Making your everyday pleasurable and exciting adventure.
Every day can be an exciting adventure for the Christian who knows the reality of being filled with the Holy Spirit and who lives constantly, moment by moment, under His gracious direction.
The Bible tells us that there are three kinds of people. Natural Man is one who has not received Christ. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” -(1Corinthians 2:14. Spiritual Man is one who is directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” -1Corinthians 2:15-16
There are some spiritual traits which result from trusting God. The degree to which these traits are manifested in the life depends upon the extent to which the Christian trusts the Lord with every detail of his life, and upon his maturity in Christ.
Carnal Man is one who has received Christ, but who lives in defeat because he is trying to live the Christian life in his own strength. "And I brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to carnal men, as to babes in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still carnal. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshy, and are you not walking like mere men?" 1 Corinthians 3:1-3. God has provided for us an abundant and fruitful Christian life. Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”-John 10:10 .
Why is it that most Christians are not experiencing the abundant life? Carnal Christians cannot experience the abundant and fruitful Christian Life. The carnal man trusts in his own efforts to live the Christian life.
Some or all of the following traits may characterize the Christian who does not fully trust God. The individual who professes to be a Christian but who continues to practice sin should realize that he may not be a Christian at all, according to 1John 3:6-9; which says, “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
1John 3:6-9says, “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God”.
Ephesians 5:5-6 says, “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”
But we have an advocate—Lord Jesus Christ. “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” —1John 2:1-3. The third truth gives us the only solution to this problem. Jesus promised the abundant and Fruitful life as the result of being filled, directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit-filled life is the Christ-directed life; by which Christ lives His life in and through us in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Though all Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, not all Christians are filled directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the source of the overflowing life of a Christian -John 7:37-39. The Holy Spirit came to glorify Christ- John 16:1-15
How can one be filled with the Holy Spirit? We are filled by the Holy Spirit by faith; then we can experience the abundant and fruitful life Christ promised to each Christian.
If you sincerely desire to be directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit, you can appropriate the filling of the Holy Spirit right now. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” -- Romans 12:1-2
By faith claim the fullness of the Holy Spirit, according to His Command. “Be filled with the Spirit. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”- Eph.5:18-19
He will always answer when we pray according to His will. 1John 5:14-15 says, "And this is the confidence that we have in him that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him”
Pray in Faith to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith alone. True prayer is one way of expressing your faith. How to know that you are filled directed and empowered with the Holy Spirit. If you asked God to fill you with the Holy Spirit, know that you are now filled with the Holy Spirit. God and His words are authority and faithful.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Romans 14:22- 23 says, “Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”
Do not depend upon feelings. Believe the promise of God's Word, not your feelings. That alone is our authority. The Christian lives by faith in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.
John 14:21 says, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him”
As Christians, we do not depend upon feelings or emotions, but we place our faith in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of His Word. Faith is the only means by which a Christian can live the Spirit-directed life.
As you continue to trust Christ moment by moment, your life will demonstrate more and more of the fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temper dance: against such there is no law.” -Galatians 5:22- 23 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God -Romans 12:2
Your prayer life and study of God's Word will become more meaningful. You will experience His power in witnessing. “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”- Acts 1:8.
You will be prepared for spiritual conflict against the world. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1 John 2:15-17.
In Galatians 5:16-17 God says, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would”
1 Peter 5:7-9. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”.
Ephesians 6:10-13. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” You will experience His power to resist temptation and sin. 1 Corinthians 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”
By faith you can continue to experience God's love and forgiveness. If you become aware of an area of your life; an attitude or an action that is displeasing to the God, do this.
Simply thank God that He has forgiven your sins - past, present and future. Claim His love and forgiveness by faith and continue to have fellowship with Him.
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