Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A normal relationship with the Holy Spirit should at least approximate the Old Testament experience described in Psalm 139: a profound awareness that we are always face to face with God; that as we move through life the presence of his Spirit is the most real and powerful factor in our daily environment; that underneath the momentary static of events, conflicts, problems and even excursions into sin, he is always there like the continuously sounding note in a basso ostinato.
We should particularly recognize that growth in holiness is not simply a matter of the lonely individual making claims of faith on the basis of Romans 6:1-14. It involves moving about in all areas of our life in dependent fellowship with a person: “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16 NASB).The Holy Spirit is, simply, the presence of God in our lives, mundanely, routinely and ordinarily. Can there be supernatural manifestations of the presence? Of course there can and should be, and often are; however, that is not the stuff that holiness is made of. Such holiness is made of abiding with that presence in an ordinary fashion. To seek the supernatural expression at the expense of the ordinary is little different than consuming a drug to obtain a high. We are not made better by the drug, we just seek the high again.
We worship and extraordinary God that wishes to be make the ordinary better, not merely draw us into the extraordinary.
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