Contrasted life (Part #5) 7-24-11

posted Jul 28, 2011, 12:44 PM by Dale Barnes   [ updated Jul 28, 2011, 1:01 PM ]
I believe there are some very practical ways that can help us walk in this new life in Christ; walking in the Holy Spirit. Giving preeminence to a few simple, yet challenging actions in our daily life, can go a long way in a life of reality with Christ.

A daily “quiet time” is important.  Taking some time, preferably in the morning, to spend alone with God.  Spend some time reading the scriptures.  They can remind us of the wonderful love, faithfulness and promises of God.  Peter, in the first chapter of his second letter, tells believers that he is writing to REMIND them of that which they already know.  In a world of distraction we need reminding.

Beginning the day with praise and thanksgiving, is a practical way to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit.  We are told not to grieve or quench the Spirit, but rather “be filled with the (Holy) Spirit, speaking to ourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord...” (Eph.5:18-19)  David said, “I will awaken the dawn with praise.” (Ps.57:7-8)  Thanksgiving makes a way for God to work in and through us.(Ps.50:23)  Praise is faith in action!

“...in all your ways acknowledge him.” (Pr.3:6)  This is a dynamic truth that is so easily forgotten with all the turmoil and trouble that swirls about us in this life. Bring God into all the circumstances you find yourself in.  See God there with you, controlling the situation and walking with you through it.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean to your understanding.(Pr.3:5)  Our understanding of God’s working through difficulties is so limited. Don’t rely on it! Acknowledge the Lord, and he will direct your paths.  Again, this is faith at work.  In spite of feelings and circumstances, we choose to see and say God is greater!

These are some practical ways of letting God’s Spirit have greater freedom in our lives.  However, the benefits only come as we do (practice) these simple, yet sometimes difficult, truths.  Jesus said, “the true makes us free.”  Let’s go for it!       
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