Hello family & friends, I am glad to be ‘back on the grid’ and back home in the USA.
Last week I addressed the Calvary Chapel Bible College (CCBC) students in York, UK about the importance of the work & ministry of the Holy Spirit in a believers life; to consider the necessity of completely yielding ourselves to the Spirit, in order that we might be filled with His power & unction… and completely controlled by His influence in every area of our lives. Yesterday morning at CC Delta, PA, we studied & considered the same need and necessity from the life of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:21 ~ “for to live is Christ…” something that I cannot do in my own strength or with my own ability. I need the power & the unction of the Spirit – God working in me, with me & through me through the person of the Holy Spirit.
HERE’S THE QUESTION: Am I / are we willing to surrender; to yield myself / ourselves to His purposes & plans? I shared the following thought with the students last week… and I gladly share it with all of you. It is something so necessary for us to consider. Read the following verse to frame the thought, then listen to the words that follow. I am convicted of my need to surrender all and to trust completely. Pray for me as I pray for you.
Read on and ‘muse’ ~ “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.” (Eph. 5:17-18)
‘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.’ (A.W. Tozer, ‘The Pursuit of God’)
“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,l faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Gal. 5:22-23, NLT)