Lord, I am ready to go with thee both to prison and to death.
Biko, what exactly is wrong with that statement? Does it not appear like words of consecration? Aren’t those words similar to the lyrics from some of our hymns and the songs we sing? Yet look at Jesus’ reply to those exact words made by Peter.
…And he said, ‘I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. Luke 22:34
This is what I’d have expected Jesus to do. Pat him on the back and say, ‘that’s my boy’ or become so impressed by those words that He’d call the other disciples apart and say, ‘Come and learn from Peter.’
How many times have we talked so excitedly about the spiritual activities we plan to engage in or our step-by-step plans on how to live the Christian life and yet along the line we struggle so hard and our words seem to have no effect.
What about those bible discussion plans you made with some of your friends and at some point everyone lost interest or it became a tiring meeting.
What about couples who while courting had serious plans to build their marriage on the Word and prayers but devotion has either fizzled out or has become a mere routine?
Personally, I’ve lost count on the number of times I made decisions not to indulge in a particular habit but I acted worse, so much that I wished I hadn’t said anything in the first place.
Did Peter deny Jesus as Christ predicted? Yes he did. Did he not run away when Jesus was arrested? boy, he disappeared.
A similar scenario took place in Exodus 25 when the Lord gave Moses instructions and regulations which he took to the people of Israel. This was their response:
‘All the people answered with one voice, ‘We will do everything the Lord has commanded.’
Before the end of forty days, the Israelites had gone against their word and disobeyed God. There was massive death in their camp. Three thousand obituaries actually. Out of all of those who made that declaration, only Joshua and Caleb made it to the promise land. The rest died in the wilderness.
What’s my point exactly?
Confidence in the flesh is the pathway to a continuous life of struggle.
As long as you presume on your strength, forming Mr Mancho, you are in for a long painful ride.
Let me just state it here as quickly as possible. Your desire to fulfil God’s instructions must be fueled by a total dependence on the Holy Spirit otherwise you will remain the same.
Right now, God is seeking an opportunity to draw your heart away from yourself towards a rest in His ability to get you out of that situation.
Can we quickly look at these scriptures together?
…But if you through the power of the Spirit put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. Romans 8:13.
Every time we lose sight of that clause, ‘through the power of the Spirit’ we forget that it is the most important factor here and that without it, no progress. Your title in church cannot help you, the years you have spent as a Christian cannot solve this, the resolutions and chanting of songs like ‘the world behind me, the cross before me, no turning back,’ will be nothing than mere words. The Holy Spirit makes the difference.
You have to come to a point where when nothing seems to be working in your life, your gaze is completely fixed on the Holy Spirit knowing with full assurance that He has the answer and will show you what steps to take.
For many, when they got born-again, there was this hunger and passion for God but in a couple of years, everything became boring and religious. Paul clearly states the solution to this lukewarmness when he asked the Galatians this question.
‘Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? Galatians 3:3
The Holy Spirit is the way out of every struggle.
You don’t deal with lukewarmness by trying not to be lukewarm. An end comes by turning your focus on the Holy Spirit.
I seriously do not know of any other way. I’m showing you what has worked for me so far.
I have learnt and I’m still learning to trust Him completely even when I don’t see the results I desire. I am learning daily not to fret or listen to the lies of the devil and rather stay with the Word that tells me the Holy Spirit is my comforter, my guide, my help, my strength, my advocate, my intercessor and much more.
Right now, I’m pleading with you to practice the presence of the Holy Spirit even now that you can’t understand what why life is turning out the way it is.
I’m asking that you stop listening to the lies of the devil and commune with the Holy Spirit, letting him into your pains, your tears, your hopes, your desires. He listens.
I’m wishing you’d have an unwavering faith in the blessed Holy Spirit who is the river of living water flowing incessantly in us and draw daily for freshness.
I’m praying you’d quit trying to figure life out by your own ability and allow Him show you how to truly live.
I’m again pleading with you to co-operate with the Holy Spirit. Let him lead the pace as you stop anxiously running the parade.
He will never fail you.
I end with this scripture.
And all of us, as with unveiled face, (because we) continued to behold in the Word of God as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His own very image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the LORD WHO IS THE SPIRIT. 2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP.
If you have to say it a hundred times in the middle of that struggle, tell the Holy Spirit how much you trust him and your willingness to listen to whatever He has to say. Spend time in the Word.
Open your mouth and speak to your mind about your best friend. Your mind needs to get the gist. Let it know that you believe the power of the Holy spirit can birth the supernatural in you…and that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
Finally, have a heart to obey as he prompts your heart to make certain decisions and commitment in your faith walk. The Spirit life is a life of faith from start to finish.
Oh yes…We have a best friend on whom we can depend.
Related: When the Holy Spirit Comes