WHAT IS ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESS IN 2018?
Can you imagine living without water or air? Exactly! You can’t! But do we live and act as Christians without the active leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit? Watchman Nee observed in a sarcastic response to a question about the American church, “It is amazing how much you can do without the Holy Spirit.” The sadder side of this is that most churches do not realize they are operating without His leadership. After all you have read on this blog site, you know that we place the Holy Spirit and the authority of Scripture at the foundation and pinnacle of our ministry, which drives all of our teaching and work.
Yesterday I challenged all of us to start 2018 in humble submission to the Holy Spirit. In doing so, we will also submit to His teaching. On this point, we cannot limit His teaching to ‘spiritual subjects and teaching in the church’! Jesus is very clear in John 14:26, “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Is there anything too small that we do not need Him for? Whether it was details of Paul’s travels or calling missionaries to “GO” into a new field of evangelizing, the Early Church leaned on and was sensitive to the Spirit’s voice. When was the last time you asked the Spirit to teach you? He will answer such prayers with spiritual insights into any matter or subject. I can assure you that His answers usually come through a faithful reading of God Word. Paul told Timothy, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). This comes through knowing that “the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). Let’s begin 2018 with a fresh appreciation of the Spirit of God.
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