“And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
God is not going to give spiritual power to rebels. Why should God release the anointing power of the Holy Spirit upon your life when you’re not living in obedience? The Holy Spirit is there to get His work done. Have you ever taught a teen to drive an automobile? If so, one of the first things you likely pointed out was the brake pedal. Now suppose that teen said, “I am not interested in the brake. Show me how to make it go. I’m not interested in how to make it stop. I want to go!” You’d take the keys back, put them in your pocket, and say, “You’re not ready yet.” In the same way, you will never know the release of the Spirit until you know the restraint of the Spirit. You will never know the “go” till you know the “no.” God gives the power of the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him.
• Where have you experienced the restraint of the Holy Spirit in your life?
• How does the Holy Spirit lead us to change our lives? Why does this include doing some things and not doing other things?
Spend time in reflection, asking God to reveal to you the areas in which He is calling you to obedience. Ask Him to lead you to faithfulness in those areas beginning today.