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.
Helping Me Do What God Desires
My spirit has no power in itself to lay hold of God; but when the Spirit of God comes into my spirit, He energizes my spirit, then the rest depends upon me. If I do not obey the Spirit of God and bring into the light the wrong things He reveals and let Him deal with them, I shall grieve Him, and may grieve Him away.
…That is a most wonderful thing in Christian psychology, viz., that a saint chooses exactly what God pre-determined he should choose. If you have never received the Spirit of God this will be one of the things which is “foolishness” to you; but if you have received the Spirit and are obeying Him, you find He brings your spirit into complete harmony with God….
…When God’s Spirit comes into our spirit, we can will to do what God wants us to do. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
…We cannot give ourselves the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is God Almighty’s gift if we will simply become poor enough to ask for Him. …But when the Holy Spirit has come in, there is something we can do and God cannot do, we can obey Him. If we do not obey Him, we shall grieve Him. “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God” (Ephesians 4:30).
From Biblical Psychology
Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit would be our constant Companion in helping us come into one-ness with the Father and Son. The key question is this: Am I obeying the Spirit’s promptings?
I will never progress in my spiritual development unless I am readily obeying what the Spirit is revealing.
Father, I need your Holy Spirit! As I feel the Spirit working in me, may I never grieve Him, but instead fully deal with whatever He reveals to me.