The Importance of a Spirit-filled Life Part 5

When you fellowship with God and walk in obedience to Him, it will be evident to all!

 

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, when you’re motivated by the Holy Spirit, and when you are aglow with God, you can praise God and thank Him under all circumstances. No one likes to go through a test. But in every test and trial, you can thank God that it is another opportunity to believe Him. It is another opportunity to exercise and develop your faith.

It’s not only important to maintain a Spirit- filled life, but it’s also important to consecrate and dedicate your life to God in order to maintain the glow. Consecration and dedication should be a continuous thing. You don’t just consecrate and dedicate once and for all.

Did you ever notice Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane? When Jesus was in the garden with Peter, James, and John, he went a little farther than the rest. He fell to His face and prayed,”... .0 my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” (Matt. 26:42). After seeing that His disciples had fallen asleep. Jesus went back to His place of prayer and prayed the same prayer again. As you read the passage, you’ll find that he did this three times.

You need to pray some prayers over and over again. Some prayers that I prayed years ago, I’m still praying today. These prayers are the prayers of consecration and dedication. When you pray these prayers, you are telling the

Lord that you’ll go where He wants you to go and you’ll do what He wants you to do.

The reason for continually praying these prayers are that we don’t always know what He wants us to do. But we must be willing to do whatever He wants us to do.

I used to pray this prayer of consecration and dedication when I was younger. I found out what He wanted me to do, and today I’m doing what I saw back then. I would pray, “Lord, I’ll do what you want me to do, and I’ll go where you want me to go. And it happened.

Here is another interesting thing along these same lines, In 1991 I was preparing to retire from active duty, then the strangest thing happen. The Army placed me on orders for Germany. In the natural I did not want to go. But when I prayed the prayer of consecration and dedication I decided to obey God and the Army, and go on to Germany as ordered. And you know what? The Lord used me in a mighty way and trained me for what I am doing right now. Praise God?

If you’re going to maintain the glow and stay filled with the Holy Spirit, learn the importance of speaking to yourself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs and consecrating and dedicating your life to the Lord. When you do, it will be easy to maintain the glow and live a Spirit-filled life.

 

 

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Word for Today: "Take On New Challenges "

Many people aspire to promotion but few are willing to step up and do what needs doing.  Those few that do usually rise to positions of leadership and the truth is, influence flows to those willing to shoulder responsibility.  Malcolm Forbes once wrote, “Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it.  Those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.”  The Book of Proverbs states, “The hand of the diligent will rule.”  I hope you are a person that is willing to take on new challenges.