Walking by the Spirit
author and developer of the
Lifestyle of Learning™ message.
Jesus wants to become intimately involved in the daily process of our lives where our thoughts will so enmesh with His and His with ours that we will simply be transformed as we abide in each other. He said:
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to Me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life.
I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and you'll recover
your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and
work with me, watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company
with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
(Matthew 11:28–30; The Message Bible)
I love the expression "unforced rhythms of grace." It perfectly embodies what is, to me, walking in His grace. We hear from the Lord about things we are to do, but then we go about fulfilling them in our own ways, thus producing a burden that is ill-fitting and much too heavy for our souls. The Lord's way is restful and freeing. Yet the paradox is that in His way of rest we will recover our lives.
hear My voice, and I know them,
and they follow Me."
The trouble is that we do not always discern His voice among all the voices that seem to assail us. Yes, even the Scripture clearly acknowledges that there are conflicting and opposing voices working within us.
"Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the
desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the
Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in
opposition to one another, so that you may not do the
things that you please. But if you are led by the
spirit, you are not under the Law."
It is good news to know that there is more in us than our own thoughts, impressions, natural strength and will (the flesh). There is actually a war being waged in us between our own flesh and God's Holy Spirit. If we learn to listen to what is going on inside of us, then we will learn to know His voice. As the following Scripture indicates, it is God (by His Spirit) who is at work in us to cause us to do His will.
"Work out your own salvation with fear and
trembling; for it is God who is at work in you both to will
and to work for His good pleasure."
We cannot assume that every thought or sense inside of us is coming from our own preconceived and/or accumulated impressions! The Holy Spirit, our Teacher, is speaking to us, teaching us about God's will for each and every thing we are doing in obedience to His call. When we have teachable hearts, we will learn to discern which is His voice and not our own. When making the initial decision to homeschool, many of us experienced the war described in Galatians 5:16–18 above. The flesh rose up and screamed "NO!" while at the same time we yielded to the Spirit's conviction. Others may have experienced this war when first being introduced to a more relaxed homeschool philosophy. The strongest objections from people will always come when their flesh is being threatened and the cross of "death to self" is being presented.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to
those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according
to the flesh, but according to the Spirit."
I have noticed that when this Scripture is referenced, the qualifiers for in Christ Jesus are often dropped from the teaching and somehow we are just not ever supposed to feel condemnation simply because we are born again into the family of God. However, the above Scripture and the following one contradict this common teaching:
"For as many as are
led by the Spirit of God, these
are sons of God."
the Oct. 1997 Lifestyle of Learning™ Newsletter.
Part II was in the Jan. 1998 newsletter. However, it has now
been rewritten into a complete book of its own called
Walk by the Spirit in Your Homeschool Decisions
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Article used with permission from ~ and much
gratefulness to ~ Marilyn Howshall, author and developer
of the Lifestyle of Learning™ message.
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