For June 14, 20201
Before leaving the earth, the Lord promised His Spirit would abide with us and be inside us.
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you (John 14:16-18 NLT).
The Holy Spirit molds our thoughts, words, and actions into Christ’s likeness (Sanctification) just as He promises:
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:14–16 KJV).
When the good news of Jesus Christ reaches good soil, it produces good fruit. Having secured our being and position forever, the Lord empowers us to live lives that honor Him.
Forgiven and restored, God gives us the power to “grow up” morally and spiritually. Our works are never performed to achieve Salvation. We work because the Spirit inside us constrains us to make godly, moral choices and perform selfless, noble acts,
That in this conflict the Holy Spirit enables the Christian, through increasing faith, more fully and consciously to appropriate Christ, and thus progressively to make a conquest of the remaining sinfulness of his nature.2
Romans 12:2 (KJV) reads: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Thus with a renewed, willing mind, God gives us a progressive yearning for godly things like reading His Word, praying, worshipping, fellowshipping, and serving others. Simultaneously, He develops within us a growing disdain for worldly things that stunt our spiritual growth and hinder our fellowship with God.
Although we walk in the Spirit by trusting in, surrendering to, and serving our Lord, we will never achieve perfection in this life relying on our strength alone.
Yet, Jesus Christ makes intercession for us when we grieve the Holy Spirit by walking in sin and not in the Spirit. We can disobey or rebel against the Lord out of pride, selfishness, or spite like children having temper tantrums.
But like the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, we “come to ourselves” by turning from our sin and returning to the Lord, mindful of what He did for us at Calvary. Here, we rely on the Lord to strengthen us so that we do not repeat the same sins.
In essence, we grow to understand that although we are imperfect humans, we cannot please the Lord by pursuing sin and selfishness at the same time.
Imperfection does not signal defeat. It only reminds us how far from Christ’s perfection we are and of how we must rely on His Holy Spirit to help us grow stronger each day.
We read in James 4:6 that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Jesus Christ is both Lord and Savior, and those who choose not to acknowledge Him in this life will face Him as Eternal Judge in the next.
For those of us who love Him, and whose faith begins and ends with Him, He is our hope, peace, expectation, and great reward—now and forever.
What a Wonderful Savior!