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Topic: Expect (07/11/13)
TITLE: The Missed Holy Spirit
By pleheney silva
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Same is true when we sin or when we disobey. We feel frustrated about ourselves, dismayed by our defeat in the spiritual battle, depressed about our weakness, and ashamed before our holy and loving God. To make the scenario even worse, our selfishness is revealed by our fear of the consequences brought about by our disobedience. We think more of ourselves and of what will become of us. We actually think less of God’s glory. When we realize this, our guilt becomes marrow deep. Indeed, it is a struggle. It is a battle. It is a battle of resisting the dependency on the too absorbed self.
Now, the question comes to mind: Why do these things happen? Why is there a battle of resisting on the self despite and inspite of our knowledge about the sufficiency of God’s unmerited grace? As one Christian author says, “You can be theologically astute and be dramatically spiritually immature.” The truth of the matter is it is not enough to store up Bible knowledge in our heads. We more importantly need to constantly ask God to fill us with His Spirit that we may not depend on ourselves or on the disciplines we have consistently followed, but on the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. We should then not be surprised if life seems to become boring, tiring cycle of struggles to the point of reaching that end of wanting to give up, if to begin with we have missed to ask for the Holy Spirit’s control over every detail of our lives.
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13). Every Christian has been endowed with the Holy Spirit that moment when he or she received Jesus as Lord and Savior. However, not every Christian is empowered by the Holy Spirit. We need to be kept being filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18) as we continually face a series of choices every day-- even the choice of relying on ourselves or on the enabling power of the Spirit. Never expect not to be sinning every now and then even in the midst of your passion and zeal to obey God if you are striving in your flesh and not allowing the Holy Spirit to control you. Never expect no to linger in depression every time you fail if you are not filled with the Holy Spirit to help you get up and rise. Often times we utter a lot of prayer requests to God and express our desire to honor and please Him, but we miss to ask for the filling of His Spirit who empowers us to put God’s Word in application in real-life situations.
Expect your Christian walk to be not a walk in the park. The more one gets to know Christ through His Word, the greater the sensitivity there is to the opportunities in applying His Word. And no Christian no matter how mature he or she may seem to be can do this on his or her own. Just like justification, sanctification is a gift from God and an expression of His grace. Just like sanctification, the filling of the Holy Spirit is not a one time experience but a progressive nick. Praise God for we just don’t have His saving grace, but we also have His keeping grace.
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