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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The witness of the Spirit

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Nelson Roth
This story is told how skippers of ships find their way safely into certain ports.  A passenger was concerned how the ship he was sailing in could make it safely to shore in the dark of night.  Though visibility was minimal, the captain spoke with confidence.  He pointed out two lights in the distance, saying, “If the skipper keeps them lined up as one light from his position behind the wheel – we will be on perfect course and make it safely through the channel to shore.

As we listen to God, we have multiple lights to line up helping us move forward and on course.  The lights are the Word, the witness of the Spirit and works of providence.  Each is needed, and neither are intended to stand along.  When each one lines up with the other, we can be confident in hearing God.

Last week, I wrote about the indispensability of the Word in the blog article titled – Tuning in and hearing God.  The Word is essential; however, it doesn’t give us specifics for every decision.  God speaks through His Word; yet, there are individual matters for believers to hear that are not in print in the Bible.  This is where the witness of the Spirit, another light comes in.

Romans 8:14 says, “Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”  When a person receives Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit indwells.  Christ lives in believers through the Holy Spirit.  He is there to communicate to us.  Romans 8:16, “The Spirit himself testifies wi
th our spirit that we are God’s children.”  This is being led by the Spirit, sensing His witness in our lives. 

Let me describe the basic make up of man so that you can get a picture in your mind to understand how the witness of the Spirit works.  Imagine a rectangle with three parts.  Label the three parts: spirit, soul and body.  Between spirit and soul there is a door that we will call door number one.  And, between soul and body there is a door that we will call door number two.

Now, when you were saved, your spirit came alive and you were indwelt with the Holy Spirit.  The capacity to hear God and to be led by the Spirit becomes possible.  However, all of this is something new to be developed and learned.  The struggle with the flesh and its desires is something also to be contended with and overcome.  Overcoming is the process of learning to close door number two and open door number one, letting the Spirit influence your soul rather than your mind, will and emotion being influenced by the flesh.

This is the witness of the Spirit.  This is listening to God and allowing the inner voice of the Holy Spirit to influence the soul.

What challenges you about opening and closing door one and two?

How can the guiding lights of the Word and the witness of the Spirit help you today?

Feel free to ask questions and/or post your comment below.

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  1. Wonderful article! This is exactly what I needed!Thank you for being obedient to The Spirit!

    1. Good to hear from you. I am glad that the Spirit spoke to you through the article about 'witness of the Spirit'. -Nelson


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