2 items tagged "Holy Spirit"

  • Raise the Bar

    “And because you are sons, God has set forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts crying out, “Abba,
    Father!”. Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, than an heir of God through Christ.” Galatians 4:6-7

    Whoa. Read that again and allow it to sink in and become food for you. God’s Spirit is living in you. The
    most powerful living being in existence has made your heart His dwelling place. Incredible! It’s the
    checkmate to every fear, worry, disappointment, and hurt that you’ve experienced. The Spirit of Jesus
    Christ, the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead and set the early church on fire, is burning now in
    you…in each of us! Since this is a fact, how in the world can we ever view life, work, parenting, and
    church the same? Why would we settle for anything less than the adventure of the kingdom mission?
    Why are we constantly lowering the bar of what it means to be a Christian? Why be merely consumers,
    when we’ve been given the opportunity to be so much more?


    The baptism of the Holy Spirit came with both power and ability for us to live a more victorious life in
    Jesus Christ. Here are some thoughts on what this can mean for you…


    1. Let go of your hurts. The consequence of having the Holy Spirit living in you is there will be
    fruit. But, the fruits of offense and bitterness are not of God’s Spirit. Once you’ve recognized
    that fruit, take it off the vine and throw it away. You have what you need. Now, raise the bar.


    2. You have what it takes to finish. Don’t step back from what you believe God has called you to
    do because of disappointment. Stop allowing people to talk you out of your convictions. With
    the Holy Spirit living in you, you have what it takes to finish the job. Raise the bar.


    3. Put aside your strategies. Things don’t always work out the way we think they will. Stop
    stressing out. Give your cares to God and trust Him! Raise the bar.


    4. Stop being a consumer. You’re equipped for mission, adventure, and battle! Share the gospel.
    Lead your family and pray with them. Repent of apathy, offenses, and anything else God reveals
    in your heart, that is rooted in selfishness. Serve with a grateful heart. Raise the bar.

    Let it sink in…You have God’s living, active, and powerful Spirit living in you. Let us raise the bar again of
    what it means to be a Christian!

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    “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” (Rev. 3:15-17)

    What just happened? The church in Laodicea was clearly in some serious trouble. Unlike the other churches, Jesus doesn’t commend them for anything, it’s just a firm rebuke. This early church was in spiritual flatline, and they were in complete ignorance of it. Instead of being aware of the spiritual decay, they proclaimed victory and blessing. “Look at us Jesus, we’ve come so far. Our church is extremely successful!” Jesus was not impressed with their wealth, church attendance, or program efficiency. The bottom line is, the church was no longer effective and causing spiritual sickness.

    So, what happened? This is a church that would know the Apostle Paul. A church that would know what it meant to be powerfully filled with the Holy Spirit. Apathy and boredom would not have been a characteristic of this church. But here they are now, captured by the lures of complacency and self-sufficiency. It’s unclear why this church became “lukewarm.” Perhaps it was just living life, contending, and apparently succeeding (at least regarding wealth and comfort) that eventually brought on a weariness and spiritual arrogance. Maybe they simply forgot their stories and no longer had a sense of wonder for God.

    Whatever the reason, spiritual drift can happen. If we’re not growing in the Lord, then we are going to drift. There is no holding pattern. If this early church could not be an exception to this principle, then neither can you and I. We must be vigilant over the matters of our hearts. We face difficulty, pain, disappointment, confusion, a spiritual enemy that wants to see our destruction. Our hearts are never on the sidelines. They are always on the playing field.

    Though Jesus begins with a rebuke, He continues with the mission of restoring all that has been broken. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Rev 3:20) Even in our apathy, Jesus is still here. When we are weary, Jesus is still here. Though we proclaim self-sufficiency, Jesus is still here. Now, let’s open the door. Let us once again be filled, powerfully, by the Holy Spirit! Let us once again be captured up by the wonder, grace, and love of Jesus! He’s knocking even now. Open the door.

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