Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Led by the Spirit.

"But what God wants us to do is to “walk by faith.” How many of us have set ourselves aside as if to say, “I cannot do anything else until God appears to me”? He will never do it. We will have to get up on our own, without any inspiration and without any sudden touch from God. Then comes our surprise and we find ourselves exclaiming, “Why, He was there all the time, and I never knew it!” Never live for those exceptional moments— they are surprises. God will give us His touches of inspiration only when He sees that we are not in danger of being led away by them. We must never consider our moments of inspiration as the standard way of life— our work is our standard." - Oswald Chambers

I find myself living this way all the time.  Claiming I can't make a decision, move forward, create anything, or do anything, until I hear from God.  This is a cop-out.  God commands us, and expects us as children of God, to have faith, confidence, and persistence.  We are to walk in step with the spirit, and trust that he is guiding our decisions.  I find myself wanting God to make hard decisions for me, instead of allowing him to use a situation where I have to make a hard decision to teach me something new, or stretch me in a new way.  The most, productive, free, and respectable people I know seem to have one thing in common, they don't obsess over the will of God in their lives.  Instead, they live with confidence and freedom, trusting that God is leading them.  I think this is a life lesson that I'm yet to learn completely.  I think the key is to be in prayer and meditation every day.  Speaking and interacting with the holy spirit, and allowing myself to be transformed into a person that is full of the peace, and clarity that comes from communion with the living God.  My prayer today is that I would pray, listen, and be still more often, and that in turn my actions and decision would reflect the Holy Spirit living and breathing through me.  - Jon.


  1. Amen! I get to teach on the Holy Spirit tonight at a Bible study...good reminder! The Holy Spirit wants our attention; he wants to fellowship with us. What a thought! And we're all on the journey of learning to keep in step with him - not running ahead, and not lagging behind.

    Blessings on you guys and your ministry!

  2. Woooalll. What great post! I agree. I find myself living this way too. We need to know that He is teaching us everyday and we are able to do good choises when we trust at the work of Holy Spirit inside us.

  3. Our Father doesn't promise a life of ease but in fact a life of bumps and sometimes bruises...What He does promise is He will walk and sometimes carry us through those bumps and bruises.

    Thank you Jon for sharing and have a blessed day with Him.

  4. Jon, y'all came to our church about two months ago in VA (Open Door) -- thanks for coming! You are all such a blessing.

    A mentor of mine says that the will of God isn't a fragile thing. I am also trying to grow in this -- though I will always be his daughter, I'm also not supposed to stay a kid but to grow up and this means taking ownership of the steps I take and decisions I make.

    My friend shared similar thoughts here: http://carlyfarver.theworldrace.org/?filename=something-new