“…but ever be filled and stimulated with the (Holy) Spirit.”
Today’s challenge under the Willow Tree is to be literally “transformed”. No big deal, right? And this is how we are going to do it …but ever be filled and stimulated with the (Holy) Spirit. (Eph. 5:18) This is serenity – simplicity – Spirit – and following Jesus unto God. This is the motto of our Willow Tree and the Fellowship I started with our small group. This is the church getting back to being the church!
God’s church either works by the power of the Holy Spirit or it does not work at all. If were not filled and stimulated by the Holy Spirit, then we have settled for far less than the treasure God has for us, and far less than His will!
The Amplified version of the Bible sets the stage for this declaration with this very plain challenge: (Verse 17) > “Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.”
This is what I call “Plain Speak”. There is no wiggle room in those words. Our “Sword of Significance” is calling us to something supernatural because it is empowered by a Ghost! And not a friendly ghost, but “The Holy Ghost”!
God has not called us to be good people in the earth, but to be godly people, and for that we need power from heaven! Can I live a samurai life unto Christ? One who serves? Devoted to my Master?
Jesus had spent over three years personally training his disciples in the Word and Will of God, and yet he knew they still lacked the most important thing. Even as he was leaving this earth, he had to tell them to WAIT. You’re not ready yet. If you run out to save the world now, YOU WILL FAIL! And fail miserably.
“And while being in their company and eating at the table with them, he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, Of which, he said, you have heard me speak. For John baptized you with water, but not many days from now you shall be baptized with — placed in, introduced into — the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1: 4-5 Ampl.)
In verse 8 Jesus adds: “But you shall receive power — ability, efficiency and might — when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”
Want to be transformed? Do you want to have ability, efficiency and might that does not come from your own power? How does it happen? Our Sword of Significance tells us in Romans 12:2 that first of all we must break away from conformity to this world and be transformed by the entire renewing of our minds. This is a supernatural renewal that must be sought through the power of the Holy Spirit in us.
Most Christians in modern churches today need to stop what they are doing and WAIT. Waiting is one of the hardest things for us to do, but we got to get back to “the true will of God”! And the true way of God.
“Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.”
How firm is your grasp on the will of God, oh thou warrior of Christ? And how firm is His grasp on you? “They call me Lord, but do not what I say.”
Do not be discouraged, but rise up in spiritual valor (courage) and be challenged! Be inspired! Enter the fire! Become a true Sword tempered in the flames of Christ, his Holy Spirit! I write these things not only to encourage you, but to encourage myself as well!
God will give us all we need to succeed in our quest if we ask from a pure heart. If we metaphorically WAIT in Jerusalem (the City of Peace, Prince of Peace, true faith) to be empowered of Spirit and not flesh.
Yes, this means real prayer will have to become more important. Study and renewing of our mind higher on our priority list. When we call Him Lord our words speak true. And then…ACTION! For God will use us in a greater way than we have ever known if we will simply wait, seek, trust, and OBEY.
The true church is the only hope this world has. It is the only hope it has ever had, a city of light set on a hill. Without seeing that pure STANDARD, the world is slowly sucked into the blackness of the Days of Noah. On who’s watch shall it occur?
The weeping willow welcomes you to a peaceful place, even in spite of all the chaos of this world, where the beauty of God can be renewed in us, and others. Invite your friends to the Willow Tree. Amen. (Our series continues.)