How to Short-Circuit the Holy Spirit
I have a bucket list – a partial look at this list includes…
• to attend an NCAA Division I college football championship; done
• to attend the final game of a world series; done
• to visit the Grand Canyon; done
• to shoot even par; this will never happen
• to attend an NCAA Division I college basketball final four; done
• to retrace the steps of the Reformation in Scotland; will complete in July
• to preach for 50 years; close
• to attend a Super Bowl; too much money but I can still dream
As I reviewed this list, I wondered how many of us include in our bucket lists to live fully in the power of the Holy Spirit even if just for one day. Can that ever really happen in this life? Can I ever wake up one morning and expect that I can live a full 24-hour period in complete obedience to Christ in sinless perfection? Can I ever hope to live in such communion with the mind and will of Jesus that I can say to the lame man, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk?” What is it that hinders me from experiencing God is such a way that I can walk in step with the Spirit in perfect submission? Is it possible to live life through the grid of this call to holiness?
Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:5b-11 E.S.V)
Over the next few weeks in this mini-devotional I will propose some major obstacles to living in such overwhelming victory and power. Now, this is not to say that I have a recipe that will enable you to heal the leper and raise the dead. But there is a power that God intends for every one of His kids to experience and that few ever do. Meditate on this passage and the next time we will begin to look at the major short-circuits of spiritual power.
And talking about that bucket list – I’m asking myself, where does this call from our Father fit into my personal bucket list? How about yours?
In His grip,
Dr. Chuck F. Betters
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