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Friends, I found a fun video that does a great job of summarizing what it means to have God animate our lives with His Spirit. Please take a look at this creative explanation of what it means to live a Spirit-filled life.
Did you find it helpful? Are you in tune with the Spirit of God? Let me offer some more practical ways to think about it. I remember when I first learned to drive. The idea of yielding the right of way was drilled into my mind! The rule says that when you and another vehicle arrive at a controlled intersection at the same time, you yield to the person to your right. Failure to do so can lead to a crash! You’re also supposed to yield to pedestrians who walk into an intersection. If you’re turning left, you yield to the oncoming traffic when there is no stop sign or lights to stop the traffic.
In the same way, we need to learn to yield to the presence of God’s Spirit in our lives. In other words, when I approach a “crossroads” in my life, I must yield to His will and way and not my own. It may be a relational crossroads where I’m tempted to be impatient or even angry with someone but the Holy Spirit is at the intersection, and asking me to allow Him to produce patience and kindness instead of impatience or meanness. I yield to His presence and power.
How about the crossroads of generosity? The Holy Spirit is there at the intersection with you and me, and asks us to be generous and sacrificial in our giving. Let’s say we don’t want to be generous but the Holy Spirit is prompting us. Will we get out of His way and allow Him the right of way? I think you get the idea. This week you will approach a lot of crossroads in your daily life. Who will you yield to? Your desires? The Holy Spirit?
Here are some questions to think about or to share and answer with a friend or family member:
What is sanctification?
Was the video’s explanation of sympathetic vibration and its parallel to sanctification helpful in your understanding of holiness? If so, how?
What is the difference between passive and active sanctification? How do we attain both?
How can we yield to God’s presence and power in our lives?