Summary: The human spirit fails unless the Holy Spirit fills.
Eleven Ways the Holy Spirit Engineers Purpose Driven Lives
Phil. 2:13,14 - "For it is God who is at work in you (energizing, enabling and creating in you the power and desire) both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight." (Amplified Bible)
Illustration: Bible scholar C. I. Scofield once visited a psychiatric hospital in Staunton, Virginia. The superintendent, who was giving him a tour, pointed out a powerfully built young man who seemed to be the picture of health.
Scofield asked, "Wouldn’t that man be very difficult to manage if he became violent?"
"Yes," said the superintendent, "but he never exerts his power. His delusion is that he has no strength! He is always asking for medicine and complaining of weakness."
Scofield later commented, "How many in the church are like that! Divinely gifted with the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, they lack the faith, knowledge, and consecration to use it. People are always praying for power. There is power enough. What they need is the willingness to be used in any humble position, and the faith to exercise the strength God has given."
There are many splendid goals we could reach if we would cease our timid excuse-making and just let the Holy Spirit fill and control our lives. Because of our relationship to Christ and the indwelling Spirit, we have all the strength we need to do His will (2 Cor. 3:5). (Our Daily Bread)
Quote: The human spirit fails unless the Holy Spirit fills.
1. The Holy Spirit guides us in setting goals that reflect God’s priorities. Jesus said, "All authority is given to me in heaven and earth. Go and make disciples of all nations... teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you." (Matt. 28:18-20) Godly leaders set their goals based on Biblical priorities of greater worship of the Lord; greater qualitative and quantitative growth of the church and greater completion of. His great commission. Ask the Lord to help you set your goals based on the Bible’s priorities rather than your own maintenance and survival concerns. (Matt. 6:33)
2. The Holy Spirit helps us understand the complexities of their organization and where their services can make the greatest contribution for eternity. The Spirit gives leaders conceptual skills to act according to the essential goals of the organization and the scriptures. Jesus resisted anyones’ attempts to structure His goals around the needs and interests of any one person or group. The Lord Jesus said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." (Mark 8:33) Ask the Lord to help you focus your attention on the greatest good for the organization rather than on the concerns of several favored individuals.
3. The Holy Spirit gives us great ability, judgment and wisdom in understanding the kinds of goals that will motivate them to do their best. Jesus said to the disciples, "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men." (Matt. 4:19) Ask the Lord to help you involve people in goal setting that will help motivate them to achieve the very best of God’s will.
4. The Holy Spirit provides us with the skills to use their knowledge, methods and materials to set goals that will facilitate their organization’s greatest accomplishments. Paul wrote to Timothy, "You know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings." (2 Tim. 3:10) Ask the Lord to help you gain skills that will allow you to use all of your knowledge, methods and materials to facilitate your organization’s greatest productivity for eternity.
5. The Holy Spirit gives wisdom in designing goals that are specific, measurable and attainable. Paul wrote, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." (2 Tim. 2:15) Ask the Lord to give you greater wisdom in the way you craft your goals so that you can evaluate your progress and make improvements
6. The Holy Spirit reinforces, refines and rewards leaders and their followers whose goals are achieved for God’s glory. Paul wrote, "And so you became a model to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia - your faith in God has become known everywhere." (I Thes. 1:7,8) Ask the Lord to help you refine, reinforce and reward those who have made progress with the goals of your organization.
7. The Holy Spirit helps supply us with everything that we need to set and achieve our goals. Paul wrote, "My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:19) Ask the Lord for greater faith to realize that the Spirit will provide you with whatever is necessary to accomplish God’s will according to His plans.