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Monday, October 9, 2023

A Tour Guide’s Tips for Walking in the Spirit & God’s Response - Purity 1167


A Tour Guide’s Tips for Walking in the Spirit & God’s Response  - Purity 1167

Purity 1167 10/09/2023 Purity 1167 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a westward facing view of the Chicago River and the Battan-Corregidor Memorial Bridge underneath blue skies comes to us from yours truly as I captured this scene on Saturday as my wife, TammyLyn, and I treated ourselves to a one day-urban adventure in the Windy City.  

With the spiritual pilgrimage, that was the Deeper Walk Breakthrough Conference in Hobart Indiana, behind us I planned to make the most of our short time in the Midwest by preemptively booking (what I forgot was a 5-hour) Chicago in a Day: Food, History, and Architecture Walking Tour (https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g35805-d17565534-Chicago_in_a_Day_Food_History_and_Architecture_Walking_Tour-Chicago_Illinois.html). 

We had a most excellent adventure Saturday as our tour guide, Dash, who reminded both my wife and I of a youthful Robin Williams, led a group of us from the Chicago Theatre to places all over the Windy City to be stunned by Chicago’s architectural works of art, its rich history, and some of the staples of its local cuisine, ending the ride with a dinner of Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. 

While I am no stranger to big cities, Chicago was a brand new experience and I was extremely glad that we had a guide who knew the lay of the land because after we parked our rental car in a garage on North Wabash Avenue, I was practically paralyzed as the hustle bustle of the cities pedestrian traffic and a complete sense of the unfamiliar came over me to the point I had to give up an idea of seeing some of the city before our tour and escaped to the interior of the Chicago Chik Fil A which was literally yards away from where our tour was to begin.

On my own, I managed to go about 3 city blocks before freaking out and returning to the Chicago Theatre but by days end I was a lot more confident about making my way in the urban jungle because of the lessons I learned from someone who knew their way.

Looking at maps and reading books about Chicago could give you a lot of information about the city and prove to be helpful but sometimes you benefit a lot more following and learning from someone who has “been there and done that.”  

And that is a principle that I have discovered applies to our walk of faith as much as it applies to making our way in the terra firma.  Without faithful men and women to help show us the way to walk out a lifestyle of Christian discipleship, many of us would have undoubtedly given up and gone back to the familiar confines of the shadows of secular life and never discovered the majesty, freedom, and victory of living in God’s light.   

Before this latest adventure on the path of Christian Discipleship, which took me from New York to Indiana and Illinois and deeper into my walk with God with solid Christian teaching, Christian fellowship, and the mere experience of actually going,  I discussed some of the aspects of how a life of walking in the spirit works with the men’s discussion group at the Celebrate Freedom Growth Group meeting on Wednesday night.  

Wednesday’s lesson was on the reality of relapse in recovery and the remedy of replacing bad habits with a regular routine of spiritual practice as the prescription for success.  Celebrate Recovery’s lesson and our experiences have taught those of us in the group with sustained freedom and victory the importance of replacing our bad habits with good habits of faith and our leader, Scott, invited those of us with years of freedom and a “regular quiet time” to speak on what that was like and how it has helped us.  

While my comments offered up the standard Christian discipleship encouragement to read the Bible and pray every day, I tried to describe how there seems to be certain experiential cause and effect dynamics to our walk with God that move us into maturity and to experiences where the manifest presence and influences of God help seem stunningly evident.  

While I explained that our walk with God is by no means reduced to a simple recipe or a religious formula that can be utilized to give us certain results, I did speak of the phenomena of how the Lord seems to use our “stepping out in faith” to bless us and move us deeper into His love and purposes.  

Just like how my Chicago tour guide, Dash, showed our group how to make our way around the Windy City’s downtown Loop with confidence, my purpose for doing this blog, podcast, and any other ministry work, is to instruct, encourage, and to show Christians to be confident in their relationship with God and to receive the benefits of a life lived in His presence. 

And just as Dash showed our group how we could make our way through the city at a slow pace by walking through the streets and tunnels or at a quicker pace by using the help of Chicago’s elevated subway transit system, I tried to explain that our progress along the path of Christian discipleship can be a combination of a slow methodical walk that utilizes daily spiritual disciplines and “quantum leaps” of situational blessings and revelatory paradigm shifts, both of which fall under the category of stepping out in faith.  

In Christian discipleship or “walking in the Spirit”, we gain confidence and wisdom both through a cumulative collecting of “knowing God more” over time and through major shifts of momentous moments that become mile markers of our maturity – our core memories -anchor memories – that will bless us with growth and give us something to hold onto during the days when we are suffering trials or when we seem like we are walking in circles.   

I have experienced that the daily spiritual disciplines of prayer and Bible study set a daily foundation for a lifestyle of faith. They remind us each morning that – oh yeah – I’m really am a Chrisitan, and I am living it – this is what we do -we connect to God with His word, by talking to Him in prayer , and by agreeing with what He says about who we are in Christ. 

