As I ponder this morning the deep goodness of God, I am reflecting on the love of God and I am moved. It is Good Friday. We call it good. For us it shows the love that Father has for us. That Christ would die in our place. Take the judgement for our sin. In no other way could the depth of God’s love be shown, then by the giving of Life. In a world that is hostile, angry, confused, God’s love shines to humanity. In the death of Christ the human spirit, is moved by magnitude of love shown as Jesus lays down his life for us. Please take a moment to reflect, meditate, pray through with thanksgiving these verses as I have done. The truth will lead you to the goodness of God on this Good Friday
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3.16
“It is rare indeed for anyone to die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God proves His love forus in this: While we were still sinners, Christ diedfor us. Therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5.7-9
“But the LORD was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.” Isaiah 53.10
He has purchased by his love and blood our salvation.
Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Today is a day to be thankful, humbled, broken, and meek.
When you struggle with fear, situations, and the feelings of insignificance, Jesus is our confidence. We can rest in Him. Trust in His Word, and the presence of His Spirit to guide us through every situation.
Love this song my Iron Bell Music “My Confidence”. Enjoy and listen to the words closely.
Every time I read Romans chapter 12, I am encouraged by the ancient Apostle to move forward in giftings, and to allow the fruit and Spirit of Christ, manifest himself through me daily. It can be a challenge to allow the gifts we have for God’s glory be used. Often we want to use them on our terms and in our time. But God gives them to us, and the power to exercise them “according to the grace given to us (12.6).” I also see in 12.3 “as God has allotted to each a measure of grace.”
So when it comes to the Lord flowing through me I am asking for a bigger measure of grace and faith from God. I am asking for more faith, and the gifts I sense he has graced me with to be multiplied. I am asking that for my family, my church leaders, and for Compelled.
All the gifts differ, Paul writes , according, or in proportion to the grace (gift) we have been given. They are….
- Prophecy-This is more forth-telling and proclaiming truth than giving “words” or “Thus saith the Lord” things.
- Serving-Being a servant.
- Teaching-Helping others grasp Kingdom and Christ principles in many ways.
- Encouraging-Lifting others up.
- Generosity-giving finances, time, talents, stuff to those in need.
- Mercy-love and kindness manifested.
Which ones do you lean to in how the Lord made and graced you?
Many times we become shy about our gifts, like it’s wrong to ask for more faith, and greater power in our gifts. I encourage you today to get outside of your box, and pray for a greater impact for God with the gifts here in Romans 12. Just remember the gifts are to glorify Christ, and to bring people into the Kingdom, as well as strengthening believers in the faith. They are not about us, to attract attention to us, or to fill some broken need in our lives. So use your gifts, they were made for use, not for storage.
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?
A great prayer song to agree with.