Tuesday, May 1, 2007

In his book, The New Covenant Ministry of the Holy Spirit, Dr. Larry Pettegrew (one of my profs at The Master's Seminary) said something that really grabbed my attention this morning and it is worthy of a blog: READ IT CAREFULLY AND THOUGHTFULLY:

"Of course, all Christians need to read the Scripture, pray, and worship God regularly. But such acts still fall short of the demands of genuine spirituality...."walking in the Spirit" emphasizes that we must yield to the direction of our Lord through the Spirit moment by moment.

Almost every minute of our days is fraught with a conscious or subconscious battle as the flesh wars against the Spirit. Will our thought life be pure and clean? Will our attitudes be spiritual or fleshly? Will our actions be in agreement with biblical teachings? Will our decisions follow the guidelines of biblical ethics? Will our intellectual powers be biblically or secularly controlled? Will we treat our fellow human beings in a Christlike manner? Will our recreation and amusements be influenced by anti-Christian worldviews? Will we follow the biblical principles for being Godly husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, or children? Will we choose a work of the flesh, or a fruit of the Spirit? Will we be spiritual or fleshly as we face the realities of the daily grind? According to the teaching of the New Testament, we will be spiritual only as we continually yield to the Spirit, who guides and empowers us to obey the Word of God" (Pettegrew, New Covenant Ministry of the Holy Spirit, 209).

So, I ask you, HOW ARE YOU LIVING?
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