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?


Anonymous said...

Wow... that is TOTALLY convicting! I wish I could answer that I always walk in the Spirit in all areas of life, but that is just not true.

I guess that is what the process of sanctification is all about though... that is where our hope as Christians lies in this lifetime. To know that even though we may not consistently walk in the Spirit minute-by-minute in every area of our lives, we can know that we will do so more consistently tomorrow than we did today, more consistently next week than we did this week, drastically more consistently next year than we did this year... all by the power & grace of God, as He works in our lives to make us more & more like His Son, Jesus Christ.

But, while this IS a work of God, we have a Christian responsibility to exert the effort & energy to consciously & continually choose to forsake our flesh and follow after Christ in the nitty-gritty details of our everyday lives. As we do so, the Spirit will yield the fruit of Christlikeness in our lives... what a joy and a blessing to know that we can in some way resemble our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to those around us!!!

May the Lord grant us all the grace to continually strive toward this end.

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