Have You Ever Had the Thought . . . (reblogged from Shaping Your Spirit)

Here’s another contribution of mine to the “Shaping Your Spirit” blog for Real Life Ministries.  This is retooling of my “I Need To Feel the Holy Spirit Today” and “On Hearing From the Holy Spirit” posts from earlier this month and October.  I kind of blended them together into one thought, emphasizing the Biblical texts a little more that aided my search during that little patch of darkness.

For some reason, this posts seems all the more relevant this past week as several people, including some in my own home group, have found themselves victims of unwarranted (aren’t they all?) attacks of the spirit.  Here’s a few points to remember as we enter this hopeful, joyous holiday season:

Seek help.  Don’t go it alone.  Reach out in fellowship.

Acts 2:42 And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord’s Supper] and prayers.  43 And a sense of awe (reverential fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were performed through the apostles (the special messengers).  44 And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common; (AMP)

Rediscover your joy.  Rediscover your passion.  Rediscover THE passion.

Job 33:26 He prays to God, and He is favorable to him, so that he sees His face with joy; for [God] restores to him his righteousness (his uprightness and right standing with God—with its joys).  27 He looks upon other men or sings out to them, I have sinned and perverted that which was right, and it did not profit me, or He did not requite me [according to my iniquity]!  28 [God] has redeemed my life from going down to the pit [of destruction], and my life shall see the light!  29 [Elihu comments] Behold, God does all these things twice, yes, three times, with a man,  30 To bring back his life from the pit [of destruction], that he may be enlightened with the light of the living. (AMP)

Reconnect with the Spirit.  Yes, there are times He remains silent.  Still . . .

Deut 31:6b. . . for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (NIV)

‘Tis the season.  The enemy is in full attack mode to ruin the joy of this holiday.  Commercialism.  Secularism.  Anything to draw our attention away from “the reason for the season.”  Sometimes it’s just too easy.  Stay focused ya’ll.  Stay humble.  Stay joyful.  And, as my Aussie friend Graeme is fond of saying, “Stay focused on the cross.”  THAT’S the reason . . .

And here’s my post . . .

Have You Ever Had the Thought? . . . 

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