Saturday, June 18, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Given to Whom?

the Holy Spirit
whom God has given
to those who obey him
Acts 5:32
How are we filled with the Spirit? Today's answer is obedience. Let's call it alignment or direction.
Imagine the Holy Spirit as a treasure. (That's not hard. The Spirit definitely is a treasure.)
Now imagine a treasure map. How do we get to the "X" that marks this holy spot? The simplest way is to follow heaven's map, and biblically, obedience is what points us in the right direction.
Throughout the Bible, obedience is the path that leads to life.
Now, we definitely need the grace of God along that path, to be sure. From time to time, we'll all stray, and like the lost sheep and the prodigal son (both in Luke 15), we all need a graceful Father and diligent Shepherd. We all need frequent forgiveness and repeated reorientation, but that doesn't deny that obedience is the path that leads to eternal life. And Acts declares very simply that God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey him.
If you want the treasure of being filled with the Holy Spirit, try the most direct route: Obedience.
In Christ's Love,
a guy who tried obedience
and now has the Spirit
as his compass

Obedience. I am getting to the point where I don't particularly care for that word.  It keeps popping up ... likely for a good reason. I need to get over it and just obey. Just trust. Just allow the Holy Spirit to fill me. 

and repeat. 

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