Thursday, 12 November 2015
An electric organ sits in my living room, gathering dust … It was an ‘investment’. I bought it 20 years ago for my children. It is silent now. I remember little fingers striking the keys …
Charles Swindoll (The Finishing Touch)
If you want to draw beautiful music from the piano, discipline is required … Light won’t automatically shine upon you nor will truth silently seep into your head by means of rocking-chair osmosis … It’s up to you. It’s your move.
If we want to excel in something, we need self-discipline. When I was studying for an exam many years ago, I pasted a card with 3 words in front of my study table: Discipline, Determination, Distinction. I needed constant reminders because I was easily distracted.
Charles Swindoll is talking about discipline - in Bible study, in seeking God’s truth - I agree that it is NOT automatic neither is it magic. If we think that God wants to wave a magic wand at us and we are changed instantly, I think we miss the point.
The Holy Spirit is a Teacher not a magician. He is a miracle-worker doing works of a divine nature. He fulfills God’s purposes for man. God the Father is God. God the Son is God. God the Holy Spirit is God. Yes, the Holy Spirit is God.
The Bible tells us to submit to God and resist the devil. We must be careful. Do we sometimes submit to the devil and resist the Holy Spirit?
I constantly pray for discernment – to know what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is bad, what is pleasing to God and what is not - whether it is the Holy Spirit or an evil spirit speaking lies, or encouraging me to take short-cuts …
God does not take short-cuts when He trains His servants. Think about Moses, Joseph, David and others.
The enemy may even use our loved ones to distract us - a suggestion from them may not be bad but it may not be what God wants us to do.
How much time do we want to spend with God? It’s up to us.
How much time do we want to put into Bible study (and doing the homework, if any)? It’s up to us.
How much time do we want to engage in prayer? It’s up to us.
God is full of grace and compassion. He doesn’t come knocking hard on our heads but He gently knocks on the doors of our hearts.
Dear Father God,
Once again, I’m reminded that life is short. Teach us to number our days. Help us to remember Your commands through the study of Your Word. Fill us with the Holy Spirit, daily and especially in times of need … to speak a word of comfort, knowledge, prophecy, or healing. You did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7).
Paul’s Charge to Timothy:
LORD, fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit. Flow through me with Your living water and cleanse my soul. I refuse to be double-minded by thanking You for Your presence and then acting as if You are not there. Woe is me if I do! Help me to sense Your presence in a deeper way. In Jesus’ name I pray.
Lam Yee Ling