Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Win A Publishing Package HERE            

The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!



 
Christian Living PLEASE ENCOURAGE THE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING

  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE   SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
Leaning on the Spirit, not on a Formula
by Jade Mazarin
10/10/11
Free to Share
Author requests article critique


  Mail
 





I have noticed that at times we can want a detailed road map on our journey as Christians. For example, we want to know exactly what to say to others in certain moments, exactly how to pray, and exactly how to search for God's will. Of course, there is nothing the matter with these desires, they are very good for us to have. But notice the word I kept repeating there..."exactly." While it is good to search for guidance, sometimes we can go to an extreme and look for a formula almost, for how to do everything so that it comes out the "right" way. Even if our intentions are noble and in line with pleasing God, as we grow as Christians we are asked to get to another place...one where we do not lean on specific instructions, nor on ourselves and our control, but on the Spirit Himself.

If we really look inward, we may not be leaning on Him as much as we thought. Taking our focus off of looking for detailed plan for what we should do, can be uncomfortable because it may not feel secure. But the truth is, we cannot have a day by day, authentic relationship with God if we are depending on a recipe. And that relationship is what really matters to God, as it is the source of all real wisdom we absorb. Real wisdom for how to act comes from the Word of God, and from the guidance within that results from interacting with the Teacher. It comes from a flow of the Spirit through us. We can get in tune with through: a quieting and willingness to listen, a self awareness and inner releasing, an honest and heart approach to God, and walking with Him as He really is (which comes first from learning/knowing Him). Each one of these is vital for having a real connecting with God's Spirit and His movement. And that is what enables us to follow God in a way that He intended, and in a way that leads to what is good. Our actions are meant to come first out of a developed experience of God, rather than being the sought after goal.

God wants followers that lean on Him day by day, who listen for His voice and learn to look for His ways because they know Him and what He is like. And thankfully, we need not get caught up in doing it all perfectly, because it never was about our perfection...only about His power and His faithfulness to provide. Let us take the focus off of ourselves, our control and doing things perfectly. Let's shift our gaze on to our relationship with God. Let's look to His heart and His ability to guide us, step by step. And let's see what He does from there.


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

Read more articles by Jade Mazarin or search for articles on the same topic or others.


Read More - Free Reprints, Main Site Articles, Most Read Articles or highly acclaimed Challenge Articles. Read Great New Release Christian Books for FREE in our Free Reads for Reviews Program. Christian writers can JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and help spread the Gospel.


The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.

Hire a Christian Writer, Christian Writer Wanted, Christian Writer Needed, Christian Content Needed
Find a Christian Editor, Hire a Christian Editor, Christian Editor, Find a Christian Writer
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 117 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date




TRUST JESUS TODAY














Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com