Christians have access to a hidden power source–the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us become wonderful people doing inspiring things. However, there is one catch. We actually have to obey the Holy Spirit in order to experience God’s best.
Don’t get upset. Obedience is not a bad word. I checked the dictionary to be sure–it’s NOT a derogatory term. It simply means compliance with the demands or requests of one in authority. As Christians, God is our ultimate authority and He only wants what is best for His children. Hence, there are rules we must follow for our own good.
But, God knows that life with too many laws becomes tedious and complicated, so Jesus did us a favor and summed them all up in two easy-to-remember commands . . .
- “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.
- A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40, New Living Translation)
Simple right? Of course, but you already forgot to pray, lost your temper with your children and yelled at someone who cut you off in traffic, thoroughly breaking both commandments and it’s not even 9 am yet. So now what?
Lean on the power of the Holy Spirit to obey God.
Remember God said He would not leave us without the Helper. Part of the Holy Spirit’s job is to help you obey God. So, submit to His leading, don’t resist it. Resisting is futile and only delays God’s work in your life. Obedience expedites what God wants to do through you. The sooner you submit, the sooner you will begin to see your potential become reality.
How can you tell if you are resisting the leading of the Holy Spirit?
- You keep experiencing the same problems over and over again. (Ex. You keep losing friends, you keep having financial problems, you continue to have the same bad experiences on the job or in your business, etc.)
- You have accepted negative situations as a part of life and have given up hope of things improving.
- People who used to help you out of difficulty in the past will no longer help you.
- The Word of God offends you (Everything you read or hear from the Bible seems to point out your faults.)
- You lose the desire to pray or the belief that God will answer your prayers.
If any of the statements above ring a bell, don’t despair. God is just using your circumstances, a little discomfort, and feelings of disconnection from Him to discipline you.
“My dear children, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children.” (Hebrews 12:5-8, The Message)
God’s discipline leads you to repentance, and then the rewards that come from obeying Him. Repent (change) and begin to do those things that you know are right and you will begin seeing improvement in those areas that have been causing you pain. Remember, God knows the plans He has for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV paraphrased). If you obey God, you won’t regret it.