Thanks for staying with me for the last two weeks. I precede on three premises:
- God wants to invade the people of our planet with his love and invitation to relationship. I believe it will be the greatest revival in history.
- He wants to partner with you to bring this about.
- We’ll be little to no help without Holy Spirit’s work in and through us.
If you want in… if your heart beats as God’s … if you want to participate in his agenda, then it’s time to get ‘in sync’ with God’s Spirit.
There are four characteristics that allow us to understand Holy Spirit’s direction for our lives. They are: FLEXIBILITY, CREATIVITY, OBEDIENCE and PATIENCE.
We start with ‘flexibility.’ I may need help here. I can’t bend as I used to; I can’t reach as high as I could; my ‘stick-to-it-er’ isn’t as strong as it once was. But I’m not talking about my ‘seventy-something body, I’m talking about my spiritual flexibility!
Time has taken its toll. We get used to things that have given us spiritual arthritis. We let religious activities that fail as Kingdom adventures steal our To Do lists. Urgency has exercised its tyranny over our time and perspective on life.
Most of us started strong. God’s dreams exploded in our hearts, ignited by God’s plans and heart. We believed every one of them was attainable. But sadly, circumstances, delays and often people injected their opinions about what could and couldn’t be done. We began disbelieving and doubting and lost the thrill of white water living and soon sat in the warm, vapid water of the kiddie’s pool.
And we didn’t grasp that we had lost spiritual flexibility. God’s heart aches over the loss of fervor in our walk with Him.
The Apostle Paul kept flexible by choice and decision. He said, “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. (He was extremely flexible) In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. (Circumstances changed drastically in his life, yet he met them all with spiritual dexterity.) I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (This verse is only possible through God’s strength – and you have his strength through the Holy Spirit in you!) Philippians 4:12-14 ESV
With my word count almost run out, let me encourage you and urge you to ask God if you’ve gotten ‘stiff’ and unbendable. This could be and should be the most exciting invitation you’ve ever gotten from your Heavenly Father. Foster a deep and intimate relationship with God’s precious Spirit and get ready!
God’s about to speak to you and you need to hear what He says.
Extra content below, but so worth it. See you next week.
“Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!” I Corinthians 9:22,23 MSG