- Published: Friday, 16 March 2018 15:35
- Written by Bethany Looyenga
Jesus said, "You're not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation--'the wind-hovering-over-water' creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life--it's not possible to enter God's kingdom. When you look at a baby, it's just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can't see and touch-the Spirit-and becomes a living spirit.
As a child, and early in my adult life, I did not know the Holy Spirit. The ability to comprehend the invisible Spirit was something that did not make sense to me. I wanted everything to fit into a logical place in my mind. The Holy Spirit was not logical to me.
He still isn't!
Transformation, heart change, earthly journeys....they don't always make sense. The Holy Spirit works in such a mysterious way, that I've learned that the best way is to accept the mystery. That deep inner stirring, the wind-hovering-over-water, is unexplainable. His invisible workings in my life has given me peace in times of turmoil. His living, breathing presence within me, has given me hope everyday. His nudging has become my gentle guide.
How did it happen? Surrender.
What is the shape of your life today? Are you trying to make sense of everything? Are you going with the flow of everyone else, or asking the Spirit to lead you in mystery? What and Who are you listening to today?
It is your birthright to have peace in all circumstances. I bless you with this peace. Today, may you embrace the invisible and rise above the trouble all around you.
Today, the mystery is yours.
He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Romans 4: 20-21
My favorite part of this verse is "fully convinced", there was no doubt that God would do what He promised to do. It leads me to this question for us today, are we fully convinced that God will keep the promises He has made? Or, is there a seed of doubt mixed in? God has made some personal promises to me, and there are days I am filled with doubt. As I talk to Him about the doubt, He will always remind me that He is the God that keeps His Word. Still, there can sometimes be a little bit that wonders. Do you deal with this too?
Are you fully convinced that God will pull all things together for good? Are you fully convinced that God will work through you, even when you don't feel it? Are you fully convinced that you are saved? Are you fully convinced that He will provide all that you need? Are you fully convinced that His Word is for you, and His grace is abundant? Are you fully convinced that He has a purpose for you and has designed you according to that purpose? Are you fully convinced that you are His child, and He loves you beyond measure?
Today, this is my continual prayer: Father, create an attitude of Fully Convinced in all Your promises.