How the Holy Spirit Provides Us With the Serenity to Accept the Things We Cannot Change, the Courage to Change the Things We Can and the Wisdom to Know the Difference
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Summary: How the Holy Spirit Provides Us With the Serenity to Accept the Things We Cannot Change, the Courage to Change the Things We Can and the Wisdom to Know the Difference 2 Cor. 12:9-12
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How the Holy Spirit Provides Us With the Serenity to Accept the Things We Cannot Change, the Courage to Change the Things We Can and the Wisdom to Know the Difference 2 Cor. 12:9-12
Quote: Adaptability is a great ability
Illustration:Years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright was given the impossible task of building the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. No comparable construction job ever before had been undertaken. With patience he laid plans for the immense building in this land of earth-quakes and terrible tremors. After carefully reviewing the situation, he found that eight feet below the surface of the ground lay a sixty-foot bed of soft mud. Why not float the great structure on this and in some way make it absorb the shock of the earthquake? After four years of work, amid ridicule and jeers of skeptical onlookers, this most difficult building in the world was completed, and soon arrived the day which tested it completely. The worst earthquake in fifty-two years caused houses and buildings all around to tumble and fall in ruins. But the Imperial Hotel stood, because it was able to adjust itself to the tremors of the earth.
A. Smith, in Resources, #2.
1. The Holy Spirit provides us everything we need to complete Godís will for our life through His all sufficient grace. Paul wrote, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."(2 Cor. 12:9) The Spirit provides Godís gracious serenity, courage and wisdom just when we need them most. Ask the Lord to provide you with His peace, boldness and insight necessary to carry out all of Godís plans for you today.†
2. The Holy Spirit gives us the peace that passes human comprehension when we cast all of our cares upon the Lord. Paul wrote, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests, be made known to God. And the peace of God that passes comprehension will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:6-8) The Spirit of God has a supernatural ability to provide us with the greatest kind of serenity, tranquility and calm when we call to Him in Jesus name. Ask the Lord for peace of mind in all your relationships and challenges today. The people who are able to remain emotionally calm when others do not are the ones God uses.
3. The Holy Spirit gives courage to those who are willing to meditate on His promises. God told Joshua, "Be strong and courageous and act. Do not fear or be dismayed, for the Lord God goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work of the house of God is finished." (Joshua 1:9) Only after the Lord told Joshua to meditate on His word throughout the day was the man of God ready to be courageous in the Lordsí mighty power. Do not think that you can muster up your own courage to wage spiritual battles, otherwise you may get nothing but pyrrhic victories (winning short term battles at too great of a long term cost). Ask the Lord to help you be courageous with His mighty power enabling you to win spiritual battles that are worth fighting.
4. The Holy Spirit gives you wisdom to make the most discerning decisions in every situation if you will ask Him for help. James wrote, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5) The Spirit promises that He is eager and able
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