Monday, August 2, 2010

Unhindered Spirit

The Beatitudes

And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. ~Matthew 5:1-12

Oswald Chambers writes in his classic My Utmost for His Highest, “The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of rules and regulations – it is a picture of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit is having His unhindered way with us.”

Living the beatitudes is as simple as allowing the Holy Spirit to infiltrate our lives. Wow, did I just say that? Doesn’t it seem that there really isn’t anything simple about letting the Spirit have His way? We humans often have a hard time with the most important part of our relationship – letting go and letting the Holy Spirit take over. Well, maybe that’s just me, but I suspect there are other humans out there that have this same problem. We put so many blocks and try end runs to hinder His work. It would be so much easier if we would just stop fighting for control.

If you can relate to this, are you willing to allow Him to have His unhindered way in you? It’s a tough question – I know, I’ve been asking it of myself since reading Chambers’ words. It’s not that I don’t want to; it’s that my humanness gets in the way.

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