Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Spirit Invested In Us

UV 2725/10000 The Spirit Invested in Us
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1 v 7

We do not accomplish anything worthwhile in our lives by human might or physical power but by the spirit that the Lord has invested in us. God has given us the spirit of faith, courage and hope. The spirit is invested or deposited in us. It is gifted or given by grace not earned or worked up. We are set free from the bondage of the fear of death in Christ, the Way, the Life and the Resurrection. The fear of death is the power by which the enemy of our souls controls mortal man. But when we are restored to a personal relationship with the Father through our faith in the Son, we receive the spirit of adoption by which we call Him, “Our Abba or Dear Father.” We are set free from the fear of “hamartia” or fear of falling short of the standards of holiness or perfection of the Father.
Our relationship with the Lord by faith and adoption or commitment fills us with power as we are now children of God with a right to the blessings of the first born. We are not lesser than anyone else in the sight of the Lord. We have the power to tread upon all the power of the enemy. We have the authority to command the powers of darkness to depart. The Holy Spirit comes upon us as a seal of approval and a guarantee of the promises of the Lord and we receive power over all that we were formerly subject to. We experience and comprehend the agape love of the Lord. To know Him more is to love Him more. To love Him more is to obey Him.
We also receive the power of self control in order to grow the fruit of the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and to overcome the weeds sown in the flesh for example, pride, lust, anger, lack of contentment, anxiety and so on. The spirit of love, power and self control equips us to face and handle all situations and issues in our lives. Love, power and self control need to operate concurrently in our lives in order that we are found by the Lord to be effective, fruitful and faithful. We need to exercise power in a spirit of love and with a sound mind. A healthy spirit, a loving heart and a sound mind come together in us to create a sense of harmony and balance between all parts of our lives. If any action or word or thought of ours is not reflecting a blend of power, love and self control, it implies that we are ignoring the spirit the Lord has invested in us.

Prateep V Philip

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