These daily disciplines are an act of faith in themselves, and they increase our knowledge of and intimacy with God and cement our identity in Christ.  In the midst of a regular process of these disciplines we can have times where it seems we are just going through the motions and we can have times where we see something about God, our relationship, the world, or ourselves that we have never seen before that raises our awareness or maturity.

Also the regular practice of living or daily lives according to God’s principles for living, which include things like:

·       Telling the Truth

·       Doing what is right.

·       Being a good steward to our relationships, our possessions, our bodies

·       Helping and Doing good works for others

·       Praying for help and guidance or strength – for self or others

·       Encouraging others in or sharing our faith

Can also be used by the Lord to move us along the path of personal maturity and growth.  With each problem, decision, and situation we face in life we are given the choice to do things God’s way or our way.  When we choose His way generally it works out. While we may not experience what we think we will experience, and may actually suffer, when we do things God’s way, we will at least have the personal peace, and no regrets, knowing we were trying to be faithful to do things His way.   And occasionally, our faithfulness will be rewarded in surprising ways – sometimes as sudden blessings or as the result of a long period of waiting on the Lord for things to move. 

The simple point I try to make by telling people to keep “seeking the Lord” or to “keep walking and talking with God” is that when we stay connected to the Lord relationally and keep choosing His ways over ours a life that is surrounded by the fruit of the Spirit results.  If we do the things the Lord puts on our hearts to do and keep following Him, our lives are transformed into what God originally intended for them to be – a living and loving relationship with our Creator where we increasingly become the people He created us to be and perform the tasks that He intended for us to do.  

So, in my case, did I really have to go to Indiana for the Deeper Walk Conference?  While I could have just stayed home and watched the live stream to get the instruction. But if I had stayed home, I would not have had the experience of meeting so many of my faithful friends and heroes in person. I would not have seen or experienced the beautiful things I encountered at the conference or on our tour of Chicago.  Because I chose to go or stepped out in faith, I believe I received much more by going than I would have if I didn’t go.   

And while I cannot claim I was especially rewarded for going on this latest spiritual pilgrimage, I can tell you this. 

Yesterday, while at the airport on the way back from said spiritual pilgrimage, I received a call from the real estate agent who is handling the sale of my old marital home – you know, the one that should have been sold in 2020 and required a law suite to get listed. – that home. Well, yesterday, the realtor called to inform me that we have 2 cash offers on the house.  

So although I can’t claim that the offers came because I went to the Deeper Walk Conference, I find it interesting that such a blessing would come right after I “stepped out in faith”.  I also find it interesting that a couple of hours after receiving this good news, the realtor contacted me again to tell me that each potential buyer, unasked,  increased the amount of their cash offers!  

After receiving this second good news – the news that tells even a skeptic like me that it looks like this long difficult episode surrounding my divorce in 2019, will finally be over – perhaps by year’s end, I texted the real estate agent back that “I walk in the Spirit, brother, and that’s definitely a God thing.”

While I don’t know exactly how all the details of how our relationship with God works, and have given up in trying to predict what things will come to pass and choose to just trust God, I can tell you that making the decision to follow the Lord and to obey what He puts on your heart can be used by the Lord to transform your life and to bless you in amazing ways.  

So as we begin another work week, today or tomorrow – depending on whether you have the day off today or not, (thank you Christopher Columbus or Indigenous People – for the day off), let me encourage you to get on or to stay on the path of Christian Discipleship by doing the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and just doing “what is right” according to God’s word.  When we follow God’s guidance and “step out in faith”, we grow and experience the life that God has for us and discover just how good, loving, and faithful He is!

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Assurance of Salvation.

1 John 4:13-16 (NLT2)
13  And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.
14  Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
15  All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.
16  We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

Today’s verses fall under the third point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Assurance of Salvation.

 3. We know that we live in him; and rely on the love God has for us.    

Today’s verses assure us that our relationship with God could not be any closer and when we confess that Jesus is the Son of God and Savior of the world, we can know how much God loves us.

God loves us and will never leave or forsake those who put their faith in Jesus and HE seals our love relationship by coming to live in us – literally – through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.  

When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit and when we choose to listen to and follow His guidance the truth of His presence in us becomes evident because His presence and power in us increasingly reveals the truth and leads us into God’s purpose for our lives – to be a vessel and agent for His life!

Our relationship with God includes faith and acting on faith – by believing God is with us and believing the truth of His word, we are moved to act – to trust, to learn, to obey. And when we do that we are assured of the reality of our relationship and thus are assured that we are children of God, are saved, and will live with Him and for Him forever.  

