Taking Spiritual Initiative

By Pastor Alton Trimble

Manna For Today: Friday, November 6, 2015

Taking Spiritual Initiative

When God’s inspiration or prompting comes to us via His Word or whatever the means, we must take initiative. God inspires with purpose and power. He doesn’t give us an overcoming life; He gives us life as He enables us to overcome.

To become sensitive to spiritual inspiration or prompting, consider the following:

1. Understand it is a spiritual transaction, a work of the Holy Spirit in, on and through us.

I Corinthians 2:14But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

2. Allow the Holy Spirit to move you from impulse to intuition or discernment.

• By intentional growth in Christ:

a. In fruitfulness.

II Corinthians 9:10For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

b. In the knowledge of God.

Colossians 1:10Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

c. In Love.

I Thessalonians 3:12And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.

d. By the Word.

I Peter 2:2Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment.

3. Spiritual discernment is the result of exercising spiritual discipline.

a. Daily prayer.

Ephesians 6:18Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

I Thessalonians 5:17Never stop praying.

b. Daily time in the Word of God.

II Timothy 2:15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

Acts 17:11And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.

c. Weekly giving.

Proverbs 22:9Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

Psalm 112:5Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.

d. Weekly time with other believers.

Proverbs 27:17As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Ecclesiastes 4:12A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

My friend, God wants us to get to know Him, to hear Him and to see Him moving in our lives. He knows we desperately need Him and He lovingly makes Himself available to us. So lovingly make yourself available to Him today. Expect to see evidence of God in your day!

Peace and blessings!

3 thoughts on “Taking Spiritual Initiative

  1. Michael

    Amen PT!
    Impulse comes from our own devices and when we act on impulse it results in actions we regret because the Holy Spirit was not involved. I’ve learned nothing is too small or large for the Holy Spirit who wants to give us discernment if we ask and trust in Him.

    Great points about Spiritual discipline. We exercise our minds and bodies, and it becomes a daily habit. If we exercise these three Spiritual points you laid out for us, than they should come naturally to a believer everyday and when we miss a day we would know that something is off.

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  2. Thank You Lord for your Holy Spirit, that gives us discernment and guides us in Your truth and sets your path before us all. And that we seek to grow and exercise the spiritual truths of your Word, and living Your plan and purpose for our lives.
    Amen, Thanks Pastor!

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