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Why The Holy Spirit Does Not Give Into Our Whims, but Helps to Bring Out God's Best in Us and Teaches Us to Love What is Difficult
Illustration:People need people. Laurie was about three when one night she requested my aid in getting undressed. I was downstairs and she was upstairs, and ... well. "You know how to undress yourself," I reminded. "Yes," she explained, íbut sometimes people need people anyway, even if they do know how to do things by themselves."
William C. Schultz, Bits & Pieces, December 1990.
1. The Holy Spirit wisely chooses to not give in to our selfish whims because He knows what is best. Paul wrote, "God works all things together for good for those who love God and those who are called according to His purposes." (Rom. 8:28) The Spirit of God works to conform us more to the thinking, behavior and character qualities that are found in Christ Jesus. Ask the Lord to help you surrender more of the control of your desires to the leading of the Spirit.
2. The Holy Spirit listens to our cries, but selectively responds to† the prayers that are in conformity with the will of God for our lives. The Spirit acts as our advocate to the Father, but acts only according to the will of God. The Spirit has a way of filtering out requests that are not in agreement with scriptural truth. Paul wrote, "And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit,† because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with Godís will." (Rom. 8:27) Ask the Lord to help you pray more in line with all of the scriptural passages, promises, and principles.†
3. The Holy Spirit makes us competent to do whatever God calls us to accomplish. Paul wrote, "Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant." (2 Cor. 3:5,6) Thank the Lord for all the ways He has made you competent to perform every aspect of His will of your life.
4. The Holy Spirit filters out some of our requests that are not in the perfect will of God. Paul wrote, "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." (Rom. 8:26) Ask the Lord to help monitor your requests so that the Lord answers only the prayers that are in line with 100% of the perfect will of God.†
5. The Holy Spirit has a way of amplifying the requests that will facilitate our maturity in Christ. Paul wrote, "The Spirit intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." (Rom. 8:26) The Spirit continues to remind us of the prayers that will best help bring us to higher levels of personal, spiritual and ministry maturity. Ask the Lord to help you record your prayers and answers to prayers enabling you to see where God is blessing.
6. The Holy Spirit is hindered from helping to answer the prayers of those who are habitually living with secret sins. David wrote, "If I cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened." (Psa. 66:18) Ask the Lord to help you uncover any secret sins so that you can confess and forsake them.†
7. The Holy Spirit is more concerned about obedience and trust than in giving us what we desire. John wrote, "Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives
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