THURSDAY, JUNE 27
“If you turn at My reproof, behold, I will pour out My Spirit to you;
I will make My words known to you.”
Proverbs 1:23 ESV
OPTIMAL LIFE CHOICES: FOLLOW THE LORD
A country church was having their annual revival meeting. On the first night the preacher preached a message about repentance and the need to return to the Lord. At the altar call, a man came down the aisle saying “Fill me Lord, fill me.” The next night the preacher challenged the congregation with the need to totally surrender their lives to Christ in complete obedience. Again the altar call was extended; like the night before the same man came down the aisle saying “Fill me Lord, fill me.” The third night of the revival preacher warned his congregation of the evils of sin and urged the congregation to live lives of holiness. Again at the invitation was made to give one’s life to Christ, the same man came up the aisle saying “Fill me Lord, fill me.” To which someone in the back of the church yelled; “Don’t do it Lord, He leaks!”
The bad news is we all leak occasionally. The good news is God can continually fill us with His Spirit. The principle of Proverbs 1:23 is if we turn to God when we are corrected, God will pour out His Spirit on us. Turning is simply a personal decision to stop going in one direction away from God and turning to follow God.
The bible teaches that we are given God’s Spirit when we become a Christian. In 1 Corinthians 12:13 God’s Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ. Then we are instructed to continually be filled by the Spirit in Ephesians 5:15 and other places in scripture. This implies that God’s filing is a growth process. Therefore, there is a moment in time when we decide to “turn” and follow Jesus for salvation. But there is also a daily “turning” as we make daily decisions to follow Christ for sanctification. Ask God if there are any “spiritual leaks” in your life currently. Ask God what it looks like to turn to Him in those areas. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit.