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Christ's Image

StarsA. W. Tozer (1897-1963) an American pastor and author once wrote very wisely, "The Spirit filled life is not a special deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people. There is nothing about the Spirit filled life that Christians acquire that is strange or eerie." A. B. Simpson (1843-1919) was a Canadian preacher, author and the founder of the Christian Missionary Alliance. He wrote, "Being filled with the Holy Spirit is as easy as breathing, you can simply breath out and in." This is such a wonderfully simple description of something so daunting and frightening to some.✞

Holy Spirit's Plan

Spirit figureThe Spirit filled life is commanded by the Word of God. Saint Paul wrote in Ephesians 5.18, "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit." C. H. Spurgeon said of this verse, "This is not a truth or a promise to claim. This is a truth to obey." Jesus furthermore said in John 14.16-17a, "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever - the Spirit of truth." The Holy Spirit embodies truth rather than lies or "fake news." Truth is central to the Christian life.✞

Special Deluxe Version

Holy Spirit LifeAs we live the spiritual life, we are told that we all will be changed into Christ's image and that this is a fact and not an optional extra. Saint Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3.18, "And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." As we "contemplate or reflect like a mirror" the Lord's glory so we are changed. Change is inevitable for the Christian and this includes our likes and dislikes. Major Ian Thomas (1914-2007) served during the Second World War in Belgium and at the evacuation of Dunkirk. He urged, "All that Jesus is - you have! You cannot have any more, but you need not have any less." Major Thomas' life was a testament to this truth, going through exhaustion and despair to emerge as he said, "not working for Jesus but trusting Jesus to work in him." One of the great secrets of life is to not work for Jesus but allow Jesus to work though you. We gain blessing even when we are reproached because the Spirit's life is within us. Saint Peter in 1 Peter 4.14 commends and encourages us, "If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you."

"Spirit Filled Life"
by Ron Meacock

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