This week as I planned an upcoming event, I started worrying it might not come together the way I hoped. I started to feel anxious.
The Holy Spirit is always at work. I'm learning to partner with him in both joyful and anxious moments. There are three questions I ask myself.
The first is: "Where do I recognize the work of the Holy Spirit around me?" In this case, I saw the Holy Spirit convicting me that I was trusting myself rather than God. I was looking for confidence in the event's success rather than in what God has done for me.
The second is: "How is the Holy Spirit reminding me of God's Good News?" Ephesians 2 gives a great summary of this good news.
In verse 1-3, we are reminded of our reality apart from Jesus - it says that we were dead. Anxiousness is just a small reminder of a much bigger problem when we live apart from Christ. I like the way that the ESV translation begins in verse 4. "But God..." The turning point isn't primarily about me; it is about God, who he is and what he has done.
"But God, being rich in mercy.." made us alive and seated us with him. For those who trust in Christ, this is already true. When we begin a relationship with Jesus, it says that we are "in him." Did we do anything to earn this? No, because it is "by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing". Verse 10 tells us that God has created us for good works that God has prepared for us. The Holy Spirit reminded me that I am secure in him. I am loved by him. I don't work to earn this. I work because he has prepared good works for me.
My third question is, "How is the Holy Spirit leading me to respond?"
Before continuing my work, I took a moment to pause and pray. I confessed that I was trusting myself. I thanked God that I am secure in him and for his love for me. I invited him to lead me into the works that he has prepared in advance for me.
Consider asking yourself these three questions today:
Where do I RECOGNIZE the work of the Holy Spirit around me?
How do I REMEMBER the Gospel is good news for me?
How do I then RESPOND?
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