“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” 2 Cor. 4:1
What mercy to impart such a friend in the Spirit! What preparation within for that which lies ahead. What strength to withstand any temptation. What joy we have yet to touch.
Who is God….that He sets His own Spirit within created man.
We cannot fully comprehend the strength He is storing within us, even the power that raised Christ from the dead.
I used to think that every time He warmed my heart, it was to convict.
Oh Spirit, teach us all here.
He is the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11)
And with Him, like Christ, we do not judge by what we see with our eyes or decide by what we hear with our ears.
He turns our face upward and inward and through Him…
we look beyond.
I’m privileged, honored to even learn of Him. I love talking about Him, to Him.
Let us learn of the strength He imparts. Paul exhorted the church at Corinth (2 Cor. 4) to not lose heart, because through Him, we can:
1. Renounce secret and shameful ways
“All of life is repentance”, according to Martin Luther.
There really is no secret thing with God. He is aware.
Have we all had our own little secrets? Just God and us. The Spirit will go with us to the cross. There is nothing dark enough, deep enough that surprises Him. He knows. He is waiting to help you and I. He will burn your heart until you want the light more than any sin. The truth more than any reputation. Here we learn, conviction is not His end game. It’s the starting gate.
Through his Spirit, we have strength to renounce – to speak out loud against those ropes Satan would use to tie us down.
The sin is the darkness – your soul was made for communion with the Light of the World. Bring all into the light. The Spirit will lead you, even do the cleansing.
2. Set forth the truth of God plainly
The Spirit enables the teaching of His truth. Here is the freedom for the prophet, the pastor, the called of God: His word does not go out void. It never falls on deaf ears. It will enter the heart, the mind, the soul. How each soul allows it to churn and change them – that’s God’s business.
We must press into the strength of the Spirit and find GREAT courage to set forth the truth from the WHOLE counsel of the Word of God. His Word is not easy, but it makes it no less true.
He leads us into ALL TRUTH. John 16:13
And because His Sword is the WORD, all leading must agree with that Word. Or truth it is not.
3. Commend ourselves to every man’s conscience
We get caught up by what we hear, see with our eyes, feel with our emotions. The Spirit is not confined by these things. He works where we cannot see. Mending relationships, providing understanding, chiseling away our pride. He works on the conscience of every man. Through Him, we put our upmost confidence in His ability to be our Defender.
We can come before any man, because He goes before us.
We can stay silent when our flesh says to speak out, because He covers our heart with humility.
4. Have triumph in suffering
Have you ever held a jar of clay? Quite breakable, indeed. Mineral dirt and water, dried up.
And within these temporary shells – He sets a treasure. Himself.
He is the unbreakable part of us.
This is why we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; Perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. (2 Cor. 4:8-9)
Oh we FEEL all those things – because we are still clay jars.
And deep within, there is a renewing. Day by day.
A hope He imparts. A verse He reminds us of. A friend He brings by.
Even His mercies are wrapped in cords of human kindness.
There is a strength, an enabling He offers that we will only experience when we have great need of it.
“as your days are, so shall your strength be.” Dt. 33:25
He is the rising up within you. In the midst of deepest doubt, greatest trial. He is the deep-gut yearning to GET BACK UP. He is the “Yes” in your spirit. You know you will get up again and you will praise Him and you will be there at the end of days to see His face.
James tell us our perseverance must “finish it’s work.” It is a long work to become like Christ.
What a gift in our Great Helper.
Join me this week, as we talk more about the person of the Holy Spirit.
Today, I’m linking up with Lyli at #thoughtprovokingthursday.