Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Hello church family,
As the body of Christ we are called to develop a lifestyle of being led by the Spirit of God – finding a way to submit our minds and hearts to the work of the Holy Spirit to be restored back to the way God intended them to be.
As most of us would understand, there are some areas of our lives which are aligned with God and are very pleasing to Him There are also other areas which are not so good. Paul said that we are in a process in our discipleship to Jesus. We are being “transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
This happens as we spend time with our Counselor, the Holy Spirit, and with the Scriptures and allow that change to take places inside of us and work it’s way out.
The world, the flesh and the devil wants to shape our hearts and minds. But as we spend time with God, God will develop discernment in us to know whether our thoughts come from the Holy Spirit and Scripture, or from the devil or from our own fallen nature.
While it may seem hard at first to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit, we can be assured that if we persist in having time with God and time in the Word, the wisdom of the Spirit will sink in and start to change us from the inside out.
As we begin to examine our motives and our mind, we will also have to ask the Holy Spirit to examine us and correct us.
So what can we do as we sit, listen and discern the voice of the Spirit?
Let me give you five questions based on Romans chapter 8 that you can regularly ask yourself. These questions can help us to have deeper, heart shaping conversations with the Holy Spirit which can lead us to be more specifically led by Him.
1. Where am I living under condemnation?
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
It will be hard to discern the Holy Spirit’s leading for your future if you can’t believe the truth of what Christ has done for your past.
When mistakes come, allow Him to lift your heart up and fill it with thankfulness and peace knowing you are forgiven.
Yes, your motives and actions need to be shaped and molded, but forgiveness covers every mistake.
2. What thoughts are preoccupying my mind right now?
“Those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5).
Paul writes to the Philippine church to set their thoughts on what is true, honorable, just, pure, and gracious (Philippians 4:8)? If we find ourselves feeding our minds with that which wars against those attributes, it may be time to change our diet.
You can ask the Holy Spirit to deliver you from anything that is not pleasing to him. You can change what is forming your thoughts by changing what we read, listen to, and surround ourselvesf with.
4. What weakness do I need the Holy Spirit to strengthen today?
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought.” (Romans 8:26).
There are plenty of times where we have more in our life than we can handle, or even feel we can pray for.
Take inventory of what your schedule and your soul is carrying right now. How heavy is it?
God is most glorified in our weakness, so let’s learn how to be real with them. Take them to God and allow the grace of the Holy Spirit to help lift your burdens.
5. Do I believe that nothing can separate me from the love of God… really?
“When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16). “I am sure that . . . nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
God the Father loves you more than you know. He wants us to walk in confidence that we are being watched over by Him.
It is His perfect love that drives out fear. (1 John 4:18). Fear of the future. Fear of not being enough. Fear of not having enough. We are loved when when we cannot sense it – so let’s ask God to reveal that love to us daily.
If you struggle with this, take these scriptures, meditate on it and let the Spirit build up your confidence in God today.
A life in the Spirit is a journey that lasts a life time.
While life changes constantly, God does not. And He will guide us through those changes and teach us how to live. It takes time. It takes intentionality. It takes sacrifice. But it is worth it to live a life close to the One who created us, loves us and wants to be our constantly companion.
Have a blessed day,
Pastor Cris Buck