I have been pondering and praying about the spirit of man as well as the Holy Spirit lately. As most of you know man is made up of three parts: spirit, soul, and body. Every person has a spirit (really is a spirit living in a body) whether they have received the Holy Spirit or not. Check out 1 Cor. 2:10-16 as it explains that the spirit of man does not understand the things of God and no one knows the thoughts of God except the Holy Spirit and yet we have been given the Holy Spirit and therefore we can know, grasp, understand, and receive the things given to us freely by God. Take Romans 8:16 for example, that says the Spirit (The Holy Spirit) bears with our spirit (the spirit of man) that we are children of God. The Spirit teaches us God's reality. The Spirit leads us to see, understand, and know God's truths. It is only by the Spirit that we can know the truth of who God is, who we are in Him, what He feels, what we should pray, what we should say, what we should do, etc. It is the Spirit that aids us in bringing "His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven". The Spirit knows all things.
So now I have to mention a painful word... SURRENDER... Our own will hinders the work of the Spirit in us and through us. It is in absolute surrender that the Holy Spirit is given full reign to do His work in our lives. Complete surrender to the Lord of our spirit, soul, and body means full reliance on the Holy Spirit's guidance and I think that's just where I want to take off. In South Sudan, I saw a real life picture of complete reliance on the Spirit, it was beautiful, moving, inspiring, convicting, and let's really get to it... challenging.
I know I have blogged before about one of my favorite Corrie Ten Boom quotes, but I find my thoughts veering that direction yet again.
"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" ~Corrie Ten Boom
I'd just rephrase it for this blog... "Is the Holy Spirit your steering wheel or your spare tire?" I like what Mark Hankins says It's a shame to have a Genius living on the inside of us and yet we make decisions ourselves.
It's time to start training myself to rely on the Holy Spirit. It is only by being led by Him that I can live into the will of God for my life. It is by relying on Him that I can know God's reality. I find that God's reality is often way different than ours. God's reality is based off of what He is capable of doing when our reality is often simply based off of the circumstances in front of us. When we rely on the Holy Spirit we are able to step into faith and see more clearly what God can and will do in our lives.
So the question remains, is the Holy Spirit the steering wheel or the spare tire? Do I rely on Him everyday, for every decision ("In ALL my ways acknowledge Him") or is He just the spare tire I pull out in times of crises? Does the Holy Spirit only get acknowledged in the midst of big decisions and confusion or am I daily aware of His voice, guidance, nudging, conviction, and leading?
Just some thoughts. Be Blessed, J. Tate