Don’t mistake atmosphere for location. When you fill the atmosphere with complaining, faultfinding, and murmuring it's not inviting to the presence of God. The same is true with the Holy Spirit: atmosphere is everything. The atmosphere of holiness, purity, praise, worship, prayer, love, and unity attracts the Holy Spirit—just as an atmosphere of lust, drunkenness, anger, and hatred attracts demonic spirits. If you are filled with the Holy Spirit, and He is dominating your life, then the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control and gentleness—will become increasingly evident in your life (Galatians 5:22-23).
In the place of rest, we receive; out of receiving we respond. Sometimes that looks like pursuing or pressing. But it’s a response to life, rather than striving for life. Receiving God’s life springing up within us’, rather than striving to break through to life. Faith born out of hope, rather than desperation.
Seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven means connecting to the source of life. It means pressing in to hear His active voice, reading His living word, and engaging in His power and present realities among us. When you turn your attention to those things, you turn on the power!
To break the “never enough” cycle you must accept that He IS enough, and because He is, we can rest in His accomplished works and walk confidently in the works He has prepared for us. You must also rest in your identity in Christ. Our culture is constantly screaming lies; tearing down truth and purity and tempting us with demonic influence.
Faith always moves us into action! Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Jonah, Nehemiah, Peter, Paul, and so many others had to go, obey, and open their mouths. We are called to live courageously and to put action to our faith. You may say, “I’m afraid!” The best way to break fear is to act. It is one thing to pray about a situation. It’s another thing to do something about it.
The Holy Spirit lives in us. In Him, we live and move and have our being. The Holy Spirit is not for HIRE in the moment, or someone we call on when we are in a bind. He abides in us!
Part of living as a Spirit-filled believer is recognizing that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are intended for use every single day, and in many different ways! The Holy Spirit was given in order that we may not only live life in full measure, but also minister the power of the Holy Spirit to others in full measure!
When it’s comes to repentance and forgiveness, do not hesitate or waste any time! Be quick to repent and quick to forgive others.
Through praise and worship, David changed his focus. On the wings of a song his spirit was lifted above his present circumstances into the presence of the One who is high and lifted up. The Bible states it very matter-of-factly: “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” There was nothing about the circumstance that was encouraging, and if David had limited his focus to the present circumstance, he would surely have gone into a deep depression. In times of uncertainty and upheaval, God was David’s constant. Why? Because God doesn’t change. No matter what the circumstance, God is above it, seated upon the throne of sovereignty and holding the scepter of dominion.
We will always come to places where discouragement is a choice. Like Zerubbabel, we need to confront those barriers with recognition of God’s grace in order to bring forth fruit and redemption to those circumstances.