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Archive for April, 2010

Thessalonians 5:19-22 says, “Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances.  But examine everything carefully; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.”  What amazing verses!  Do you see the exhortations and safeguards?  The divine balance of God!  Brilliant words of instruction.

We can extinguish the Spirit by living in a manner that is displeasing to Him, such as committing sins: sinful attitudes and behaviors, wrong choices, stubborn willfulness ….  But there is another aspect in which we can douse cold water on the Spirit and that’s to disregard or minimize His promptings, or ignore (shrug off, dismiss) His leading.  We can also figuratively pour the cold water of unbelief on the Spirit.  We can cancel out the Spirit’s impulse and leading by our estimations and calculations of what “we think” should be, all in accordance with our understanding of things (Proverbs 3:5).  In other words, through long-held positions and opinions we have formed over the years, we can extinguish the whisper and moving of the Spirit.  Have I ever done that?  Sadly, yes.

Lately I’ve been considering how vital it is to listen and yield to the promptings of the Spirit.  Numbers 9:15-23 is the account of how God led the Israelites through the wilderness: the cloud settled, they camped; the cloud lifted, they traveled.  They did this for 40 years.  I wonder, what would happen in our world if we, the children of God, allowed the Holy Spirit to lead us just as He led the Israelites?  As the Father led Jesus, so we might be led by the Spirit.  May it be so of us.

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I really like the imagery that C.S. Lewis gives us in the Chronicles of Narnia.  The picture I love the most is Aslan being a tameless Lion.  He’s wild, unpredictable and of course, unmanageable!  We can’t control God; we can’t shape Him into our mold or convince Him to fulfill our agenda…  He cares deeply about what’s on our heart, but He sets out to accomplish His purposes… Purposes that far surpass what we can comprehend! 
 
What’s also amazing is that He includes us in His plans.  In fact, His ambitions for us outnumber grains of sand (Psalm 139:17-18).  Wow, sign me up.  I gladly give up my plans for God’s desires.  What a plan!!!  And dear one, this never means that we are left without enthusiasm or vision, does it?

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It’s so exciting not to have a firm grasp on where and what I’ll be doing next.  Oh, Lord willing I’ll be at church tomorrow morning and I’ll show up at the station on Monday, but who of us can say emphatically what we will be doing tomorrow?

Those stranded in airports around the world didn’t “plan” on sleeping in a waiting area the last few days.  Yet, life took a detour.  Plans changed.  And all of them are helpless in changing the course of events that are taking place over Iceland.  A volcano erupts and everything changes.

Oh yes, we can plan.  We can attempt to lay claim to what we’d like to do next.  But only God knows what will unfold in the next minute, hour or day.  Are you willing to let Him lead?  He’s leading.

And oh, God is definitely in control.  None of this has escaped His notice.  The Lion of Judah holds the keys that turns the world.  This volcano is not an interruption in God’s plans…

May God bless you with His unfading truth and steadfast love, fellow traveler!

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Staying Connected

There’s email, Facebook, Twitter and blogging…  I have yet to figure out how people keep up with all this social networking activity.  It’s the new way to stay connected, I guess.  Hum.  I’m so glad God doesn’t require all those hoops!

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