19. God's Spirit gives us life

Last week we learned that we should not quench the workings of the Spirit. We should not hinder Him to move mightily in our lives. We should grow in our knowledge of God and allow Him to move mightily through us. He wants to. He is full of life, in fact He gives life as we see in 2 Corinthians 3:6. Without Him we are as good as dead, with no hope and no future. We need Him, more than we realise. He is full of life and miraculous power; let us have a look at a couple of Scriptures:

"He, Who supplies the Spirit to you, works miracles among you." Galatians 3:5

"It is the Spirit Who gives life; the flesh profits nothing." John 6:63

"But if the Spirit of Him Who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He Who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you." Romans 8:11

The life-giving, miracle working Spirit lives within us. Isn't that just wonderful to know? And notice in Romans 8:11, His Spirit gives life to our mortal bodies, not our bodies one day, but the bodies that we have here and now. He gives life to us. His life flows in torrents in our veins and makes us truly alive! Then why do we feel so tired and run down? Why do we feel as if the opposite is true? The Bible tells us the reason for that as well:

"For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." Romans 8:6

Now to be 'carnally minded' is to be more persuaded by what this world tells you than what God's Spirit tells you. You believe what your five senses tell you instead of believing what His Spirit tells you. And the Bible clearly tells us that this results in death. Death here is the Greek Word 'Thanatos', which can be translated as 'death comprises all the miseries resulting from sin'. Notice, all the miseries resulting from sin. Therefore it is not only physical death, but also the misery of a broken marriage, the misery of stress, the misery of alcoholism, the misery of losing friends due to gossiping, the misery of rushing and achieving little, the misery of illness due to stress etcetera. If you are carnally minded you will feel run down, tired, lacking joy and fulfilment and be stressed out. And yes, a Christian can be carnally minded. Unfortunately most are...

But on the other hand, if you are spiritually minded, if you believe what the Word tells you, then you have life and peace. 'Life' in Greek means 'Zoe', 'a happy life active and vigorous, devoted to God, with every kind of blessing, the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last forever'. Isn't that good news? If we are spiritually minded we will have life here on earth, and not only life, a happy life with every kind of blessing. And we will have peace. That is good news; that is news worth sharing with unbelievers.

And therefore we are back again to what goes on in our thought life. It is vitally important that our thought life be focused on Him and on His Word and that we give His Spirit free reign within us to move as He pleases. True success is found in thinking like He thinks. And it is possible; the Word tells us that in several places, amongst others 1 Corinthians 2:16 that tell us that we have the mind of Christ.

Change your thoughts and allow His Spirit to give you life. You will be so glad that you did. Life, peace and joy will be your constant companions. Rejoice, the Kingdom of God has come and the King lives within you. He is your compass, your GPS. Follow Him and you will never get lost.

Thank you Father for the life that You came to give us. Help us to focus our minds rather on You than on the carnal. Being carnally minded brings only death to us and we know that is not what You want for us. We want to focus on You and You alone. You are our God and King. Amen

4 comments for “19. God's Spirit gives us life”

  1. Gravatar of MadelMadel
    Posted Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 8:35:33 PM

    Thanks for the reminder- we get so easily caught up in our daily struggles.

  2. Gravatar of HenriHenri
    Posted Friday, August 4, 2017 at 9:30:25 AM

    Your statement that " True success is found in thinking like He does" is so true. We have the mind of Christ - therefore we can think like He does.

  3. Gravatar of karlienkarlien
    Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 4:49:31 PM

    Yes, we need Him more than we realise, He IS full of life and miraculous power.. Thank you dear Ilse for your inspiring messages..

  4. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7:18:54 AM

    How powerfully the Lord speaks through you! Sometimes we act as if we are lame.......

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