Thursday, June 18, 2009

Defining Moments~

What are the chances you will blow it at least once in your life? I understand they are pretty good. As a matter of fact, some of the greatest leaders document that if it were not for their failures they would have never accomplished defining moments of achievement.

How often do we fail God, or maybe someone else, and think, "God help me change!" We might feverishly read the Bible and pray for change. You might think, "Hey, I'm a christian; where is the power of God in my life?"

Did you know that the disciples did not begin their ministry until they received power from the Holy Spirit? Today I see many ministries without power and it breaks my heart. In the past I have asked many believers in Christ, "Do you believe joy is the birthright of the believer?" Most just stare at me and don't know what to say.

Before you get down on yourself for not knowing what you would say, remember, Satan is the accuser of the body of Christ (Revelations 12:10); and knowing the answer to this question takes power from the Holy One, God. If God gave us the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is our comforter (John 14:26), where is the comfort? God's word tells us that we are not to quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Does that imply that I can quench the Holy Spirit? Uh-oh.

I am convinced that as we believe and trust God our faith is expressed. That also includes our attitude which is displayed by our outward actions. If you were about to rappel down a cliff and the person in charge acted nervous before you started to rappel, would you be nervous too? Sure. But if the person in charge appeared confident, so would you. Believing requires an action of confidence in God. I am reminded of this by the Holy Spirit each day. So take heart, friends, and live as if there is power in your life from God. Trust Him and be thankful in all things.

Let me add this: If you do not understand the power of the Holy Spirit in your life, ask God to show you. You will know it and begin to live from your heart, walking in God's desire and calling for your life. Also, many times the young believer starts out living by the power of the Holy Spirit, but through trials, or being told how to live by someone else, they forget. Soon their joy is robbed.