For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
God did not mean for us to be mere decorations, we are His masterpieces born with an individual purpose and plan for us even before we were born. (Jeremiah 1:5) God has set aside this purpose accompanied by a reassurance that we are His children. Unfortunately, many of us have not tapped into this power. We are content to stay where we are becoming decorations, but this is not what God has in mind for us. As Christians, we are to go out and hoist our sails and let the Holy Spirit power our sails. Apart from the Holy Spirit we can not do anything, and not doing anything is living below our full potential.
So how do we unleash the power of the Holy Spirit in our Life?
1. Make sure that we have the Holy Spirit.
John 14:16 reminds us that we have been given a Helper, a Counselor in the Holy Spirit and He abides in us forever. Unfortunately we often forget this — that in filling with the Holy Spirit is not an occasional event, it is actually a moment by moment need. Galatians 5:16 reminds us that we have to walk in the Spirit. This means that it should become our lifestyle, something that should come naturally to us in our daily lives.
2. Practice the “OBEY NOW” Principle.
Walking in the Spirit means that when God prompts us to do something, we obey at once. Delay keeps us from obeying. We miss out on being used by God when we delay obedience.
Learning from David
David anointed as king
God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. -1 Samuel 16:7
God told Samuel to go to Jesse’s house to look for a king. Jesse presented his seven sons to the prophet but did not include his youngest son, David, who was at that time tending the sheep. He probably did not consider David a potential king. But God anointed David to be the next king of Israel. The Spirit of the Lord came upon David (1 Samuel 16:13). The Holy Spirit began to work mightily in his life. David, knowing he was going to be king, might have been tempted to be proud. But David remained humble even after his anointing. He continued being a shepherd and worked as one of King Saul’s musicians in the palace.
People tend to look at outward appearances, but God looks at our hearts. He looks for the best in us and He looks into our hearts. We do not know if Jesse intentionally or unintentionally forgot about David, but even if people may forget us — God wont. He has promised this to us in Jeremiah 1:5
David was running an errand for his father when Goliath, the Philistines’ champion (1 Samuel 17:17, 23) taunted Israel’s armies (1 Samuel 17:26). David knew that it was his duty to honor and glorify God so he volunteered to face Goliath. David wholeheartedly obeyed God. Because of his obedience, God used him to defeat Goliath and the Philistines. David gained recognition among the people even before he was king. God can use the Goliaths in our lives to fulfill His plans for us if we obey now. Like David, we must make it our utmost priority to honor God. All our choices and decisions must ultimately glorify Him.
We continue to face our own “Goliaths” in our life. But how we deal with our Goliaths is a reflection of what is in our hearts. David was obedient and depended solely on God’s leading. Even when our trials seem to difficult or even impossible, our first response still should be to obey. Obey and leave the consequences to God.
How do you know what God is telling you?
The Holy Spirit gives us discernment for the things that go against the Bible. If we have God’s word kept in our hearts then we will know the things that are not from Him. This is applicable to the decisions we make daily. (Examples: breaking an illicit affair, sharing the gospel, making disciples, etc.) Do not delay obedience. Obey now! We may hear voices that will distract us from obeying God. But if we know God’s voice, we will not be confused. We need to start including small steps of obedience in our daily walk with God. In God’s time, God’s purpose will be revealed to us. Obey God in the small things so we will be ready for the bigger plans He has for us.