Friday, February 22, 2013

Accepting the discipline of Holy Spirit

What is discipline? It is the training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior. I know, you may wonder it could be literature writing :) . Certainly not, the reason I bring this meaning spelled out is to reveal how God lead me since the beginning of this New Year.

Who is Holy Spirit? The word of God is the “Holy Spirit” (John 1:1) and to discipline ourselves to do what the word says is the same as receiving the discipline of the Holy Spirit. I and my Husband Sam were continuously reminded of reading the word of God which we were lacking in the past. I believe this one area is every believer will be struggling since it’s the chain of bondage which Satan usually laid before us. When you started knowing the truth (word of GOD), the truth will set you free which Satan wouldn’t be interested to encourage this. (“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. - John 8: 32”). Predominantly the believers will fall prey to this fixture of Satan who brings us various genuine reasons for not reading and meditating the word of GOD. No wonder we were into it as well.

Purely by GOD’s grace and perfect leading we have accepted the discipline of Holy Spirit in this New Year. He showed us a Church where HE wanted us to be in the place where we live. The only message which we heard in different aspect of sermons is to read through HIS word in these past 2 months of this Year.

Starting of these lent days we attended the church service in the evening. We truly felt the presence of GOD during Prayer time. I strongly urged in my spirit about HIS leading on the disciplined life which HE expects from us. But I don’t have any plans on how to implement it. While returning back from Church we were having a discussion about the message and what God spoke to us which we regularly do after every church service. On that beginning of lent days Holy Spirit patently revealed the plan to Sam on what we should be doing on these lent days.

We might have heard from Christians on the sacrifices which they would be planning for lent days such as avoid eating Non veg or do fasting during these days. We also had the desire of taking a step to get closer to HIM. The biggest and most common excuse which we hear from people about the busy life is they don’t have time for regular Bible reading, Prayer. So we decided to spend our evening time in Bible reading and Prayer and it’s a blessing to us. We were simply astonished every time on the way HE led us in meditation and Prayer which we thoroughly enjoy in HIS Presence. J At times I’m perplexed about how HE speaks to us through HIS word and also our spirit feels the need of implementing what we read in our daily life.

I have been reminded of the verse "I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths." – Proverbs 4: 11. Now our spirit longs for his teaching everyday and it’s not a sacrifice we are doing during lent days rather it’s has become the most precious hours to feel and hear HIS voice.

Friends, the bible is our instruction manual for life and hold on to the instruction. In obeying God's Word lies the very essence of life. Therefore, begin and end your day by reading the Bible and be blessed. God Bless!

In Christ Alone,
Justina Stephen

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