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Let the Holy Spirit Transform You

God wants to mature us as Christians and bring good fruit into our lives by the power of His Holy Spirit: “but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Gal 5:22-23; NKJV).

 Love in Galatians 5:22 is the God kind of unconditional love, a love that loves the unlovable. Joy here is a joy of substance, such as the disciples showed in face of persecution (Acts 5:41). God said He would give us a peace that was different from that of the world, a peace that would overcome fear and keep our hearts steady and untroubled (John 14:27) despite our circumstances.

 The patience the Holy Spirit gives us is a quality of love, vulnerability and constraint in face of those who would do us harm. Kindness is the practical out working of goodness, particularly toward those who vex us. Goodness is god likeness, the desire to be and act like Him! The Holy Spirit will purge us of criticality and abrasiveness.

 The faithful person is trustworthy and reliable at all times, no matter what the opposition or circumstances; convenient or not. Gentleness or meekness does not describe a mouse but a strong and mighty Christian who’s will and emotions are under the control of the Holy Spirit; this person is self-controlled.

 As we rest and trust in God and immerse ourselves in His word, the word through the power of the Holy Spirit, will transform us if we allow Him to.


Godly Character

"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (KJV; Mic 6:8) When I see phrases like “He has shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee”, in the Bible, I figure God is trying to get something significant across to me!

So, what does the Lord require from us in this verse from the prophet Micah? To do justly is to act according to Gods divine laws. Mercy is often translated as loving kindness and also includes the sense of faithfulness, tenderness and unfailing love. Kindness is really goodness in action; practical goodness.

God said to Israel that: “I will have mercy and not sacrifice” (Matt 12:7) and a cardinal command is to love (John 13:34). God’s word says to: “humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt us in due time” (1Peter 5:6). “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6). To make ourselves low or humble seems very alien to the world’s behavior but someone once told me to look at what the world does and do the opposite!

Give it all to Jesus

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matt 11:28-30; KJV).

How often when trials, tribulations, challenges and difficulties come our way our first reaction is to try to work it all out on our own. In the Greek, to labor means to toil, to be weary, fatigued, to work hard. To be heavy ladened, in the present context, means to be loaded up and overburdened spiritually. God says he will give us rest if we ask; this means a cessation from toil, a refreshing.

When I studied out these verses recently, what went off in my spirit like a rocket was the full meaning of the Greek for “yoke”. Jesus told us to take his yoke upon us for it is easy. Taking His yoke is to submit to his authority, to do things his way, not ours. It is not so much Jesus putting his yoke or a burden “on us”, but Jesus coming along side and we being coupled to him. Jesus imparts his power and answers to us and shares our burdens with us to help and assist.

If only our first reaction to challenges would be to pray and activate Christ’s yoke. What a Savior, what a God we have, what love. Have a burden free day.

Let God Do the Changing

There are always so many areas in our lives that we feel a need for God to change. Often, we get frustrated with our lack of progress. It is easy to want to try to do the changing ourselves, in our own effort but this does not work. We need to cooperate with God and allow Him to do the doing!

So, what do we do? Well the word says the only work we need to do is to believe (John 6:29), to have faith; without faith, we cannot please God (Heb 11:6). How does faith come? Well, we all have faith (Rom 12:3) but our faith grows by hearing the word (Rom 10:6). Everything in God’s kingdom is by faith, not human effort.

If we want to be all God wants us to be, to be changed, then we need to be radical for Him. God’s word is truth (John 17:17) and He tells us that if we know the truth it will set us free in all areas of our lives (John 8:32).

God talked to us through Moses and Joshua about being radical with the word. Moses said God’s word must be in our hearts. He said to teach it to our kids all the time, he said to write the word on our gates and door posts (bathroom mirrors?), to bind it on our hands and hang it before our eyes (Deut 6:6-7) (have it on our computers?). Joshua said the word should always be in our mouths, we should meditate it day and night (Josh 1:8) (have it playing in the car?). Now that’s radical.

But see what Joshua also said would happen if we were radical about the word. He said that saturating in the word would cause us to do the word (be changed) and that we would then have success and prosper. Wow, I want that, how about you? Let’s do it. Let’s rest in God’s love (Matt 11:28-30), do our part and see God work in us, through us and on our behalf. Have a blessed day in the word.


The Power of the Believer

We are all probably familiar with Christ’s commission to us to go and preach the Gospel to all creatures (Mark 16:15). As I was reading this passage just recently I took note of the things believers will do (Mark 16:16-18).

They will be saved. What a wonderful word; it encompasses healing, forgiveness and new life in Christ Jesus. That life is an abundant life, in all the ways you can imagine it (John 10:10). Believers will also cast out demons in Jesus name and speak in new tongues. Snakes and poisons will not affect us and we will lay hands on the sick and see them healed.

This is all because Jesus lives in us in the form of the Holy Spirit (John 14:17) and we can walk in Christ’s power, authority and victory over satan and all the works of darkness (Col 2:15).

Nothing in this world is greater than the one who dwells in us (1 John 4:4). The power on the inside of us is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead (Rom 8:11). Just think of that. Jesus said we would do the works He did and even greater works than these (John 14:12).

This gets me excited just thinking about it; how about you?