How To Be Guided by The Spirit

Ephesians 4:13

My last meditation spoke about "How to Grow in the Spirit". Today I will like to speak on the topic "Live in the Spirit Unites Us".

So many of us speak of the Spirit of God without really knowing what the Spirit of God is all about. The Spirit of God not only guides us to grow, it guides us to be united to other Christians whether we think alike or not. See?, the Spirit allows for us to be united in the midst of our diversity, even if we don't all agree as to how the Spirit manifests in each one of us, we can speak the same spiritual language, LOVE.

spiritAllow me to explain my theory: In Acts 18:19 the Apostle Paul visits one of his churches in Ephesus for the first time to impart the anointing of the Holy Spirit so that they could live as followers of Christ. According to Acts 19:2, these believers received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, however, the converted Jews in the primitives churches tended to be exclusive and would separate from their gentile brothers and sisters. This is what brings Paul to write chapter 4 of the letter in Ephesians about the unity of the Church with the key verse in 4:13 "Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ".

In Ephesians 4:6, Paul exhorts them to be one body, one spirit, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of ALL. See brethrens? The function of the third person in the Trinity is to equip the saints to serve God in the mission that He has given us, which is to "go and make disciples of the entire world". Now, how can we do this without being united?

When you come to Christ you are sealed with His Holy Spirit and something extraordinary takes place, 1 Corinthians 12 happens, we are given spiritual gifts not to boast, but to drink of the Spirit "For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ, for by one spirit we were all baptized into the body, Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, and all were made to drink of one Spirit." V. 12-13

The unity in the Spirit brings to the Body of Christ: Growth, strength, victory, responsibility, power and the like. But how can we drink of the Spirit? We must: 1. Nurture ourselves with the Word of God, study it, eat of it, and talk about it. 2. Feel our hearts with every word out of the mouth of God and 3. Give; give abundantly of what you receive to your family, to your community of faith, to your society and even to the nation. I remember the words of John Kennedy: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country". You might think that what I am saying is very ambitious, but when you believe there are no barriers to what you can accomplish in His name. One person can change a nation; didn't Martin Luther King do it? Didn't Rosa Parks do it? Didn't Mahatma Ghandi did it?

What is God saying to us this morning?

  1. We must develop an Emmanuel Personality. The presence of God with us at all times.
  2. We must develop a private worship with God which will be seen publicly as we move on through life.
  3. We must consecrate our lives to Christ each morning. Think of the blessings received each night and be grateful in the morning.
  4. Congregate, a Christian that does not go to church every time there is a meeting will grow to be a fleshly, baby in Christ; he/she will never mature.
  5. Be active in your life in the Spirit; participate in the church ministry, bible studies, the sacraments, the offering, these things will enrich your Christian walk with Him.
  6. Walk with those who have been at the palace with the king, don't waste your time with those who have conformed to this world.

When you have an encounter with the Spirit of God, you have no choice but to be transformed by the power of his gifts and love. Then you become One with everyone who loves Him, and then your daily prayer will always be: "God makes us one, as you and your Son are One. ALELUYA, AMEN!!!

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