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November 29, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | November 29, 2015

Want to Have to

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Keep reminding yourself: He is a person. He knows and can sense the difference between willing cooperation by a man and compliance.  One is “want to” connect and relate; the other is “have to” comply.  There’s a huge difference.  The Holy Spirit’s voice should be a welcomed, needed, and respected interruption for us, no matter the situation, issue, or moment. Being disposed and ready to listen means increasing measures of life and peace for God’s Man.  Resenting, ignoring or muting His voice results in chaos and destruction personally, spiritually, emotionally, and above all relationally.

The enemy of God and man puts great energy into persuading you to not think in these terms. The Fathers’ thinking on your relationship with His Holy Spirit is straightforward: “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). God’s Man cannot afford to play nickel poker with the Holy Spirit when the stakes are life and death. That is why all of us must face the control issues in our lives honestly, squarely, and biblically. We simply must ask who’s in control.  The answer is either (a) self or (b) the Holy Spirit.

As fathers and husbands we know the difference between love that is freely given and love that is given out of a “have to” motivation. That is what brings the intimacy in any relationship. The Holy Spirit never demands your love. He desires your willing love.

Big difference between intimacy and religion, huh Lord? Thanks.

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