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Life is a Decision

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom 8:2). God set laws in place that govern our lives and cannot be changed. Without Christ we live under the curse of the fall of man. Adam sinned and this brought spiritual death to us all (1 Cor 15:22). We are spirit beings and we live in bodies and have souls, our minds, wills and emotions (1 Thess 5:23). When we accept Christ as our savior the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us to bring new life in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:11) and our spirits are made new, are born again (John 3:1-7). Our bodies and souls are not born again but have to be renewed and disciplined (1 Cor 9:27; Rom 12:2).

But the kicker hear is that we have to make the decision to walk in the Spirit, be led by the Holy Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to change us (Rom 8:14). Paul describes the battle between his flesh (body and soul) and his spirit in the 7th chapter of Romans; his spirit wanting to be led by the Holy Spirit of God and his flesh rebelling. However, he goes on to say that in Christ we have the victory (Rom 8:1-2). It’s a decision, we can choose to be carnally minded and operate in the soulish realm or we can choose to be spiritually minded, to allow our spirit, guided by the Holy Spirit, to govern our lives and decisions (Rom 8:6).

Often our first reaction to a situation is to wrestle in our minds and react, bringing turmoil. But look at verse 6 of Romans Chapter 8: “To be spiritually minded is life and peace”. O Lord, help us to learn to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit speaks to our spirits. How do we know it is the Holy Spirit speaking? Well that guidance, that inner voice (1 kings 19:12) or sense of conviction (Rom 9:1), will be full of peace (James 3:17). We need to read our bibles, pray and let the Holy Spirit rule our spirits and lives, the results are awesome.

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Allow the Light in

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Rom 8:6-8; KJV).

The Lord showed me in a very vivid dream that most Christians struggle with operating in the spirit realm or in God’s ways and under his direction. We lapse far too much into operating in the flesh or under the dictates of our own minds without checking in with God, or we just plain do things our way. Life is hard and fraught with struggle and failures when we do it our way.

When we were born again it is was spirits that were made new (John 3:4-5) not our souls or bodies. The word says we have to bring our bodies under (1 Cor 9:27) and renew our minds with God’s word so they can be directed by God through our spirit (Rom 12:2; Prov 20:27). God wants to direct us into the path he has for us (Prov 3:5-6), he desires ongoing communion with us so we can walk in the life he enjoys and, in his peace, (Rom 8:14; John 10:10).

We need to try it God’s way today, check in with him, get his direction for our days; it will be good and o my, his peace is beyond all understanding and guards our minds and our hearts (Phil 4:7).

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With Heart

Sometimes when I listen to amazing music I am moved, I imagine that the composer must have been inspired by God. I realize that I am not merely listening with my physical ears but with my heart, my spirit. So often we listen but we do not hear; we look but we do not see. Why is this? It’s because we only hear with our physical ears and see with our physical eyes (Isa 6:9-10).

We need to see and hear as God himself does, with our spirit, our heart (1 Sam 16:7; Luke 24:32). This is when God can speak to us Spirit to spirit (Prov 20:27; Rom 8:16), through his word (John 14:26; Rom 2:15), through people (Prov 11:14), his creation (Rom 1:20) and music he inspires; this is when we can be truly changed. How often we do not change when we hear so much of God’s word and see and hear so much of him but only with our physical ears and eyes.

For a few moments in our busyness we need to try to focus on God, on heaven, and leave our soul to rest. Allow God to arrest you, envelope you in his peace and love you, speak to your heart and change you from glory to glory, holiness to holiness. I encourage you to close your eyes, listen to some of your favorite music, gaze at a beautiful picture or simply enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and meditate on the goodness of God. Allow him to speak to you and truly impact and change you. My, how the church needs truly changed Christians, people sold out for him. 

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Guidance

 “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Ps 119:130; KJV). “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Ps 119:105) We all need specific direction and guidance in our lives and according to these verses one of the ways in which God can lead and direct us is through his word. As Christians, prayerfully reading and studying the word will allow the Holy Spirit to bring illumination and reveal things to our spirits that would not be possible to the natural mind (John 14:26).

Keep reading the word, even in the dry times. God promised that: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isa 55:11).

In addition to studying the word we can pray for guidance. God can speak directly to our spirits in a: “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11); an idea, a scripture or words that well up silently in our spirits with a sense of peace and assurance (James 3:17). If we are unsure as to what God is saying we need to seek counsel from our Pastor or someone who is a mature and seasoned Christian (Pr 24:6).  

If we are praying for guidance and are still unsure which path to take, then we need to keep doing what God told us last until we have an assurance that it's time to change direction.

Always remember that God does have a plan for our lives and it's a good one; we just need to discover it (Ps 139:16).

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Are we Open to Gods Direction?

How does God guide and direct us? In Proverbs 3:5-6 we are told that we should trust him with all our heart, not our understanding and we should acknowledge him, or give him thanks, in all things or at all times, and he will direct our paths. We must hear from God.

He primarily talks to us by the Holy Spirit (John 14 16-18). As we read the Bible the Holy Spirit can open our spiritual eyes to see and understand God’s word (John 14:26; John 16:13-15). In our times of reading and mediating the word God can bring direction to our lives.

The Holy Spirit can also communicate directly to our spirit with a scripture verse, thought, words, conviction or an idea. Elijah fled from the evil Queen Jezebel, who threatened to kill him. God found Elijah hiding in a cave and had him stand on the mountain. God passed by and there was a there was wind, earthquake and fire but God did not speak in any of these but in a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12). It is through this inner witness or still small voice of the Holy Spirit that God will primarily speak to us. We will know it is God as God’s wisdom comes with a real sense of peace and assurance (James 3:17).

We could say well I know that. However, when we come to God, do we come with open hearts or for him to simply agree with our agenda? Perhaps we need to come with an open mind and no preconceived agendas, so God can truly guide and direct us in his ways and according to his plans; me thinks the that would be good.

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