The other day, I was talking about how the Holy Spirit was a continuation of our Father’s work in those who follow His Son, and, that we would receive His Spirit by faith.
But that isn’t the whole story. Paul also said that we are to “Walk and live habitually in the Holy Spirit — to stay responsive to him; to be controlled and guided by him. That is how we will never gratify the cravings and desires of our natural, human nature” (take a look at Galatians 5:16). He also said that if we “live” by the Spirit, we are also “walking” by the Spirit. If we have our life in God, then we also need to go forward and walk in line with Him, our conduct being controlled by the Spirit. (look at Galatians 5:25).
Here’s the thing, if you have been a Christians for any amount of time, you must have heard that phrase over and over: “Walk in the Spirit!” All kinds of believers say that they “walk in the Spirit” — but do they truly know what that means?
Let’s make this more personal: Do you walk and live in the Spirit? Huh? You do? Okay, so what does that mean to you?
Can we agree that “walking in the Spirit” is nothing more than allowing the Holy Spirit to do in us what God sent Him to do? See? It’s not complicated or even frustrating.
However, I will argue that you can’t allow him to do that work until you understand why our Father sent His Holy Spirit!
The Holy Spirit was sent to us by our Father to accomplish one (and only one) eternal purpose. And until we understand his mission and work in us, we will never be able to have His work completed!
There are two common mistakes made: First, we settle for a small portion of his work — such as a few of the spiritual gifts — mistakenly believing that this is all there is to him! When we do this, we miss the grand work of his eternal purpose in our lives!
Or, we will quench the Spirit’s work within us and ignore him completely, believing that He is too mysterious and that His presence is something we have to “take by faith” and never understand.
If that is the case in your life, you are losing out on many wondrous things! The Holy Spirit has come to dwell in us to seal, sanctify, empower and, yes, prepare us! Huh? To be prepared for what? Prepared to be a bride to Christ!
In the twenty-fourth chapter of Genesis, you find an Old Testament type of this relationship between believers and the Holy Spirit. Abraham sent his servant Eliezer to find a bride for his son Isaac. Eliezer’s name means “mighty, divine helper” (cool huh?) He was a type — an example, a representation — of the Holy Spirit. In the same way that Eliezer came back with Rebekah, to present her as a bride to Isaac, the Holy Spirit will never fail to bring back a bride for our Lord Jesus Christ!
Yahweh chose Rebekah as a bride for Isaac — and the Lord led Eliezer right to her! He didn’t wander around guessing and trying to rationalize his choices. His entire mission and purpose were focused on one thing: to bring Rebekah to Isaac and to get her to leave everything she had to become one with Isaac. Rebekah’s parents toldEliezer, “The Lord has obviously brought you here . . . take her and go. Let her be the wife of your master’s son” (Genesis 24:50–51).
And that, my friends, is the way it is with you and me! Yahweh chose us to be His Son’s bride! Our salvation — our being selected for Christ — was done by the Lord. He sent the Holy Spirit to lead us to Jesus — and if we trust Him, the Spirit will bring us safely home as Christ’s eternal bride!
Oh Father, I am delighted to walk with your Spirit; to allow him to teach me; to guide me into the whole Truth and bring me to your presence. I look forward to being united with you. Come Holy Spirit! Fill me to overflowing; be Glorified in my life and through my thoughts.
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I do thank you for your gifts. It is your faithful and continued support that makes these messages possible.