Life in the Spirit

In his classic work The Spirit of Christ, Andrew Murray quoted a young Christian: “I think I understand the work of the Father and the Son, and rejoice in them, but I hardly see the place the Spirit has.”

The Third Person of the Trinity has been misunderstood by many of us. We don’t know quite how to take Him. Is He wind … the force … a ghost? How are we to relate to Him?

Murray offered help: “God created man’s heart for His dwelling. Sin entered and defiled it. God’s Spirit worked to regain possession for four thousand years. Finally, the redemption was accomplished and the Kingdom of God was established through Christ. The Spirit of Christ Himself is to be within us as the power of our lives. I have God Himself – a living Person – to dwell with me. And so, the Spirit becomes to me what He was to Jesus, the very life of my personality.”

The Spirit of God is not a portion of God; He is fully God, present in the life of the believer. Christ promised the presence of the Advocate, the Comforter – the One who would guide and teach and empower us. Jesus promised that He would never abandon His own. The Spirit is the fulfillment of that promise.

As followers of Christ, we would certainly agree that we would choose power-full lives over power-less lives. Sadly, when we cannot acknowledge and appropriate the power of the One who has made us His temple, we fail to experience the richness of His presence.

What does Scripture teach us about Him?

  • He teaches us truth
  • He consoles and comforts us
  • He intercedes for us in prayer
  • He bestows gifts in each believer for the edification of the Church
  • He kindles hope within our hearts
  • He reminds us of how much we are loved

Life in the Spirit is opportunity, not obligation. It is a deepening relationship with our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

“Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me. Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.”

 

 

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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