Abiding in the Spirit

Psalm 139 Part 2

The Power of Grace

“The great, mysterious work of the Holy Spirit is in the deep recesses of our being which we cannot reach. Read Psalm 139. We should more frequently allow our minds to meditate on these great, massive truths of God.” Oswald Chambers

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

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While some may see this as overbearing, I see it as beauty and light. It is the ultimate watchful protection of a Heavenly Father who seeks not to control, but to walk with me, comfort me and whisper in my ear when I need His guidance.

Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

I have been in some mighty dark places. Not as dark as some; darker than others. Without question, since I have given my life to Christ, I am transformed. Do I still have days when my health is crappy, or money is tight or circumstances get on my last nerve? Sure. But my mind and heart respond differently.

Rarely do I go off in a tailspin like I used to. I take things in stride. And if I do get upset, my recovery is usually within hours. I experience a peace within that I never had before; others tell me there is a peace about me that shines without. I know with a core confidence God holds me in his right hand, he has a plan for me, today and in the future. I am content, in need or want of nothing other than him. And he is with me every moment.

John 14:26-27 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

My trust in the goodness and the righteousness of God are unswerving. He has walked with me during difficult times (breast cancer) and has answered long-awaited prayers (an affordable apartment of my own). I know, even though it can be frustrating, that his timing is always best and most fruitful. I am finally comfortable following his lead to work and to rest.

Will I ever completely know him? Of course not. He is an ocean, and I am in him. I will never know his expanse or his depth. Yet I feel him all around me. He buoys me, he carries me and moves me along as I submit to his will.

Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!

I used to be concerned about being noticed. Now, I prefer to be invisible, letting his light and love shine through me. If I am not producing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) or passing along his grace, I am not walking with Jesus. I am only trying to get by on my own effort rather than using his glorious power.

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

Because the Holy Spirit abides in us, God knows our thoughts, our words and our actions. It’s silly to attempt to construct a façade of righteousness. People might be fooled by our mask, but God is never fooled.

Hebrews 4:13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

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As God envelopes us in his protective feathers (Psalm 91:4), he caresses us in love. As our hearts open to his love, we mature as Christians. Our desire to abide in him becomes our first priority, and we wish to love him more deeply every day.

John 4:16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

21 comments

  1. Susan, I can relate to how differently one’s mind reacts to things after having been born-again. His peace cushions the blows we experience.

    Blessings on your weekend ~ Wendy ❀

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    1. Wholly different, Wendy. Transforming the mind and heart. You have a blessed and peaceful weekend, too.

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  2. Amen. Good stuff! Abiding in His vast ocean of love changes everything, doesn’t it.

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    1. Absolutely everything, Mel. Absolutely everything.

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  3. That you are well were you are at in God is particularly peaceful to me. I am at peace in God even more because you are. I love the fact that you have such a loving and thankful relationship with God. One topic stuck out to me. Power of God. Not that I desire power for myself. That I would only become a conduit that the Holy Spirit of God would pour through me and out to others. That they to might know the true love that God has for them. Susan thank you for sharing this with us.

    Much love Tom

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    1. The peace I feel is a contentment deep within – with myself, with my surroundings, with my circumstances. I truly feel a sublime sense of peace that could only have come from God. That is the kind of power I write about. Or the utter kindness or patience I feel toward others. I know clearly that does not come from my own character. It has been given me through the power of the Holy Spirit. That is the power of the grace of God. When I can abide in the Spirit and offer the same grace to those around me, that is His power pouring through me.

      That is why I can say I prefer now to be invisible, because I know God’s character is greater and more powerful than mine. If it were simply my character interacting with those around me, I would become impatient, gossipy, unkind, etc… As I surrender more to the Spirit’s power, I am able to embody and produce that fruit – as you say, a conduit. I’m with you 100% on that, Tom.

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      1. Food for our souls Susan.

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  4. Loved the part where you refer to God as the ocean… to which we surrender? How hard we find surrender sometimes! It is as if we are giving ourselves up to an enemy..when really – we are giving ourselves over to the ways of truth. COOL post babe!

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    1. Thanks, B. How we resist, when we simply need to float on our backs. That’s the kind of surrender – peaceful, easy, restful, warm-in-sun kind of surrender. It took me so many years to figure that out. Wrote about it again today. Maybe that’s why so many (including me) resist it; because it sounds like giving ourselves up to an enemy when it’s really allowing ourselves to be enveloped and embrace by love and grace.

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      1. Pretty much spot on 😛

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    2. BTW, glad you’re receiving a new audience with the remix on Hope is a Spiral! Congrats! 🙂

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      1. Pretty cool 😉

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    3. Surrender = abandon I think. Maybe that’s a better word for it. Floating on our backs in the warming sun, spread eagle, being carried away.

      How’s that for an image???? 😀

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      1. Quite favourable 😛

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  5. I’m spiritually refreshed by your words, and these passages. Thank you!!

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    1. I’m so glad. This is why I write. 🙂

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  6. How many times have I been saved from disaster, seemingly miraculously? I know it was the Holy Spirit hovering over me, whispering in my ear, pulling me back just in time. Christ said he would not abandon us but would send us a Helper, and he has. I am so grateful and never fail to consult and thank Him. I love Oswald Chambers and carry a pocket “My Utmost for His Highest” in my purse.

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    1. I read both “My Utmost,” and “Jesus Calling,” every morning as my daily devotionals. They speak to me in different ways. And I feel the Spirit in different ways, too. It can either be that whisper, or a feeling, or simply his peace that comes over me. It’s such a lovely experience. One of our guest pastors once said, “It’s one thing to sing, ‘Amazing Grace.’ It’s a whole other thing to experience it.” I absolutely agree. I so wish everyone could experience it.

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly.

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