GOD IS OUR KEEPER AS WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT

Walking in the Spirit may look or feel bad but it is the only way to bear fruit. If we are continuously led around by the emotions and intellect of the soul realm we’ll never live in the love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control that is found in the Holy Spirit.

How many times have you lost your cool because things didn’t turn out the way you planned? I remember a time when I was running late for lunch and I started to feel frustrated. The thought occurred to me “I can get upset and agitated and still be late or I can just do what I’m doing, keep my peace and get there when I get there.” Those are the moments when you realize “I am not my keeper–God is, because if I was the keeper I would have thrown a fit by now!”

The Bible says, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24) God is in the business of sanctifying us and making us complete and blameless in Christ! Did you catch that last part? “He also will bring it to pass.”

Jesus told his disciples just before his arrest and crucifixion, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives.” The world’s version of peace only comes with the end of all wars and conflicts which will never happen. Jesus’ peace reigns even in the midst of the war and conflicts because his peace is a peace from within. With the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives we can live in the same sin-soaked world as everyone else but we can have peace and contentment.

Even though we still live in a world where things break down and they don’t always go our way, we live our lives based on how God sees us rather than on how our circumstances appear. We are told to “walk by faith not by sight.” We live our lives with the understanding that Christ is all we need. When we received him, we received all we need for life and godliness. If we find ourselves needing patience, we look to him and discover he is our patience. When the need is a little bit of faith, we discover it is really his faith that is sustaining us. No matter what our need, he is sufficient.

Louie

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LETTING THE HIDDEN PERSON SHINE

 “Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.” (1 Peter 3:3&4)

Since the fall of man we have been attracted to flashy jewelry, clothes, cars, houses etc. When Adam chose to be drawn out into the external realm of life he became enamored with the earthly. Right from the start he and Eve created garments to cover themselves with from fig leaves. I think this indicates our need on a subconscious level to be covered in the glory of God.

It seems that before Adam and Eve disobeyed, by eating the forbidden fruit, they were covered in the glory of God. As soon as they broke the one law God had given them they saw that they were naked and covered up. Since then our entire history has been filled with new and elaborate ways in which to cover ourselves and hide from God while from God’s perspective it has been getting us to come to the realization that we are in need of an eternal, internal covering instead.

The verse above is speaking specifically to women but it is really talking to us all when it tells us our adornment is to come from within our spirits not merely on our exterior level. All the outer is destined to perish but the inner is being renewed day by day. Don’t misunderstand; I don’t think this is telling us we have to run around looking drab and homely all of the time but what its saying is real beauty, lasting beauty comes from within.

As we grow older the clothing, makeup and surgeries will fail us and all that will be left for us is the shine that comes from God’s Spirit. You know the shine I’m talking about; it’s the one that comes from having peace and contentment in life, a peace that passes understanding. The older you get the more you start to appreciate quiet moments and being able to just sit still. We are, after all, human beings not human doings.

Written by Louie