5 Steps To A Life Formed By The Holy Spirit
One of America’s best theologians according to Time Magazine in 2001 Stanley Hauerwas said: “Christians are nothing without the Holy Spirit.” We have to muster the courage to be formed by the Holy Spirit if we’re to embark on the formation of Christ in us. It’s a beautiful process of surrender. It’s a life outside our control.
Galatians 6:8: “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
Here are 5 Steps to help you to be formed by the Holy Spirit:
1. Learn to withdraw with the Holy Spirit
Luke 5:16 “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
I am the first person to champion erasing the line between secular and sacred. The unneeded division has caused such unnecessary strife in the Church. However, we need balance with it. We can unintentionally lose sight of the need to withdraw with the Holy Spirit as we realize everything’s worship and anything can be done for the Lord.
This isn’t to earn anything, but to cultivate awareness. Jesus who understood the world as God-bathed and every act of life as worship didn’t use it as an excuse to not practice solitude. We practice withdrawing to intentional abide. The Holy Spirit is a person and as with any relationship it thrives with direct attention.
2. Don’t despise the gifts
1 Thess 5:19-20 “Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances.”
The gifts of the Spirit are the fast track of spiritual formation. The gifts of Spirit keep the valve of dependency turned on for the Christian. You can’t operate in this gifts without the Holy Spirit. This is why the Apostle Paul connections quenching the Spirit and the prophetic gift. If we stop valuing the gifts we will begin to operate in our own strength and quench the Spirit’s activity in our life.
The Holy Spirit gives these gifts to enhance and empower the Christian. They’re a source of edification for each other and individually. We need to turn our attitude toward celebrating the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We must welcome them and activate ourselves in them. The Holy Spirit is eager to reveal Himself through His gifts to us. If you’ve said the gifts aren’t for you then it’s time to repent and open your perspective.
3. Worship Jesus
John 16:14: “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.
The Holy Spirit wants to help us glorify Christ. Psalms talk about God being known in praise. We know God in an intimate way through worship. The Holy Spirit pulls us to a place of deep worship. It’s as if He is summoning us to the posture that will best shape us…worship.
The Holy Spirit knows we’re transformed by beholding God. He empowers us and postures us to gaze upon Jesus and in turn leads us to be formed in His image. If we dull our senses to the Holy Spirit we will begin to ignore the invitations by Him to experience God in worship.
God is enthroned upon the praises of His people. A life without praise is like broken chair. No one sits on it. The Holy Spirit breathes on our life and in turn, we worship the Trinity to experiences the depths of God.
4. Take Communion with A New Perspective
Luke 22:19 “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
John 14:26 “Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
The Holy Spirit enlightens us to Christ through the Eucharist. The physical act of breaking bread and drinking wine has a spiritual release in us. The Holy Spirit has an agenda to remind us of Christ and communion is a place we will discover the Holy Spirit in fresh ways.
The Holy Spirit makes Christ present again in us and forms us by this act. I’ve had some of the most intense experiences with God in communion. The Holy Spirit makes this a portal to the depths of God’s power and victory. Communion is like a recalibrating. The Holy Spirit uses the Lord’s Table to rearrange our life. He places things in the right order as we feast on Christ.
5. Commit to hearing His voice
Matthew 4:4: “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
There is life waiting for us as we lend our ear to the Holy Spirit. We do this by committing to hearing His voice. This means not living by good life principles all the time. It means cultivating a sensitivity to His voice.
If we stop rushing into life thinking we know everything then we can stop and hear the voice of God. The Holy Spirit’s looking to speak to our hearts concerning all matters of life. He even wants to impart eternal life. That doesn’t mean just salvation, but the quality of life that is eternal life.
God’s not looking to measure our life by whether we obey laws and principles. He wants to measure our obedience by our response to God’s voice. Do you we ignore it? Do we avoid it? Do we even seek it?
Rules don’t sustain a relationship. The Holy Spirit is looking to cultivate and sustain a relationship. We need to a constant relationship with the voice of the Holy Spirit. Our knowledge can hurt us. We can become overconfident in our answers. We have to give up our wisdom and our answers. This gives the Holy Spirit space to give us His wisdom and His answers.