Devotions, WRITING

Living Beyond Yourself Week Two

This Week I had the privlege to guest post on the Bible Study Café. I was really nervous about guest blogging for the almost 200 women that are participating in this study but as soon as I sat down with my workbook and my bible the words just started to flow. Here is a copy of my post:

In Week 2 of Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore, we learn to live by the Spirit we must first get to know the Spirit. The Holy Spirit had a hand in the Earth’s creation (Gen 1:1-2) and has been here with God since the beginning of time. We learn the Holy Spirit helped create us as individuals. (Luke 1:35)  I find it amazing that the same Spirit that helped with creating the planet and us as individuals, is the Spirit Jesus sent to us to be our comforter and friend! This week we studied some of the spirit’s different attributes and how we as believers are to be truly and utterly dependent on the Spirit.

Scripture after scripture assures us that the Holy Spirit is very important in our walk with Christ. Not only does the scripture prove this but it also proves that the Holy Spirit is a key element of the trinity of the Father himself. (Matt 28:19) In other words, the Holy Spirit plays a key role in our relationship with God our heavenly father. The seal of the Holy Spirit makes us joint heirs with Christ. We are bought with the blood of the lamb and sealed with it by the Holy Spirit!

This week we learned to live the life FULL of the fruit of the Spirit.  As believers we MUST make a daily choice to yield ourselves allowing Him to fill us. In the audio/video Beth talks about her morning ritual and I really took this to heart. We must yield ourselves, in other words pour ourselves out so that God can pour Himself into us. This in the end helps us to pour out His love and minister to others, living a Spirit Filled life. Ever wondered sometimes why everything some days seems to go wrong. Work issues come up, coffee spilled on the rug, you and your husband got into a bit of an argument. We’ve all had those days. These are signs that were not taking that special time even it’s only 5 minutes in the morning for God to pour into us. Those moments are key in our spirit filled life.

We learned we have the capability of hurting the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit has feelings. (1 Thess 5:19) (Eph 4:30) We can actually prevent the Holy Spirit from his fullness in our lives. We do this by resisting His authority. When God tells us to do something, do we do it? Do we say no? I had to ask myself this hard question. Have I done this? Am I doing it now? Now I don’t bring this up for anyone to condemn themselves or feel bad, because as we learned in our homework, God has a heart of forgiveness and cleanses us from these things. If you do feel that way though, take a moment to spend some time with God and talk to Him about this. I don’t know about you but I want to live a life ABLAZE with the Holy Spirit and in no way want to hinder Him in my life or in my walk with Him.

No matter what we’re going through and no matter what life throws at us, if we live a life yielded to the Holy Spirit, He is right there to pick us up in weakness and enable us to do the impossible. I really hope this has encouraged all of you as much as it has encouraged me!
I really enjoyed doing this. I hope that I can do more guest blogging in the future and more bible study blogging with this website.

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