The “I Want To” of our Christian Experience
It is good to be obedient to the Word of God, by the impressions of the Holy Spirit.
It is better to “I want to”, for Christ’s sake.
Philippians 2:13 ” For it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
If the Holy Spirit has not yet created within you a desire for Spiritual Reality, then that is the place to start. This is the “want to”.
We are to come to Him and ask for it, to be placed within us.
It is usually a progressive desire.
We go from lost to born again. But we are babes, needing a whole lot of care. A whole lot of His teaching us His Will and Way.
We go from rebels (yes, this is even as Christians), fighting against God because of our position in the world, our looks, our parents, our circumstances; to yielding to the Holy Spirit, where we throw down these “reasons” against God, and submit.
(2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
We go from stumbling along (because we do not want to do what He asks, or are afraid to find out what He asks), to walking with Him in fellowship.
The way forward, in all of these, is: Yielding, denying self, getting out of the way. There are a lot of terms for the same experience (and it is an experience), of giving in to Christ.
Proverbs 23:26 “My son give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”
Notice it is as we give the Lord our hearts, that we will yield to His ways for us.
Now I believe that when the Bible speaks of our heart, it is speaking of our souls.
That which is uniquely us. Our personality, if you will.
I believe, it is most precious in God’s sight, having sent His Beloved Son to save it.
Give Him your heart, and keep giving it; till you know he has it.
“Let” thine eyes observe my ways. Let it happen. This is an act of your will. Let it.
Stop resisting it; for whatever reason.
Now, plainly, it is the Holy Spirit that works these changes within us:
John 7:38-39 “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they which believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
If you don’t have this flowing rivers of living water in you, and through you, then it means you have blocked that flow. That is why the Word says, “let it”.
(But let me tell you, like the water, the Holy Spirit keeps building up, and building up behind the blockage; till it is dealt with)
It is His power and love, that molds us into Christ’s image.
Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
As Christ is our example, we are to follow Him into the experiences of the love of God, our Father; of doing His Will, willingly; of trusting, to the end, on His Word to us; and of living in the Light of His Love.
Jude 21 “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
All of this is by the Holy Spirit working in us:
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”