“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
“Do not quench the Spirit.”
1 Thessalonians 5:19
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“No Miss, I don’t — I can’t do that, Miss,” he said.
“Of course you can,” I replied. “Have you even tried?”
“Well you should. Here,” I held out the spoon.
I held his little hands and we began to stir the mixture. After a few strokes I let go and he kept stirring, a slight grin appearing on his face.
“Look! You’re doing it!”
His grin widened to a big smile and his strokes got stronger and faster.
“Miss,” he glanced up, “I can cook!”
There’s another piece to the last post: the work of the Holy Spirit. I fully believe that God gives us individual desires and passions — and that He fully intends to use them. It’s twofold, really. There are things we’re passionate about, and there are things we don’t have passion for. It’s how God wires us. For instance, I am passionate about children and teaching, but I am not passionate about speaking to large groups, especially if there are other adults. But there’s a bigger, overarching passion.
The passion for Jesus and knowing and loving Him overcomes everything. Every. single. thing. My desire to bring Jesus praise is greater than my desire to love children, to write, to be active, to work — and I need to keep myself in check to make sure my ultimate passion is for Jesus alone.
It’s this passion that causes us to allow the Holy Spirit to work in varying degrees. I believe that He works on His own time frame, but I also believe that if I’m not yielded to Him, He won’t do as much in and through me as He wants to. My passions and fears do not need to limit Him.
It’s not really about us, this life… It’s about Him. If He wants to use us to do something, why should we say no? We only have a few years here on earth. We aren’t the ones in control. Sure, He has [amazingly] given us the power to choose, to say yes or no, but He’s the one in charge. He can get His work done regardless of what we decide we want to do, but isn’t it wonderful to say yes to those things He asks of us? To say yes to the opportunities He gives us, and be a part of His work?
As we grow closer to Him, we know more about His voice. We can hear Him better, know His will better, see Him working all around us. Paul tells us not to quench the Spirit. When He asks something of us, or tries to tell us something, we need to listen and obey. We answer to Him.
Just like the boy in my cooking class, we often don’t see the end result. We don’t immediately see the joy and peace that come with following God, or the fact that all obstacles are overcome in Jesus’ Name. Instead, we see our fears and inabilities and decide His requests and offers aren’t really in our best interest. But have you noticed that they actually are? Have you noticed that what He wants is a deep, loving relationship with you?
If God wants to do something in me, or through me, I don’t want to stop Him. I want to live freely in His Spirit and allow Him to do what I see as carnally impossible. He is power, and He is in me. I believe in His power and manifestation, and I believe that He is who He always has been. Though I have to fight Satan to stay mentally free, I always want to be in a position to say yes to Jesus. You too?
This God we serve is the God of miracles and power. He is trustworthy, and deserving of every ounce of our praise. Thank You, Jesus.