Today, as I awakened, I realized that I had choices to make. Either I was going to go about my day in a frenzy, accomplishing the things on my to-do list or sit quietly for a moment. In that moment, I read scripture and seek my Heavenly Father’s face before moving into the day. On most days, I make the right choice. On the days I get distracted, I can always realize the result of doing things my way at the end of the day. In reality, as a believer, we are caught between two worlds; the one we live in and the other in which we are citizens of.
Don’t believe me? Scripture says, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,…” (Philippians 3:20).
Doing Right or Wrong
We may be torn between two worlds, but we should never be torn between right and wrong. The Holy Spirit in us is a constant reminder of how we should talk, walk, act and live our lives. Last weekend, we had a work day at our church. The men showed up, and I came to work on setting up worship overheads on the computer. While I was in the sanctuary working, one man starting telling the others about a local business owner and his lewd choices of living. Mind you, the man who was speaking was a young believer, but not necessarily young in the body. After he had spoken, I began to cringe on the inside. “Oh Lord, help this man grow up spiritually----Fast!”
About twenty minutes later the man saw me in the back of the sanctuary working away on the computer and approached. When he walked up, he said, ‘You know, I’m sorry for talking about that guy the way I did. I didn’t mean any malice by it, I thought it was funny. However, while I was saying all those things, I sensed that I should not be speaking, but I just kept on going!”
I smiled and replied, “That thing you sensed was the Holy Spirit. I used to be just like you, talking about anyone I wanted to, but now the Holy Spirit will not let me get away with a thing.”
He laughed and then replied, “I need to learn to listen to Him more and stop running over Him—huh?”
Smiling I answered, “I think you just did.”
As Believers’ We Have Choices
Some in the church think they have no choices in life when it comes to living holy. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Our Heavenly Father does not force His will on us, but if we have chosen to pick up our cross and follow Jesus, we will want to know God’s will and abide by it. It is not natural for our spirit to want to follow the Holy Spirit. Our flesh at times will kick and scream all the way. The more we submit to His leading, the easier it becomes. Just when you think you are doing well following Him, something will happen to test your ability to overcome evil with good. I will be the first one to say that it is difficult to live in a fallen world without being tempted, but it is not impossible to stay on the narrow path. Once we realize that the power of the Holy Spirit reigns in us, we can allow His power to rule or reign moment by moment or ignore him. In Scripture, Paul says,
“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1: 8-9)
You see, when we have the Holy Spirit in us, we learn to rely upon God, and not ourselves. In other words, we are alive to God, dead to self. There is not anything or anyone who can hurt us if we are dead to self. If we take offense, we have not died to self. If we are tempted beyond the means to make right choices, we have not died to self.
It did not happen overnight for any believer to realize the truth of dying to self. We are taught in school to rely upon our own memories, our own talents and own abilities to be successful. However, to rely on God, we must lay ownership down and give our lives to Christ.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21)
by Jane Morin
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Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!