Co-operating with the Holy Spirit

October 6, 2014 by  
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“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking.” (Ephesians 4:23 CEV)

Throughout the Bible, we see an important truth illustrated over and over:

The Holy Spirit releases his power the moment you take a step of faith.

Joshua

When Joshua was faced with an impassible barrier,
the flood waters of the Jordan River receded only
after the leaders stepped into the rushing current in obedience and faith.

joshua-and-the-elders

Obedience unlocks God’s power.

Don’t wait to feel powerful or confident.

Move ahead in your weakness, doing the right thing in spite of your fears and feelings.

Faith

This is how you cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and it is how your character develops.

Paul explains our three responsibilities in becoming like Christ:

First, we must choose to let go of old ways of acting.
“Everything connected with that old way of life has to go.

let-go

It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it!” (Ephesians 4:22 MSG)

Second, we must change the way we think.
“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking” (Ephesians 4:23 CEV).
The Bible says we are “transformed” by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).

Renew your mind

Third, we must put on the character of Christ by developing new, godly habits.
Your character is essentially the sum of your habits; it is how you habitually act.
The Bible says, “Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV).

Christ like

Talk About It
What God-directed action have you put off because you felt inadequate or weak?
What old habits do you need to do away with?

– fwd: vc mathews

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