This Is God At Work In Us

Jesus said,

" A time is coming when those who worship God must worship Him in spirit and in truth."

That day is now. A spiritual person is not necessarily someone with a lot of Bible knowledge, or someone who speaks as God's representative to His people, like a pastor or any sort of leader in the church. No, you do not have to be a church leader, or even a church goer, to be spiritual.

Being spiritual simply means being led by God's spirit.

Simple enough, eh?. Well.......

To be led by God's Spirit means that we yield ourselves to the Spirit's control of our lives. It means that we do not give in to the ever present and strong desires of our flesh. Let me put it this way, when we find ourselves in a situation where we feel the passion of our flesh taking over all reason and we feel unable to control our action/reaction, this is our strong fleshly carnal nature. This is our number one enemy to walking with and worshipping God in spirit and in truth. I find that if I remove myself from the situation, physically leave the room, and redirect my mind on God, on His word, on His ways, motivated to be pleasing to Him, If I pray and ask Him for help, then usually in short time I am walking in victory over my flesh and actually exhibiting the exact opposite of my first response, laden with the fruit of the spirit. The Spirit is our helper. We have been given all that we need to live Godly in this present age. The resources are there and they belong to us through Christ Jesus. We must choose to use them. God has given us the Holy Spirit to help our weaknesses. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I have always found it interesting to note that fruit is singular. We haven't been given one or two of these. All of these are ours if we would only yield our lives to the Holy Spirit. As we practice yielding ourselves to the Holy Spirit, we will find that it becomes more and more who we are. We find ourselves being tempted less and less by our flesh. This is God at work in us. This is us working out our salvation with fear and trembling. This is awesome.

Those who belong to Christ have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. Galatians 5:24

Since we are living by the Spirit let us follow the Spirit's leading in every area of our lives. Galatians 5:25

This is what makes a Christian stand out in the world.

For Your presence among us sets Your people apart and me apart from all other people on the earth. Exodus 33:16

This is what happens when we do Romans 12:1-2

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice - the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

This is what it means to worship God in spirit and in truth.

This is the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

This is the end result of obedience.

This is what God is at work in our lives for.

This is the God we serve.

This is the true working out of our salvation with fear and trembling.

He is at work in us for our good and for His good pleasure.

To see His children walking in truth. This is pleasing in His sight.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

This is God's will for us.

Who doesn't want to be that person?

I know I do.

With love,

Renee


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