Journal Entry ~ 01/14/19

being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; - Colossians 1:11

We know when we are filled with the Spirit, we will experience the strength to endure, the patience our heart desires, and the joy of His presence. God has made no provision for us to live the Christian life, only for Him to live his life through us. 

The problem is that many of us read a verse like this and think to ourselves:  I need to be stronger, I need to have more patience and endurance, or I need to have more joy. But every time we do that, it’s a fail. God has made no provision for us to live the Christian life, only for Him to live his life through us. We simply cannot do it alone. We cannot live this Christian life without him - we cannot be all He has called us to be in our own power. The Holy Spirit IS the Christian life. He lives through every yielded follower who acknowledged their life is not their own. 

We know there are ways we can grieve or quench the Spirit, but it’s also important to know how to be filled by the Spirit. First and foremost, we need to recognize our need to be filled,  and and we need to yield to it. Stop taking responsibility for things that were never your responsibility in the first place. You were not created to be strong enough, loving enough, patient enough, good enough. 

Secondly, confess all known sin. As the spirit brings your sins to mind, confess them and forsake them. Ask the lord how you are grieving, quenching, resisting the Spirit. My friends, we miss so much because the Spirit isn't able to speak to us. Seek him. Quiet your soul and listen to Him. Then confess for where you have failed Him. 

Third, yield yourself completely to God's spirit. Allow him to use you however he wants to without hesitation. Ask Him to fill you with His Spirit in prayer, then do those things you know strengthen the Spirit - spend time in His Word, serve other people, worship Him with music, spend time with other believers. 

If you take the time to work on those things that fill your soul with His Spirit, you will feel His strength, you will know His patience and endurance, and you will experience His joy. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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