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for $0.99 (https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spirit-Arthur-Pink-Collection-ebook/dp/B008CM5292/ref=sr_1_3?crid=AHKAQOM39CTN&keywords=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit&qid=1684376225&sprefix=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit+%2Caps%2C96&sr=8-3) 

A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

28 -The Spirit Preserving

How the Spirit Preserves

The preservation of God’s people through all the vicissitudes of their pilgrim journey is accomplished, immediately, by the Holy Spirit. He it is who watches over the believer, delivering him when he knows it not; keeping him from living in the world’s sinks of iniquity, lifting up a standard when the Enemy comes like a flood against him (Isa. 59:19). He it is who keeps him from accepting those fatal heresies which deceive and destroy so many empty professors. He it is who prevents his becoming contented with a mere “letter” ministry or satisfied with head-knowledge and notional religion. And how does the Spirit accomplish the Christian’s preservation? By sustaining the new nature within him, and calling it forth into exercise and action. By working such graces in him that he becomes “established” (2 Cor. 1:21). By keeping him conscious of his utter ruin and deep need of Christ. By bringing him to a concurrence with His gracious design, moving him to use appropriate means. But let us be more specific.

“Teach me, O LORD, the way of Thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end” (Ps. 119:33). We lost the way of true happiness when we fell in Adam, and ever since men have wandered up and down vainly seeking rest and satisfaction: “They are all gone out of the way” (Rom. 3:12). Nor can any man discover the way of holiness and happiness of himself: he must be taught it spiritually and supernaturally by God. Such teaching is earnestly desired by the regenerate, for they have been made painfully conscious of their perversity and insufficiency: “Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man” (Prov. 30:2) is their confession. It is by Divine and inward teaching that we are stirred into holy activity: “I will keep it”—that which is inwrought by the Spirit is outwrought by us. Thereby our final perseverance is accomplished: “I will keep it to the end”—because effectually taught of Jehovah.

“When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee” (Prov. 2:10, 11). For wisdom to enter into our hearts means that the things of God have such an influence upon us as to dominate our affections and move our wills. For knowledge to be pleasant to our souls signifies that we delight in the Law of God after the inward man (Rom. 7:22), that submission to God’s will is not irksome but desirable. Now where such really be the case, the individual possesses a discernment which enables him to penetrate Satan’s disguises and perceive the barb beneath the bait, and is endowed with a discretion which makes him prudent and cautious, so that he shuns those places where alluring temptations abound and avoids the company of evil men and women. Thereby is he delivered from danger and secured from making shipwreck of the faith: see also Proverbs 4:6; 6:22–24.

“I will make an Everlasting Covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them to do them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me” (Jer. 32:40). This statement casts much light upon the means and method employed by God in the preserving of His people. The indwelling Spirit not only constrains the new nature by considerations drawn from the love of Christ (2 Cor. 5:14), but He also restrains the old nature by a sense of God’s majesty. He often drops an awe on the believer’s heart, which holds him back from running into that excess of riot which his lusts would carry him unto. The Spirit makes the soul to realize that God is not to be trifled with, and delivers from wickedly presuming upon His mercy. He stimulates a spirit of filial reverence in the saint, so that he shuns those things which would dishonor his Father. He causes us to heed such a word as, “Be not highminded, but fear: for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee” (Rom. 11:20, 21). By such means does God fulfill His promise “I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes” (Ezek. 36:27).

“For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith” (Gal. 5:5). It is the stirrings of hope, however faint, which keeps the soul alive in seasons of disappointment and despondence. But for the renewings of the gracious Spirit, the believer would relinquish his hope and sink into abject despair. “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert” (Isa. 35:5, 6): it is by fresh supplies of the Spirit (Phil. 1:19) that there comes not only further light, but new strength and comfort. Amid the perturbations caused by indwelling sin and the anguish from our repeated defeats, it is one of the Spirit’s greatest works to sustain the soul by the expectation of things to come.

“Who are kept by the power of God through faith” (1 Pet. 1:5). Here again we are shown how the preservation of the saint is effected: through the influences of an exercised faith—compare 1 John 5:4. Now faith implies not only the knowledge and belief of the Truth, but also those pious affections and dispositions and the performance of those spiritual duties which constitute practical holiness. Without faith no man can attain unto that holiness, and without the power of God none can exercise this faith. Faith is the channel through which the mighty works of God are wrought—as Hebrews 11 so clearly shows—not the least of which is the conducting of His people safely through the Enemy’s land (1 John 5:19).

Perseverance in grace, or continuance in holiness, is not promoted by a blind confidence or carnal security, but by watchfulness, earnest effort and self-denial. So far from teaching that believers shall certainly reach Heaven whether or not they use the means of grace, Scripture affirms, “If ye live after the flesh ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Rom. 8:13). God has not promised that, no matter how loosely a saint may live or what vile habits he may persist in, he shall not perish; but rather does He assure us that He will preserve from such looseness and wickedness as would expose him to His wrath. It is by working grace in our hearts, by calling into exercise the faculties of our souls, by exciting fear and hope, hatred and love, sorrow and joy, that the saint is preserved.[1]

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[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).