This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.
When we receive the Holy Spirit, He so energizes our spirit that we are able to detect things that are wrong, and we are able to rectify them if we ‘mind’ the Holy Spirit. This is the Scotch use of the term ‘mind,’ and it means ‘remember to obey.’ It carries with it the meaning of another Scotch word, ‘lippen,’ that is, ‘trust.’ Mind the Holy Spirit, mind His light, mind His convictions, mind His guidance, and slowly and surely the sensual personality will be turned into a spiritual personality.
From Biblical Psychology
It’s not too often that I think of personality in a spiritual light. But God created me as a unique person, complete with my own personality. He gave me the personality He did on purpose: to glorify Him.
Left to myself, my personality is highly self-serving. But when I “mind” the Holy Spirit, He helps me live out my God-given personality in a way that is more and more God-serving and God-glorifying.
I love Chambers’ list:
- Mind the Holy Spirit
- Mind His light [illumination]
- Mind His convictions
- Mind His guidance
I’m working on “minding” better. How about you?
May 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm
Good word. That is also very freeing to know as I heed the Holy Spirit’s warnings, he smooths out the rough edges in me and makes me winsome with others.