I am currently in the UK, finishing my preparations for what I will be sharing with the students from Calvary Chapel Bible College, York, England next week (at The Jonas Centre, Wensleydale, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales) during what they refer to as Speakers Week. This is a highlight for the students each semester, and it would be better named “Listeners Week”; a week to get away from the campus and their course work and ‘quiet themselves’ to hear from the Lord.
I will be sharing with them from the scriptures, taking a closer look at the work & ministry of the Holy Spirit – first, in the earthly life & ministry of Jesus; and then, in their/our lives (as Spirit filled, Spirit led) believers today.
Through the course of my study and preparation, I came across a wonderful (and very challenging) exhortation by A.W. Tozer that I want to share with you. It needs no further introduction. It speaks clearly, concisely and convictingly. May it stir your heart as it did mine. Read on ~ “Do you want to be filled with a Spirit who, though He is like Jesus in His gentleness and love, will nevertheless demand to be Lord of your life? Are you willing to let your personality be taken over by another, even if that other be the Spirit of God Himself? If the Spirit takes charge of your life, He will expect unquestioning obedience in everything. He will not tolerate in you the ‘self-sins’ – even though they are permitted and excused by most Christians. You will find the Spirit to be in sharp opposition to the easy ways of the world and of the mixed multitude within the precincts of religion. He will be jealous over you for good. He will not allow you to boast or swagger or show off. He will take the direction of your life away from you. He will reserve the right to test you, to discipline you, to chasten you for your soul’s sake. He may strip you of many of those borderline pleasures which other Christians enjoy but which are to you a source of refined evil. Through it all He will enfold you in a love so vast, so mighty, so all-embracing, so wondrous that your very losses will seem like gains and your small pains like pleasure.”
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. Speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord…” (Eph. 5:17-19)
“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Gal. 5:22-23 NLT)