A. Brother

“The Spirit of God will come upon you in power…
and you will be changed into a different person.
Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand
finds to do,for God is with you.”
1 Samuel 10:6,7

There is an abandonment, a spontaneity, about those who have the Spirit of God.  They know the freedom of the Spirit of Christ in them, that same freedom that gave our Lord Jesus’ ministry and life its great spread over people and places.

However, many of us have learned a dangerous game.  We know a little of Christ, and are busy “churchpeople” with our activities and our need for speed, and our hunger for achievement, and we take that with us into our Christianity.  We get some belief, some buy-in into this “I’m a Christian now” thing, and we immediately start making plans and building things, and going-going-going for God.

There is a vast difference between this religious drive and the Spirit of God’s power in a man’s life once he is “changed into a different person.”

Samuel anointed Saul as King, secretly, not in public (see 1 Samuel 10).  God was showing us that the secret seeking required of a man is all-important.  This secret seeking is us, not in public, but in private, going to our knees and getting with the Father, and with His Son Jesus, and waiting for the Holy Spirit to be given us in greater and greater measure.  Even Jesus Christ, our Lord, spent much time in these secret sessions with His Father, waiting for power from Him, so that He could go out and be the powerful, spontaneous Son He was called to be.

So you and I must wait upon God before leaping.  Before we can “do”….we must live in the  Word of God, and be filled with the Spirit of God, and learn the power that comes from obedience, and this often only comes through suffering and difficulty.

In the letter he wrote to the Colossians, Paul repeated the phrase “whatever your hand finds to do”.  In chapter 3, Paul has just admonished the believers to put on Christ, and put off the old man.  He has just laid out the incredible power of the Spirit in the life of the disciple of Jesus Christ.  He has just put our minds completely in heaven, on Christ, and told us to dwell there.  He had just described the life of the Spirit of God in us, with love, and forgiveness, and brotherhood, with peace and unity.  All these things are fruits of the Spirit of God in us, as new men and women in Christ.

Then, as God told Samuel, Paul tells us as well:

“And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed,
do it all in the Name of the Lord Jesus…”
Col. 3:17

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men…”
Col. 3:23

It is only after receiving the Spirit and walking with Christ that we can begin to live and work with spontaneity, and with power.  This great freedom only comes through hard-learned obedience, and so we avoid the error that comes from being shallow, and just running off and doing our own things for ourselves and for God.

Much of our restlessness and our drive as worldly men and women comes from NOT having given up the old man, and NOT having been filled with the Spirit of Christ.  We work with all our energies, all our drive, all our ideas and plans and goals, and it is the old man at work, building something or other that the Lord God will not sanction.  It is us, brothers, not God.

Today, let us go to our knees and repent of this attitude, and this willfulness, which in the end brought the sad story of Saul’s Kingship to an end.  (See 1 Samuel 15)  Saul left behind the anointing of the Spirit of God and worked for his own ends, though claiming it was for God.  He disobeyed and lost his calling. 

All encouragement to secretly seek the Lord Jesus today, and to become men and women of the Spirit of God, spontaneously living that life of freedom and power we are given in Christ.


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