Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: Fire of the Holy Spirit (Pages 133-134)
To overcome external distractions is to have full knowledge of the Holy Spirit. When our minds become distracted, we need not pay attention to the thought, but to draw back to the Lord’s presence by focus. Our minds will wonder, but by not acknowledging the illusion or allowing it to bring an emotional reaction, we can overcome all situations in which Satan attempts to challenge us.
When I consider prayer in my daily life, I think about what God really desires from us. I believe that reading Scripture is true prayer. Praying the scripture and simply beholding the Lord. By praying and asking for help, God requires that we seek knowledge and understanding through his word. If we only pray and ask for things without seeking to know Him, how can He communicate with us? If we do not read his word (Testimony), then how can we ever know Him? How can we ever hear Him when He speaks to us? Prayer is important, but being sure of who we are praying to and what we are praying for is essential.
There is a fire within every person that ebbs and grows as we get to know Christ. We must constantly feed the fire in order to continue to know God. As we light a fire, we must gently fan the fire in order that it may grow into a strong flame or flames. As Christians, we need to keep that fire burning—the fire of the Holy Spirit.
At some points in our life, God may appear to remove Himself from our lives, but by doing this, He is simply asking that we pursue Him. He is looking about everywhere for Christians who constantly remain faithful and loving even when He has withdrawn Himself. When the Lord finds a faithful soul and does return, He rewards them with more wisdom. He pours out goodness and love upon that faithful servant through His spirit.
Being possessed or filled by the Holy Spirit is true focus and gives us absolute concentration in order to accomplish all things. If you follow Him as the way, you will hear Him as the truth, and He will bring life to you as the life. As a revelation comes to you, God actually makes an imprint of Himself upon your soul. Each time He comes to you, He leaves a new and different impression of His nature upon you.
In the life of Paul, we are able to see a man who bore the sufferings of Christ through his own personal experiences. He even said, “I bear in my body the marks of Jesus Christ”(Galatians 6:17). Did he do so by considering such marks? No, Jesus Christ had personally imprinted Himself upon Paul.
“And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature, a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written, “Things which the eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.”
1 Corinthians 2:3–11
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. ”