UNSEEN WORKINGS OF THE SPIRIT
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.…” (Eph 3:20-21 MSG).
“The Spirit is the Author of everything in us which goes out after God” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p129). “The Holy Spirit not only gives us the power from time to time to function in miraculous ways for the benefit of others, but He gives us the enduring, persevering, lasting power to withstand any persecution until God defeats our enemies” Charles F. Stanley (ref#230, p24).
“…the Holy Spirit imparts to us the divine energy of God to enable us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually to do what God calls us to do. This power is not only a burst of power to accomplish a given task, but a sustaining power that gives us the ability to persevere and to overcome. The power of God at work in us over time brings us to a place of great inner strength that others may perceive as confidence or boldness” Charles F. Stanley (ref#230, p72).
The SPIRIT’s work is continual. And much of it in us is not recognized. There are incidences in Scripture where GOD appears to erupt and surprise. For instance Matthew in his gospel tells about JESUS calling His disciples. Peter and Andrew’s reaction was: “…they immediately left the nets, and followed Him” (Matt 4:20 NASB). James and John’s reaction was: “…they immediately left the boat and their father, and followed him” (Matt 4:22 NASB). And Matthew: “…and He [JESUS]said to him, ‘Follow Me!’ And he rose, and followed Him” (Matt 9:9 NASB).
One does not immediately give up his livelihood and follow someone he doesn’t know. The SPIRIT had to be working in them beforehand.
Doesn’t He work the same in us? He does not slumber or sleep therefore can surprise us by what He does through us.
Another great example of His unseen workings is the moment we commit to trusting CHRIST. Where did that faith enough to do that come from? It certainly was not from our flesh deciding to love CHRIST for flesh is hostile to spiritual things (Rom 8:7). The answer has to be that the SPIRIT works, unknown to us, in our hearts until we possess enough faith to believe.
FATHER, thank You for the SPIRIT’s activity—that constant activity that I am unaware of. SPIRIT, thank You.