THE SPIRIT’S MOVEMENTS – EXAMPLES
“…God the Father has his eye on each of you, and has determined by the work of the Spirit to keep you obedient…” (1 Pet 1:1-2 MSG).
“Can you work yourself up into being an automatically loving person in every situation, to all people, consistently over time? I doubt it. Can you try and try and try to be a joyful person to the point where you suddenly become joyful always, no matter what is happening? No. It is only as we allow the Holy Spirit to do His work in us—opening ourselves continually to His power and presence—that our very nature is transformed…” Charles F. Stanley (ref#230, p62).
So, how do I know if flesh is moving me or the SPIRIT? I can get up on Sunday morning and go to church; did the SPIRIT move me to do that? Maybe, but probably not. I (flesh) just decided to do it (probably because it is a habit and expected of me).
Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes the moving of the SPIRIT this way: “…you are aware of the power of God dealing with you, surging and rising within you, and you are amazed and astonished….a wonder-working power active in you, moving, disturbing, leading, persuading, drawing you ever onward” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Nov 19th)?
I know the SPIRIT resides in me:
When a command materializes in my head and I don’t default to rationalization.
When my thinking is clear and my will is willing.
When I can observe clearly the enemy’s activity.
When I easily confess my sins and forgive the sins of others.
When I know the preacher is speaking directly to me.
When I possess the boldness to witness.
When GOD’s will becomes easy to perform.
When my prayer is answered before I am done praying.
When I write blogs and don’t get hungry or tired.
When I have endless patience while waiting for the LORD.
When I try to express inexpressible joy because I understand now that He lives to order me aright.
When His words are so hot on the page I’m reading I lift my hands in submission and praise.
“…the gift of the Spirit always sets the heart singing. Its confidence is unwavering, its power is invincible, and its joy unspeakable” Samuel Chadwick (ref#195, p34). AMEN!