ABIDING WITH THE SPIRIT
“…the Holy Spirit…God has given to those who obey him” (Acts 5:32 ESV).
“The Spirit of God undertakes the achievement of an amazing work. He enters the soul, and proposes to restore the empire of grace, the reign of holiness, and the throne of God. He works to form all things anew, to create a revolution in favor of Christ and heaven. He undertakes to change the heart, turning its enmity into love; to collect all the elements of darkness and confusion, changing them into perfect light and perfect order; to subdue the will, bringing it into harmony with God’s will; to explore all the recesses of sin, turning its very impurity into holiness; in a word, to regenerate the soul, restoring the divine image and fitting it for the full and eternal enjoyment of God in glory” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, July 4th).
So, first I have to make a habit of asking the FATHER daily for the SPIRIT. Then I have to make a habit of recognizing often throughout the day His presence with me. Then I have to discipline my actions to parallel the FATHER’s.
It’s just like possessing a new nature. It can’t be in me latent but I must work it into my activities—use it—depend on it. FATHER, my goal is to cast out my humanness and rely on the SPIRIT’s direction.
Refusing human fleshly thoughts will be a constant battle the rest of my life. But practice leads toward perfectness. I will never get there but the process (progression) will bring me more and more joy. FATHER, thank You for the HOLY SPIRIT who brings You to me and takes my praise back to You.
Matthew, speaking of JESUS says “…He will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned”(Matt 3:11-12 MSG).