Friday, December 19, 2008

#21 Together By His Spirit

"...make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same
love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose." Philippians 2:2 NASB

While I was in high school I took a physics class. To say that I had no
interest in physics would be like saying the Sears Tower is a tool shed. I
hated the thought of even taking physics because I knew there was going to
be quite a bit of math involved and I did not like doing math. That changed
somewhat as I realized that math was used to count money, but at that time I
was not excited about taking the class. Despite me not being thrilled about
taking high school physics, I actually learned some really cool things in
the class.

One of the coolest things I learned was what is known as the
Bernoulli Principle. It is a principle discovered by Swiss mathematician
Daniel Bernoulli that states that as the speed of a moving fluid increases,
the pressure within the fluid decreases. In more plainer terms, when a
fluid such as air or water increases in speed there will be less pressure
within that fluid. We see this take place in many ways in everyday life.

No doubt many of you have stood around a camp fire and perhaps complained
that the smoke seems to be following you. The truth of the matter is that
it is following you, sort of. What actually happens is that the heated air
surrounding the fire attempts to rise. As it rises it moves faster that the
cooler air that is around it. When the heated air moves faster the air
pressure decreases and the cooler air then pushes the smoke toward you. So
you may think that the wind seems to be shifting to constantly blow the
smoke toward you but you are actually just participating in an experiment to
prove Bernoulli's principle.

In high school we took two ping pong balls and suspended them each from a
string about 6 inches apart. Then we took a hair dryer and used it to blow
air between the two balls. As the air moved faster between the two balls
the air pressure decreased between the two balls and they moved toward each
other and stayed touching as long as we kept the air moving faster between
the two balls. This is what happens when you take a shower and the shower
curtain seems drawn to you. The moving water works like the air from our
previous example and when the air pressure is decreased between you and the
shower curtain the higher air pressure from outside the tub pushes the
shower curtain against you. I was fascinated by this principle when I
learned about it many moons ago back in 1990.

When I think of this scientific principle it reminds me of the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives He moves other things out of the
way that keep us from being as close to God as we should. I like to think
of this in terms of our scientific discussion from the previous paragraphs.
When He, the Holy Spirit, moves upon us He pushes the stagnant air between
us and God out of the way. When He does that the negative pressure between
us and God decreases and we are able to become closer to God by the power of
His Spirit through the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Please know friends that you and I cannot come to God the Father without Jesus Christ. We do not have the option to choose whether or not we will go to the Father without Jesus. Without Jesus you cannot get to the Father. Christ Himself told us
this when He said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes
to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6). So when we pray to our Father
God it is by the Spirit of God that our prayer is taken to Jesus (Romans
8:26) where our weak prayers are mixed with His mighty prayers to be
presented to the Father on our behalf.

Friends, I pray that today each one of us will pray and ask the Holy Spirit to remove any and all obstacles that may exist between us and our Father God. Pray that the stagnant air of our dull, lifeless prayers would be blown away entirely so that we may experience the power of God in our lives in a way that we never have before.

I believe that Christ longs for us to have such a deep relationship with Him
that nothing in this world would be able to pull us from the love of Christ
(Romans 8:35-39), but only you can decide if you will let go of the sins
that separate you from God. Only you can allow God's Spirit to come in and
remove the clutter from the throne room of your heart so that Christ and
Christ alone can reign supreme. Wont' you stop just now and surrender
everything to Him? When each of us live a surrendered life we will have the
love, unity and united purpose that the early church believers experienced.
Let us come together in God's Spirit friends that we too may be united with
Christ and one another to accomplish the work the Lord has given us to do.

Dear Father God,
We pray just now because we realize our deep need of a Savior. We need the
love of Christ living in and through us like no other time in the history of
mankind. Father, we know that Christ will come again soon and we long to be
ready each moment that we may be called to meet Him in the air. Father, we
long to have the air cleared between us and You. Please send Your Spirit to
come and remove any sinful, reproachful thing from our lives that we may be
drawn closer to You than ever before. We surrender our hearts and lives to
You just now and we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Keep us forever in
You love O God for we pray in Jesus' name, Amen!

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