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Application: Ask the Lord for greater liberty given by the Spirit to help you prevail over any critic, opposition or difficulty.
2. The Holy Spirit gives us grace to overcome people who oppose us and what we are working to accomplish. John wrote, "Faith is the victory that overcomes the world." (I John 5:3,4)
Application: Ask the Lord to give you greater confidence in the Spiritís power to help you overcome any opposition to His will.
3. The Holy Spirit delivers us from any oppressive authority that tries to control us. Powerful people often try to pretend that they have God like powers to control others. One day the Pharisees assembled in the Sanhedrin and said,
"Here is this man (Jesus) performing miraculous signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation...So from that day on they plotted to take his life." (John 11:48,53)
Application: Ask the Lord to give you the supernatural trust and obedience to persevere as Jesus did knowing that God can even the use the sinister plots of oppressors for His greater purposes.
4. The Holy Spirit hastens the progress of Christís church when people try to use delay tactics. Jesus knew something about procrastinators when He said,
"Do not say four more months and then comes the harvest. I tell you look on the fields, for they are white for harvesting." (John 4:35)
Application: Ask the Lord to help you find people who will refuse to be discouraged by the many procrastinators in your organizations. Remember, the Spirit of God works on Godís time table not on manís scheduling.
5. The Holy Spirit draws out people who are naturally withdrawn. Some people refuse to cooperate with change by withdrawing into solitude, isolation or intransigence. Paul wrote,
"For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with Godís people and members of Godís household... In Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit." (Eph. 2:18,22)
Application: Ask the Lord to use the Spirit of God to draw out people that are naturally shy, withdrawn or hesitant to speak out for His purposes. The Spirit needs many contributors in the body of Christ to accomplish all of His plans.
6. The Holy Spirit deals with perfectionists who are often stumbling blocks to Godís will. It is a sad fact that many people are so interested in doing little things right that they fail to accomplish Godís bigger purposes like evangelism, church planting or showing love for one another. The Pharisees often tried to use their perfectionism to trap Jesus. They said,
"Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Jesus, knowing their evil intent said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?... Give to Caesar what is Caesarís and to God what is Godís." (Matt. 22:18,21)
Application: Ask the Lord for the wisdom and tact to deal appropriately with
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