“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!