Life in the Spirit

July 3, 2013

Life in the Spirit

John 6:63
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.”

We know all about that life in the Spirit. We have heard it all before. Then why do we spend so much time still in the flesh, operating out of fleshly mindsets, thinking and behavior? What we have heard with our ears and received with our minds has it become revelation and truth to our hearts? Are we going through the motions, but not experiencing and living out the reality of Spirit Life. John 6:63 says, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.” The Word of the Lord must become a quickening fire within us. It must burn up the chaff and refuse, while at the same time replacing it with Kingdom principles for divine living. Life change is brought about within us not just by a written word, but by a quickening word, one that brings about change of mind, thinking and doing.
“God, speak into our hearts change from the mundane, the ordinary, the routine and the way we have always done it.” We need the fire of the Holy Spirit within our bellies; we need joy in our hearts and purpose in our walk. We need God’s Word for our life and His Spirit power at work in us to bring it to pass. We are like little ships floating about in the ocean. They need a captain, they need direction and they need purpose. Some of us feel rather aimless in our lives because we are lacking some of these elements. We may have prayed about them, but we may feel we are rather clueless as far as where God wants to take us and what He wants to do with us. Don’t feel bad, that ship doesn’t know where it is going either, but if it has a good Captain, then He knows the destination. The ship merely has to respond to the Captain’s direction and course. Our functions and focus in life might change, but our purpose is always to be whatever and go wherever our Captain directs for His purpose. Where our ship gets in trouble is when mutiny or rebellion arises in our heart and we decide we want to determine our direction and purpose. Because we have a will and the right to exercise it, we can do that, but then we go off course from where our Captain would take us and how He would use us. He is the Captain for a reason, because His wisdom and purpose and abilities far exceed our own.
The only way that we can know the direction of the Captain is by being sensitive when He turns the wheel and redirects the rudder or when He increases or decreases our speed. We have to be in tune with the Spirit, because that is where those directions come from. God’s Word must be continually before us and the meditation of our hearts, because that is often the medium He uses to put His finger on a certain areas He wants to refine or where He wants to increase our understanding or bring new direction into our lives.
Romans 8:10 says, “And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness” Our ship has lost if it’s former purpose which was only self-serving. It now sails in the fleet of the Almighty, under the flag of righteousness and the blood of the Lamb. The one thing we do know is our purpose is about Him and no longer about us. “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:8)”
If we don’t fully know where we are going today, that is okay. The important thing is that we have the right Captain running the ship. He tells us in Proverbs 3:5-14, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth. Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.” The vessels of the Lord are destined to carry His merchandise and experience His gain. Keep the vessel clean, keep it seaworthy and keep it yielded to the Captain of our salvation.


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