The Inspiration of Spiritual Initiative

Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard— just do what needs to be done!” That is what we mean by ordinary human initiative. But when the Spirit of God comes to us and says, in effect, “Get up and get going,” suddenly we find that the initiative is inspired.

We all have many dreams and aspirations when we are young, but sooner or later we realize we have no power to accomplish them. We cannot do the things we long to do, so our tendency is to think of our dreams and aspirations as dead. But God comes and says to us, “Arise from the dead….” When God sends His inspiration, it comes to us with such miraculous power that we are able to “arise from the dead” and do the impossible. The remarkable thing about spiritual initiative is that the life and power comes after we “get up and get going.” God does not give us overcoming life— He gives us life as we overcome. When the inspiration of God comes, and He says, “Arise from the dead…,” we have to get ourselves up; God will not lift us up. Our Lord said to the man with the withered hand, “Stretch out your hand” (Matthew 12:13). As soon as the man did so, his hand was healed. But he had to take the initiative. If we will take the initiative to overcome, we will find that we have the inspiration of God, because He immediately gives us the power of life.

Bible in One Year: Leviticus 19-20; Matthew 27:51-66

One thought on “The Inspiration of Spiritual Initiative”

  1. jonesjena1 says:

    Everyday is a struggle to survive spiritually. Satan, and his workers of iniquity are causing God’s people to fall apostate in today’s society. I work in the public realm, and the more I mention the name of the Lord, the meaner peoples responses are. Socially my life has been falling apart, and I felt like I was dying spiritually. Satanic forces of darkness were washing me over in miry gloom, and casting chasims of unhappiness over my eyes. I finally called out to God for help, I asked for mercy, I asked for grace, I asked for protection from Satan, and his workers of iniquity. The Lord heard my cry, and pulled me out of that horrible state of mind. I am still struggling to rid myself of all his forces of evil, however, it is very hard. You need the strength of the holy ghost to help relieve you of that sore filthiness the devil has attempted to cast upon you. I was almost made like Hannibal lectures pit pet, locked up, afraid to call out for help. Do not allow for the serpent to bite, devour, or overtake you. Fight back! The weapons of our warfare are mighty, to the pulling down of Satan’s strongholds. Pull him down today….read Ephesians, beat the devil down, back to the pit where he emerged from.

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