Sunday, February 13, 2011

Revolution Of The Heart

Reading from the Book of Galations 5:13-26...

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

More than ever, we are called to be a light in the growing darkness of our uncertain world. It is up to Christians today to point the way: to announce with renewed energy that a revolution of political structures is not enough. There must be a revolution of the heart!  It is not a time to fear, but to boldly proclaim the truth that sets us free. And we know, brothers and sisters, that this is a difficult time to do that. The program for God’s revolution is holiness, childlike men and women who give themselves totally to Jesus. The renewal of the world today will come through the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through a remnant. Few understand the martyrdom that is being asked of us right now.

Paul says in Galations 5:16, we should choose to walk and live in the Spirit, and by making that choice, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh that continually tempt us.  There are many things available to lead us--people, the devil and his demons, the flesh of our bodies, minds, wills and emotions, and the Holy Spirit.  There are many voices in the world that speak to us, often several at the same time.  It is important that we learn to be led by the Holy Spirit, to be "responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit".

Remember, the Holy Spirit is the One Who knows the will of God and Who is sent to dwell in each of us to aid us in being all God has designed us to be and to have all God wants us to have.  It is important for us to see that the Holy Spirit lives in each of us to help us.  When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, He becomes involved in every decision we make, both major and minor.  He leads us by peace and by wisdom, as well as by the Word of God.  He speaks in a still, small voice in our hearts.  Those of us who desire leading by the Holy Spirit must learn to follow the voice in our heart and respond quickly.

We do not always have to know why: we just need to obey the Spirit's leading to find peace and contentment in our daily living and to win the "Revolution of the Heart".

1 comment:

Gods Modern Day Martyr said...

Father God, Help us, Lord, to walk and live in the Holy Spirit, being responsive to and led by the Spirit in every situation so that we will not glorify the flesh and learn to revolutionize our hearts.