Forgiveness and Acceptance

Jesus gives us a bold entrance into the presence of the Holy Spirit. No longer are we to live by the rules and regulations of the Law. The Holy Spirit has become our regulator. Jesus came with the word of forgiveness, acceptance, and righteousness. We are no longer connected to God through the Law and the prophets — Jesus fulfilled them. Now our link is with God Himself! We can hear from Him, and become more like Him.

Jesus opened wide the door into the place of a higher level of participation with the Holy Spirit. He is now transforming us into people who will not hinder Him from moving, but will enhance His work. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 there is a powerful statement about this transformation:

“And all of us, as with unveiled face, because we continue to behold in the Word of God as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord Who is the Spirit” (AMP).

God has deposited the potential of His divine nature within us. The Holy Spirit will begin to move us from victory to victory as the Word comes to the forefront of our lives, transforming us into His image, His splendor, and His glory. We may feel as though our progress has been limited and have not experienced the strength of the Holy Spirit.

God has seen our weaknesses and frailties. But His strength within us is greater than our weakness. Stir up an awareness of His presence. He can accomplish great things in and through us as we yield to Him. Give place to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to cultivate these specific qualities as we move into new levels of involvement with Him.

Grow beyond potential into productiveness. We cannot allow the desire to accomplish something in the Kingdom of God to be substituted by a mere fantasy about what we could do. Faith and fantasy are not even remotely related. Faith springs up from the spirit; fantasy issues merely from the soul. Make a strong commitment to pray, tithe, and grow in God’s Word.

Put away ungodly attitudes. We must develop a new attitude which says, “Others may, but I may not.” Sometimes we see Christians compromise yet seemingly experiencing success, but we cannot join in. The Holy Spirit recently spoke this to me: “Others are not responsible to give Me the kind of service I ask of you. Keep your eyes on Me. Don’t look for the company of many others. You will go some of the way alone, except for My presence.”

Focus our attention and heart on things above. Colossians 3:1,2 in the Phillips says: “…reach out for the highest gifts of Heaven, where Christ reigns in power. Give your heart to the heavenly things, not to the passing things of earth.” The sharper our focus, the clearer our vision. Open ourselves to the Holy Spirit. Stir up the anointing within. Cultivate sensitivity to the promptings of the Spirit. Yield to His presence.

Be strict on ourselves and easy on others. The demand God makes on us must be taken seriously. We must seek to develop intolerance in ourselves for the things He hates. But we are not to make His demands for us the measuring stick for those around us. We can influence people, but we are not to control or condemn them.

Become more aware of His presence knowing He can accomplish great things in and through us as we yield to Him. Yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to cultivate these specific qualities as we move into a higher level of living.

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