The Law and Grace. Day fifty-six...
We need to compile all the amazing relationships God had with His people under the old covenant, and understand that this is the baseline for the kind of relationship possible with Him now—even for the least of us.
Think about Isaac's wells in the time of drought. Think about Joseph's dream interpretations. Think about Moses' parting of the Red Sea or Joshua's parting of the Jordan River. Think about Joshua and the battle of Jericho. Think about Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Think about Elisha raising the dead. Think about Daniel in the lions' den.
As discussed yesterday, to deliberately seek the kingdom of God automatically qualifies us to start off where these and the other old‐covenant saints left off.
This is not because of anything special about your humanity or mine. It is because of the special relationship we have available with God through Christ.
I'm trying to paint a picture here of just our minimum potential.
When was the last time you did something that you knew God had to have been in on?
When was the last time you spoke encouragement to someone with words that were not your own? When was the last time God's healing flowed through your hands? When was the last time demonic activity stopped at the sound of your voice?
This should be everyday stuff for even the least of us in the kingdom of God.
I don't want you to sit on the sidelines, wishing you could be used by God for more than just a little of your human talent. Human talent is not the stuff of the kingdom. The power of God flowing through you is the stuff of the kingdom. And the power of God (the Holy Spirit) is within you if you are born‐again.
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:9–11 NKJV)
Please note: Do not get confused with terms like “being filled with the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit indwells all new‐covenant believers. Yes, the Bible indicates a separate filling of the Holy Spirit, but that's a subject for another day. For now, just keep in mind that you can be as full of the Spirit as you are willing to yield your life to Him.
The Holy Spirit came upon some of the OT believers. But the Holy Spirit lives within all the NT believers.
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:19–20 NKJV)
The same Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead is the same Holy Spirit who lives within you.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 1:19–20 NLT)
So if you're not seeing activity in your life that's beyond your human ability, it's not because the Holy Spirit has left you. He's still where He has been since you asked Jesus to be your Savior. It's because you haven't been giving Him anything to work with.
Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19 NKJV)
While the Holy Spirit can empower you to even raise the dead, just as He raised Jesus from the dead, He will allow you to choose whether or not you take advantage of that power.
Have a good weekend,