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Saturday, August 3, 2013

life under control w2d2

life under control w2d2 - filled with God's Spirit

Yesterday we left with the question: how are we to "glorify God in our bodies"? I'm sure you thought of wonderful answers to that question. Maybe you thought of Ephesians 5:
be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18, ESV)
Here we see that God inspired Paul to write that we are to be filled with the Spirit. If He had left us with that vague description we might always wonder what that means but He immediately follows the command with the description:
be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.(Ephesians 5:18-21, ESV)
Certainly this isn't an all-inclusive list. But we are left with an idea of what a Spirit-filled Christian looks like.

Stephen from the Book of Acts cautions all of us when he rebukes the Religious Leaders of his day when he tells them, “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you." (Acts 7:51, ESV) We do not want to resist the Holy Spirit. How have I done this already? How have you? How can we change?

Ask yourself how have you limited the Holy Spirit. Have you said you will only live here or there? With so many children spaced a certain amount of time apart? Only at such-and-such a business? Making such-an-amount of money? Interacting with only certain people within your bubble? Not interacting with "those" Christians? Maybe you only like Righteous people or maybe you only like Sinners. Take a look at your limits and compare them to Scripture.

I once had a friend who's mother prayed very fervently about a desire she had. This family was active in our church. They were a God-fearing family. She wanted to make sure her heart was pure before God. So she prayed. And she felt whole-heartedly that God gave his consent and blessing to her desire. And so, she had her affair. She left her husband and son and married this other man. Often when Christians cannot give Scripture to back their decisions it is because they've deluded themselves into thinking that their own strong sinful desires are a consent in prayer. Her actions are obviously wrong to us, but perhaps there are other actions that are not so obvious that everyone else is doing that are also wrong.

Be careful, Friends.

The Spirit will not go against Scripture.

[It may be tempting to "be the Holy Spirit" to another Christian. We can so easily see where another Christian doesn't measure up to our own standards in a certain arena. We might even be tempted into deluding ourselves into thinking that the loving thing to do is to correct everyone who is wrong. Instead of deciding to correct your brothers and sisters, chose to revere them as higher than yourself and show the love of Christ to them. Let the Spirit do His own work. If this bothers you, ask yourself why you must be the one to correct others all the time. Ask yourself why must you be so much closer to God than everyone else as to see how much they need you. Ask yourself why God's perfected you and left your fellowman so far behind you. If you do actually feel compelled by the Spirit to address something you see in a Christian, there are common-sense rules you should follow such as do it in humility, have in-context Scripture, and be a person that the other respects. Losing sleep over an issue is not the same thing as being led by the Spirit.]

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