What if every person who proclaims Jesus to be Lord and Savior of their life would make the choice to allow the Holy Spirit to have full control of their actions each day!
In no way do I suggest that you have an emotional experience or an outward action that is manifested purposely for others to see. I am talking about waking up each day and purposely giving the Holy Spirit full control of every action and word.
I came across a quote that made me think long and hard about what God has to do in order to get my life ready to be used by Him:
God uses chronic pain and weakness, along with other afflictions, as his chisel for sculpting our lives. Felt weakness deepens dependence on Christ for strength each day. The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. –J I Packer-
Even though we might think of chronic pain as being a physical state, there are many ways to live in a state of pain without actual physical symptoms being involved. When you absolutely do not feel you can take it any longer, you have the choice of either running TO God or running AWAY from Him to handle things your own way. If you run TO Him, He will be with you in a very real way through the trial no matter what happens.
God has an awesome END in sight for the person who will RUN TO Him in his greatest hour of need, regardless of what that might be.
I have no clue what problem or situation you are facing right now. But I do know that God knows what you are facing and He already has a solution in mind. It might not be the one you think you want, but He always knows what is best for your life.
Phil 1: 19
For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Paul wrote Philippians while he was in prison. He had been through a very tough time, and didn’t know how much longer he would be in prison or what may happen from moment to moment. He had the option of either running TO God or blaming Him for what had happened. Many people, even some of his friends, had turned against him, and I’m sure he had some moments where he wished God would take him on to heaven so he could get out of the terrible situation he faced. It must have been hard to stand strong in the midst of many of his friends turning against him, all the while living day to day in the harsh conditions of prison.
But verse 19 holds the key to why he could still write to them in a spirit of hope, joy, and give them encouragement.
He had discovered that the greater his need, the more of the Holy Spirit he would receive to help him bear the burden.
The word Paul uses for supply in this verse means “fully supplied to meet the situation.” The more we run to God, the more supply of the Holy Spirit we will have to meet our needs. And no, God will not always take us out of the situation because He wants to teach us more and more dependence on Him.
I do admit that for much of my life I thought He was punishing me when He wouldn’t solve my situation immediately or let me take the easy road out. I never thought about the fact that God was trying to make me into a stronger and more mature Christian. In my way of thinking, the easiest way was always the best way, but God knew better. I’m not sure that any of us would choose the hard way on purpose, even if we knew something great would come of it. Maybe that is why God sometimes has to thrust it upon us.
God’s love, mercy, graciousness, patience, and gentleness towards us are something we will never understand.
Paul didn’t know whether he would get out of prison, but he knew that because of the prayers of his friends, God would send him a powerful supply of the Holy Spirit to endure whatever came his way.
The only way to receive this awesome supply is to make the choice to surrender more and more control of your life to God.
Then when the Holy Spirit speaks you will absolutely hear his voice and will be impelled to obey even if you don’t understand the purpose behind what He has told you to do. He will also give you the boldness and power to do that thing even if it is hard.
Make the choice to live a bold life and not be so afraid of change that you won’t step out into the unknown.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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