Where is the Holy Spirit in Your Life?
When preaching about the Holy Spirit and most matters of Christian faith as these apply to life today, I would customarily begin by citing a passage of scripture, and then expounding on its interpretation and application to life in today’s world (Seminary 101). Don’t peek, but the scripture upon which this blog is built is nestled at the end of this brief exploration of God the Holy Spirit’s work within you!
At first thought I wondered aloud if the Apostle Paul would go along with my description of him as the Holy Spirit’s “Oh, yeah, I get it” guy for Christians the world over who would each read his careful transcription of the Holy Spirit’s message, and upon recognizing the central role God the Holy Spirit would play in each one’s life, say simply, “Oh, yeah, I get it!”
So, do you get it? Paul had spent three years with the Christians of the Church at Ephesus, and as far as he was concerned they were doing fine, but don’t most things need a tune-up, polish, spruce-up, re-alignment, recalibration, ad nauseam? Most of us welcome periodic contact from those we love; just imagine the people of the Church of Ephesus whose love was returned by Paul with expressions from the Spirit of God on how to nurture and maintain unity of the church – a church that was living and growing; one family in Christ!
When I type this I cringe, go off the record, and ache a bit for how messed-up we’ve become as a – SAY WHAT – civilized society!
And now, well over 2,000 years later, we are exhorted by Paul’s words to follow our spirit within (who communicates freely with the Holy Spirit), and to recognize our old self is subject to corruption, or already is corrupted, while our new self is being created and regenerated.
Think on this for a few moments: In my studies of “self-corruption and regeneration” I’ve had many “Oh, yeah, I get it!” moments thanks to Paul’s transcriptions of the Word of God, and my lively relationship with the Holy Spirit. HERE’S WHAT I POSIT: The Holy Spirit actually provides timeless opportunities for regeneration pegged to our conscious lifetimes.
When it comes to the creation of a “new” self, the Holy Spirit “referees” the process from the moment we accept and recognize our old self is corrupted, as influenced by deceitful desires, through His influence for us to embrace the true righteousness and holiness of God!
Ah, but don’t miss this: your regenerated “new” self REMAINS A TIMELESS OPPORTUNITY – that is, it’s yours to choose to embrace or to again lose. Such is my Posit, and I welcome any and all discussion, interpretation, theological debate, and possible application YOU might want to offer.
The Holy Spirit is willing if you are willing to inspire you anew with the revelation of God as holy and perfect …to give all of us inspiration to lift ourselves to new heights. What’s really exciting about this process of regeneration is the emergence of a new attitude in our thinking where we don’t develop God in our image, BUT ARE OPEN TO GOD REVEALING HIS IMAGE TO US!
Paul in shorthand: put away lying; speak truth with all; anger becomes sin when held onto; never invite the devil to come around as he’s always looking for a way to create evil & destructiveness. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:23-27(KJV) 23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25) Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. 26) Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27) Neither give place to the devil.