1 John 4:2-3 – This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Those who clearly deny Jesus are easy to spot. But there are many who claim to acknowledge Jesus, but in reality it is not the Jesus of scripture that they acknowledge. He was not merely a prophet, He was not merely a good man, He was not created divinity. He was, is and will always be co-eternal with God, the one and only Savior.
My Advice – Many will claim that Jesus was less than what He claimed to be. If He was less, He was actually nothing. But you know that He is exactly who He said He was. Do not waver in your belief about that.
Galatians 5:22, 23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Who would not want these? The problem is we seek for them in all the wrong places. The truth is, they are ours simply by living by the Spirit.
My Advice – Let these qualities be your legacy in life. Pursue them rather than wealth and status. Wealth and status may be a by-product that you will only be able to truly enjoy if you have these qualities. You cannot gain these qualities any other way than by living by the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16 – So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – A battle is being waged within us. A skirmish that is not necessary, because the war has already been won.
My Advice – The Spirit lives within you. Listen to Him. You know His voice. He is the feeling of uneasiness you feel when faced with certain choices, the sense of unrest when you’ve made the wrong choice and the feeling of peace when you know that you have.
1 Kings 19:13, 15 – Then a voice said to Him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” The Lord said to Him, “Go back the way you came.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We often find ourselves where we should not be. Sometimes we fall suddenly and others we wander away gradually over time. But God pursues us and asks through the conviction of the Holy Spirit “What are you doing here? Go back the way you came.” We would do well to heed Him.
My Advice – Ask yourself on a regular basis, where am I at, how did I get here and what am I doing here? If you don’t like the answer, ask God to show you how to get back the way you came. He will gladly help you.
Step 3 – A Spirit-Led Lifestyle
“I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws.” (Ezekiel 36:27)
A: Discovering the Truth
The Holy Spirit is perhaps the least understood and the most unappreciated person of the Trinity. But He is just as much part of the Godhead as is the Father and the Son. He is a personal being, not some impersonal force or vague presence. To believers, He plays an indispensable role. So much so, Continue reading “A Spirit-Led Lifestyle”