Pegasus in Us

“Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of God…not power as a gift from the Holy Spirit; the power is the Holy Spirit. Jesus came to give us an endless supply of life ‘that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.’” (Ephesians 3:19) Oswald Chambers (emphasis mine)

©Sport the library / Brett Crockford

©Sport the library / Brett Crockford

Some of us spend our entire lives without ever allowing the Spirit to come alive in us. He lies dormant, abiding uninvited to participate in our family life, our business life, our social life, our financial life, our emotional life or our spiritual life.

Ah, but once we open the gate and extend an invitation to the Spirit, we will begin to detect the abundant love, the copious grace and extensive power infusing us. As we allow the Spirit to dissolve the blinders from our eyes and the plugs from our ears, we will see and hear clearly the signs of His voice. We will, day by day, grow in the harmonious cadence of our relationship with the One who created us.

When that occurs, we will desire to do nothing less than let Him have His way with us. We will find strength in the surrender. We will seek Him out in every circumstance. We will comprehend the deep and abiding truth that it takes tremendous courage to love, and we can only do it with the Spirit’s infrastructure and tenderness.

As we imagine ourselves bolstered daily by the Spirit, we are able to awaken every day with a new perspective. Yes, we will walk at first, but think how it will feel as we are then able to skip and run. Furthermore, walking with the Spirit allows us to accomplish so much more than if we walked alone. Because it’s not all about us. Until we embrace the Living Water Spirit and begin to live out our lives on the bedrock of His love, we’re unable to offer that love and compassion to someone else – someone who may well be crying out for the life-affirming hope the salvation of Jesus brings.

When a horse picks up speed, he trots, then canters, then gallops, and in each stride of his gallop, his four-beat gait then allows all four feet to lift from the ground at once. Think then, of walking with the Spirit, our Divine Impulsion, as He helps us lift our feet off the ground.

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“I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—a glorious inner strength—that Christ will come alive in you as you allow his Spirit to be stirred in you. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, saturated in the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)

12 comments

  1. Being a native of Kentucky, I love the horse metaphor. The slow rise to the gallop – some slower than others. Very good reading here. Thank you.

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    1. You’re quite welcome, Mark. I worked on this to get it just right, so I appreciate your comment more than you know. 😉 It just popped into my head and seemed to work for me.

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  2. Okay Susan…I could not have timed it any better. Following on your reply above: ” He is always working ‘behind the scenes,’ ” I have posted a piece titled Behind the Scenes on TheViewfrom5022.wordpress.com . I hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Oh, I’ll be over in a minute to read. 🙂

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  3. Wonderful information,to direct us all to a more fulfilling life . So encouraging.Thank you for the reminder.

    Much love Tom

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    1. Love back to ya, Tom.

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  4. I love the comparison. Horses are so strong and powerful that they scare me, sometimes. I mention in my creation piece that God sent Jesus because, as a human, he was acceptable to us conceptually. If God were to unleash His power on us, well, I think of clashing galaxies and the like….or running Clydesdales.

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    1. Hah! Running Clydesdales is a beautiful image. I imagine that’s what many of us would look like if we extended an invitation to the Spirit. Others might appear to be mares nuzzling foals. Each has its own unique purpose, glorifying God, eh?

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      1. I’m more of an old Morgan horse or a Carolina Marsh Tacky. My Thoroughbred filly days are long gone.

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  5. Excellent post Susan. When you say that without invitation God lies dormant in us – I’m not sure that is 100% so. I think God is there and active, we just do not invite him into our consciousness, which is hard for me to conceive. For instance there is an old saying that God takes special care of children, fools , and drunks. This seems independent of whether the person believes or not. I guess what I am saying (I’m making this up as I go along so bear with me please) is that i don’t think we would survive long enough to find Christ if he wasn’t helping us behind the scenes before hand. I can clearly recall being 15 and like most 15 year olds being unaware of any personal knowledge of God, and being in a horrific truck accident. I was thrown backwards through the windshield of a delivery truck doing 50 mph as it began to flip. I woke up lying in the ditch without a scratch on me. I ran down the road and discovered that the driver was pinned in the wreck, so I ran and got help. (It was a manufacturers flaw in the steering box that broke on a highway turn and caused the accident – not a driver or maintenance error). The odds of my exiting that situation unscathed is so minuscule that I am sure God was involved. And so on – I’ve fallen from staging three stories while painting – nothing broken; fallen out of trees – nothing broken; been in accidents- nothing broken; and so on (I was in a head-on collision at highway speeds when the other driver crossed the center line and suffered only a few bruises )

    Anyway, I agree about welcoming God into our consciousness and sharing decision making with Him (I use sharing loosely – sometimes He just pushes us hard in one direction, sometimes it is difficult to determine what He would prefer – and occasionally it is irrelevant – like the color of car you choose or the brand of winter boots, all your choice).He seems to participate in each decision a bit differently on a continuum – from making the decision all the way down to leaving it completely up to us..

    May the Lord be with you Susan and have a great day!

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    1. Paul, I absolutely agree He is always working “behind the scenes.” And I, too, can testify that before I became a believer He saved my life on more than one occasion (hence my belief baptism isn’t to obtain the Spirit, but to awaken us to His presence).
      At the same time, we can be aware of His presence and still not surrender to Him.

      Jesus told us we would work more powerfully than He once we had the Spirit abiding in us. What I’m saying here is this only occurs when we work in tandem with the Spirit – when we fully give over control to the Spirit and walk hand in hand with Him to accomplish God’s purpose in us and through us.

      Thank you for this comment about the Spirit working in us even before we know it. It added so richly to the discussion!

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