Faith Child – For such a time as this

It was said of Queen Esther, that she was made a queen for such a time as she lived in, so that she could save her people from the schemes of a wicked man Haman, the hatchet man of the devil. And so are you born into your family, chosen for your workplace and church and living today for such a time as this. You are unique and so are the plans the Lord has for you.

You will  face choices every day to fulfil His plans for you.  As you make these choices,  do you see life from God’s perspective and live in a way that pleases Him?

The Holy Spirit is the power source for the Christian life.
Just as our relationship with God depends totally on what God has done through Jesus Christ, so the power to live the Christian life also comes totally from God. To live the Christian life as God intends, we must continually draw upon God’s power, through the Holy Spirit. But who or what is the Holy Spirit, and what does He do?

– He is God
“No one can know what anyone else is really thinking except that person alone, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world’s spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.” (1 Corinthians 2:11,12)

– He came to dwell in you
“But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you (and remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them are not Christians at all.” (Romans 8:9)

– He came to convict the world of sin and justice
“And when he comes, he will convince the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.” (John 16:8)

– He came to teach you the truth
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13)

– He came to glorify Christ
[Jesus speaking] “He will bring me glory by revealing to you whatever he receives from me.” (John 16:14)

– He confirms your relationship with God
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family–calling him ‘Father, dear Father.’ For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our heart and tells us that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:14-16)

– He is the source of Christ-like qualities in your life
“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23a)

[Jesus speaking] “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)

[Jesus speaking] “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere–in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Not all Christians experience the Holy Spirit’s power.
Although the Holy Spirit lives within all Christians, not all Christians are directed and empowered by him. The Bible tells us there are three kinds of people–natural, spiritual and carnal-representing different responses to God (see 1 Corinthians 2:12 – 3:3).

– The Natural Person This circle represents a person’s life, and the throne represents control. The natural person has not trusted Christ and the Holy Spirit does not dwell in him or her. Christ is not part of the person’s life; he is outside the circle. The natural person directs his or her own life.

– The Spiritual Person The spiritual person has accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and trusts in the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life. Christ is not only in this person’s life, but also directs it.

– The Carnal Person The carnal person has also accepted Jesus as Saviour, but trusts in his or her own efforts to live the Christian life. This person remains in control of his or her life and acts like the natural person. Christ is in the carnal person’s life, but does not direct it.

Which of these best represents your life?

You can be filled with the Holy Spirit.
In Ephesians 5:18, God commanded us:
“Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead let the Holy Spirit fill and control you.”
As we allow the Holy Spirit to fill and control us, He will produce godly character in us and enable us to tell others about Christ.

But how do we let the Holy Spirit fill and control us?

First, confess all known sin.
“If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened.” (Psalm 66:18)

Second, yield every area of your life to Christ.
“Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give into its lustful desires. Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God.” (Romans 6:12,13)

Third, trust the Holy Spirit to fill you.
This is possible only by faith-trusting God to shape your life as you yield control to Him. All you have to do is ask. God has promised to answer your requests which are in accordance with what He wants for you.

“And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for.” (1 John 5:14,15)

Since it is God’s will to fill you with his Spirit, you can trust Him to do so when you ask. Here is a suggested prayer:

“Dear Father, I know I have been directing my own life and, as a result, I have sinned against you. I thank you for forgiving my sins through Christ’s death on the cross. I now invite Christ to take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. As an expression of faith, I now thank you for taking control of my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit.”

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If so, pray it right now and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

You can be continually empowered by the Holy Spirit.

If you find you have retaken control of your life through sin, try “spiritual breathing.” You need to exhale the impure by confessing your sin, and inhale the pure by yielding control to Jesus and asking God, in faith, to fill you with His Spirit.

Exhaling
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong” (1 John 1:9). Also read Hebrews 10:1-25.

Remember, confession involves:
* Agreeing with God that you have sinned * Thanking him for having already forgiven you * Trusting him to change your wrong attitudes and actions

Inhaling
* Surrender control of your life to Christ * Trust him to direct and empower you

Suggestions for Further Growth

Continue to spend time alone each day with God in Bible reading and prayer.

Summary
The Holy Spirit is the power source for living out the Christian life. You need to continually confess your sins and trust God to control your life, asking Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit so that you fulfil His plans everyday,  for you have been born into His Kingdom for such a time as this.

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4 Responses to Faith Child – For such a time as this

  1. granbee says:

    I pray that we would all take very deep breaths together and become joined in communion through the power of the Holy Spirit!

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  3. I often think the Holy Spirit is rather neglected – at least in conversation. We speak of God the Father and we exalt the Lord Jesus, but seldom do we talk about how the Holy Spirit has directed our thoughts, or revealed a truth to us, or convicted us of something that needs to be done/corrected, or guided us in our decisions, or conforted and encouraged us when we are hurt, or given us the right words to speak, or . . . . .

    He is such an important part of our Christian experience, and while we are conscious of His work in us and through us, we need to acknowledge Him more for truly without Him, we could do nothing.

  4. ptl2010 says:

    My thanks for all those who read our blogs everyday and often show support in Like even with no further comment. Just your very presence on ChristianBlessings helps us carry on our work of Love to His glory on this blog site. We have not acknowledged your encouragement enough for such a time as this where discouragements, self seekers and discouragers abound. We thank you for your prayer support and comments too, and love in Jesus’ Name and may His grace and mercy abound in your lives is my prayer for you and your families and ministry. We need each other in this wicked world. I thank God for everyone of you on every occasion though I may have under expressed it. I pray each blog here will be an encouragement to you or a timely word in such a time for you. Praise the Lord for His sustaining presence with us. May all redound to His glory.
    ptl2010

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