Holy Spirit and a desire to hear Him more.
The question that I get from a lot of people is “How do you know when you’re hearing God?”. Well that’s another blog in itself but the short version is learning His voice through obedience, and trusting that the Holy Spirit will never let you go through with something that is against the nature of God.
The Spirit won’t tell you “You should go to her house really late so you can pray and intercede with her by yourself”. Yeah, that’s probably not the Holy Spirit lol.
All in all, as your faith grows so will your confidence in the Spirit of God living inside of you. This will keep you feeling Superhuman!
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This is the word everyone hates to use in the christian faith and I really don’t understand why. It’s like “works” is a bad word or something. Of course works doesn’t save us but we will produce works once we’re saved.
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does itprofit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:14-17
Works isn’t a bad thing, and I think that when we take an unbalanced approach in our teaching about works it’s unhealthy for believers. Our faith should produce works. Last Christmas I bought my little brother a cell phone. I used to tell him all the time when I’d go by my mom’s house before leaving to “hit me up”. But he couldn’t hit me up because he didn’t have a phone, so I bought him a phone lol!
I empowered him to call me, and so, in the same manner, the Holy Spirit will empower you to produce works. It comes with the territory, but it’s nothing to be afraid of. The fruit of the Spirit is evidence that God is working in your life, and one of the worse things you could do is be unfruitful better ask Jesus when He cursed the fig tree….
“12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”And his disciples heard it. – Mark 11:12-14
The works produced through your life is just a by-product of the Spirit in you bearing good fruit. Wouldn’t you want to produce more if you knew there were people waiting to eat from your tree? So hey, go be fruitful!
Until next time………
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