I am teaching on the Holy Spirit on Wednesdays until summer and I must mention what the Lord taught me through my brother Steve as he was suffering with cancer. I was visiting my amazing big brother at his home, on a day when the symptoms were manifesting in his balance. We were talking and he looked right into me and He asked me a question, Steve asked, “Nate, it’s not how much of the Holy Spirit we have, but ask yourself, how much of us does the Holy Spirit have?” Steve was within days of being with the Lord, and his heart and mind were filled with giving more of his life to His King. His thoughts were on making sure his life was yielded to Christ and filled with the Spirit. He was still surrendering what life he had left in him, as he was transitioning to the presence of God. This moves me deeply.
We want to be filled with the Spirit of God, but honestly we resist yielding completely to Him. We don’t like giving up and letting go. We must give more of ourselves to the Spirit. Let go our past, shame, anger, fear, resentment, unforgiveness, irritations, sin, selfish habits, and addictions. How easy it is to be filled, when we are emptied of the things that interfere with our spirit and mind being filled and controlled by God’s Spirit. This question will be with me until I see Jesus and Steve again. This question changes my life. I believe this was a question from Heaven, and glimpse into the heart of God, and my brother’s.
So, How much of you does the Spirit of God have? What say you?
If you have ever had a bump in life, and you struggled, broke down, or folded up under pressure, you most likely kept that secret, to yourself or your family. We all have weak times, but our society does not embrace people struggling. It seems no one appreciates weakness. We are all to “be strong” all the time. We must “be strong” for others, for ourselves. Show no emotion. Admit no deficiency. Confess no weakness. Keep up the strong front. Don’t mourn. Don’t weep. Don’t cry out. Never confess to weakness or people will think less of you. These are all unwritten standards. But can we be weak? Can we confess to not be super dad and super mom all the time. Can we admit that we hurt? That we are struggling? That life has hard seasons? Where can we mourn? Is there a place in the world where we can be honest that we are sick of our job, and the pressure of life has taken all the strength from us and we feel totally depleted?
The Apostle Paul was given a thorn in his flesh. What that “thorn” was, we can only speculate. That is not the point God is trying to make. He is teaching here and the Apostle Paul, shares his long and painful lesson in 2 Corinthians.
2 Corinthians 12.8-10 “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NLT) ”
Here is the deal. Paul’s weakness, gave him an opportunity to stretch his faith and rely on the strength of Christ. He made peace and accept the thorn and the weakness is brought, for from that he learned that his admission to being weak, made him needy. Christ filled his need for strength. Strength to move forward, to get out of bed, to face another day, to gain in weakness.
So admit to weakness and reject the pressure of our society to “be strong” and to have it all together all the time. God is there for our weakness if we will draw from Him, he will persevere in divine power not from us. For Christ is attracted t weakness.
So go ahead………be weak.