Monday, August 29, 2016

Spirit Filled Believers

Have you ever thought of yourself as an “artesian well” for Jesus? Probably not. But if you are obeying Paul’s command to continually “be filled with the spirit,” you are functioning spiritually much like an artesian well functions geophysically! (Eph 5:18) “Don’t be drunk with wine, Because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.” So, how is this so? Paul reminded Timothy “You have not been given a spirit of fear but of power and love and sound mind.” (2 Tim 1:7) The word for “power” is dunomis which gives us our English words dynamo, dynamic, etc. Dunomis speaks of power which is residing in believers by virtue of our new nature - new creations in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). The “effecting agent” of that power is of course the Holy Spirit who dwells in us now and forever throughout eternity! Paul was telling Timothy that “you are to live this new life in Christ not in dependence on your own natural strength, but in dependence on the power (dunomis) provided by the Spirit who dwells in you!” Charles Spurgeon put it this way regarding our power versus God’s Power:
Power in the creature is like water in the cistern.
Power in the creator is like water in the fountain!
What does an artesian well have to do to function effectively? Two things:
1) STAY LOW! Spiritually this is not subtle- “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” So the message is “stay humble!” Understand that in order to daily experience His power and live a supernatural life, we have to continually humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God!
2) STAY OPEN! WE have to allow the flow of the Spirit to keep flowing. Sin impedes the flow of the Spirit, so we need to be sensitive when we have offended Him by our thoughts, words, or deeds, and we need to confess and repent.
And what is the result?
Amazing grace flows down from on high and as our Lord Jesus Christ promised, from our “innermost being shall flow rivers of living water” as the Spirit flow of power is unimpeded and unhindered!
Hudson Taylor, the great missionary of China, affirmed this truth declaring “depend upon it.” God’s work done in Gods’ way will never lack supplies. All God’s giants have been weak men (and women) who did great things for God because they reckoned on His being with them. God asks men (and women) who are weak and feeble enough to lean on Him! I will sum it all up with two questions for us:
1) Am I daily leaning on Him?
2) Am I keeping short accounts?
Your answers are between you and God.
~Pastor Reg