“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us
—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—
so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles,
so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.”
Galatians 3:13-14 ESV
I have read through Galatians many times, but until this morning the Spirit did not reveal the weight of these verses to me. Undoubtedly, I was not at a point in my walk where I was ready for them.
I know without a doubt that Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sins, and I believe in the triune God. I also know that Jesus promised it would be better for Him to leave this world so that we could receive the Holy Spirit. I know the Holy Spirit is living in me. I guess what I didn’t realize is that one of the reasons Christ died on the cross was so that we could receive the Holy Spirit. If that is so, why do so many Christians ignore this essential part of God in our walk?
I have been praying that God reveals more of the spiritual world to me. I am no longer satisfied with mediocre glimpses of spiritual things. I have come to a place in my walk where life may get a tad bit uncomfortable. I hope so. I have been praying for God to reveal His Spirit to me in a very real way. I want it to be evident, so much so that my analytical mind can not break it down. I am to a point in my life where I care less about other people’s opinions of me, and more about just getting after Jesus’ plan for my life. It is scary, but He has proven Himself to be real and faithful.
I am sure that some people may wonder why asking God to reveal more of Himself to me is scary. Well, if you believe God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, then His power should scare you – in an awesome way. God deserves our reverence. It is because He is almighty that we worship Him. So, yes, I am a bit nervous that I may not like what God shows me. After all, we can all use work in the holiness department. What if God asks me to do something “radical” when compared to my mediocre day to day walk? I am also fearful of my own response, and I pray I will have the courage to listen.
All of us like to pray for what we want, but many of us do not ever take time to ask for God’s will to be done in our lives. As I walk through yet another autoimmune disorder that my doctor is working on identifying, I find myself praying for medical healing, not miraculous healing. What if God is trying to stretch my belief in what the Spirit can and will do? I find myself praying for what I think would be best and what I best understand, not for God’s will. What if God’s will is that I walk through another disease, because it grows my faith in Him in ways that would not happen otherwise?
Do you have a situation in your life in which the Spirit’s power could be revealed in awesome ways, but you find yourself praying for a worldly solution? I believe every trial presents an opportunity for us to stretch our faith. What if we all believed and prayed as some of the first believers did after they received the Spirit? Paul went around doing battle with darkness – casting out demons, praying for and seeing miraculous healings, and finding joy in the worst of situations. Paul and everyone around him were able to catch glimpses of God’s awesome power on a regular basis!
There aren’t many times I find myself envying those in third world living situations, but when it comes to seeing the Spirit at work, I find myself envying the people that American’s go on “missions” to help. If we really look at it, the mission is actually helping our faith more than theirs. I have heard countless stories of the Holy Spirit’s movement in the most desperate of places and situations. I believe it. After all, I seek and see God the most when I am in despair.
Most of us sit in the lap of luxury here in America, especially when compared to the majority of the rest of the world’s population. We are blessed in abundance in most every area, but spirituality. I believe that is because it is really hard to seek God earnestly when we are not in need. The Israelites proved that after their trek through the wilderness ended in the promised land. Even after 40 years of reminders, they still forgot God when things were going well.
Whatever you are battling today, I pray that you seek God’s will for your situation. Do not be afraid to ask for it. My prayer life is evolving, and I have found myself changing from only praying for what I would desire, but also remembering to ask God for His will to trump my desire. I still have days where I forget to even ask God’s counsel or will, and just shotgun my wants, but they are becoming less numerous with time. Whatever you lack or desire, whatever your struggle, I pray that you and I remember that God’s will is always going to be the best option. I also pray that we remember that we can and should ask for and seek the miraculous.
All need grace and all is grace, friends!
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