No one can come to God except through Jesus Christ (John 3:14), and no one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws them (John 6:44-47). The Father draws us, so we seek God. Everyone who seeks God does find Him (Luke 11:9). God speaks (Romans 10:17), and so does the enemy of our souls (John 8:44). God speaks His hope into our heart. God's hope sure. It is the thing that He intends to do. We choose to listen to God's voice and ignore the enemy (Hebrews 3:15). We listen if we have ears to hear (Matthew 13:9-13). Faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17). Faith gives us access to God's grace, God's Holy Spirit, His mercy and power (Romans 5:2). Jesus stands at the door and knocks, and we open the door to Him by faith. Grace, the free gift of God, flows in with wisdom, righteousness, holiness, redemption, love, joy, peace, and all that is needed to overcome the enemy of our souls. We choose to yield to the grace of God rather than trying to do our own human works (Romans 6:13). As sin reigned bringing death, in the same way grace can now reign in our hearts through the righteousness that is a free gift from God. God gives us righteousness because we ask Him for it and believe that He will give it. As we allow God to control us in this way and do His work through us, we are changed by degrees in ever more glorious likeness of Him (2 Corinthians 3:18). We increasingly take on His likeness and image. This leads to eternal life. (Romans 5:21)
God is calling to you. He is saying, "Let it flow." Let the anointing of the Holy Spirit flow. If you have ever been in a Spirit-led church service, you know what He means. The flow of God's Spirit is the most wonderful experience that you can ever have. It cleanses you from the inside out. God wants to go with you everywhere. The Holy Spirit is like a mighty river. Out of your innermost being, rivers of water flow. This is not a trickle or a sprinkling. Jesus wants to go with you everywhere... to work... to the store... to church... to everything you do.
As God's Spirit flows, He cleanses. He makes us clean, line on line and precept on precept, here a little and there a little. The Anointing Oil of the Holy Spirit is God's sweet judgment that cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:6-10). It cleanses us from all the things that Jesus did not author (Hebrews 12:2). It cleanses us from all that is not of faith (Romans 14:23).
God does His work through us. In this process, something of our carnal mind is transformed and cleansed. From glory to glory, God is now doing a work of transfiguring us and creating a clean heart in us. We can't store up the Holy Spirit (Jeremiah 2:12-14), but righteousness and holiness consist of a constant, perpetual flowing of the Anointing, the Holy Spirit, of God, which flows out of our innermost being as a fountain of living water (John 7:38-39). I don't understand all about how this works, and I have assurance in my spirit that understanding all of this is not necessary. The flow of the anointing is what is needed. Taking ground is one thing, but holding ground requires a mighty flow of God's power, because the enemy is always trying to win back ground through his deceitful and clever lies (Matthew 12:43-45). While we are faltering creatures, sometimes in the anointing and sometimes out of the anointing, God's will is that we always stay in the anointing and receive His blessing, whether at work, at play, in the home, in the church, or wherever we are. He works with us toward that goal.
In light of the fact that it is God who leads and it is God who works, we all need to realize that there is no way that a human being can self-generate victory. We can take ground and hold ground, but not by self-effort. This is a spiritual battle, and the victory is really a spiritual victory. There is no way that a human being can self-generate wisdom (Romans 1:28). Wisdom is a gift (James 1:5-8). Doing things right is also a gift (Romans 5:17). Doing things right is righteousness, although some theologies have tried to deceive us, but the one who does righteousness does right things (1 John 3:7).
The battleground of the current conflict is in the soul, which the Bible sometimes calls the mind or heart. Online Bible's Greek-English lexicon says that the word, quch psuche, is translated as soul, life, mind, and heart. The human is a three-part being, spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). In our spirits, we have great unity with the Holy Spirit, but the battle is for the soul, the mind, the heart, the life. We are tempted when we are drawn away by our own desires from our own minds (James 1:13-15), which are driven by principalities and powers and by the world (Ephesians 6:12). Our minds were created to be in submission to the mind of God. We were made to be in the anointing. Our minds are to be renewed, and they are renewed in the flow of the anointing.
Last updated: Oct, 2011
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