Proverbs 31 1-31-20

The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit is what makes us children of God. He is our “proof” of salvation. Listen to Him.

1 A Wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

How did she get that way?  From where did her noble character come? It came from the Spirit of God! Part of her “getting up early (v.15)” is about having her time with the LORD, orienting herself to His will and His purposes. We would do well to do the same! Paul tells us how in Ephesians 4:

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 

Grieve- to distress mentally; cause to feel grief or sorrow; to quench or restrict. To ignore. Humanly, it causes consternation and frustration and even disappointment, but those are human traits. God, in His Omniscience, KNOWS our weaknesses and has made provision for them through His GREAT love and grace through the cross.

Rather than living in a constant state of fear that we might grieve the Holy Spirit, He wants us to live in confident fellowship with Him so that by being with Him we (super) naturally do what He desires and is leading us to do. Consider these verses:

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person [in intimate fellowship], and they with me. Revelation 3:20

But if we walk in the light [walking with the Spirit], as he is in the light [as Jesus did], we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 1 John 3:24

25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25

Jesus never asks us to do something that He is not ready to empower us to do. Granted, He may not empower us until we begin to try, so don’t wait on a feeling to get started. Let’s follow a thread concerning this concept:

If Philippians 2:13 is true and He gives me first the desire and then the power to do His will, then as I begin to put off my old self, “which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires” (Eph. 4:22), I will feel His participation and His presence, and ultimately, His power as He works in and through me. As I sense Him, I can now focus on putting on the new self, “created in righteousness and holiness” (v.24). I have an active role in my “being made new in the attitude of my mind” (v.23). All the details fall under this procedure.

May we strive to put this procedure into action today–all day, many times today.

Abba, even as I point others to this truth, I realize that I have three fingers pointing back at me! May I live what I “preach” as I go through today, and tomorrow, and the rest of my life. I understand that Your blessing and Your pleasure are waiting for me through my interactive obedience. I know that when I walk in step with You that I feel the love, joy, peace, hope and grace emanating from Your Presence. You DESIRE me to experience these attributes! May I take advantage of all of the benefits of being Your child, O God. Amen.

 

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