Continuing with our study through the Robby Dawkins book "Do what Jesus Did", he talks through this idea that "in the Christian life, it is easy to get caught up in the 'bling" of God and get distracted or mistake it for God Himself (Dawkins 40)". As we get more comfortable with seeing God work and move in our lives, we can easily get into the mindset that God is our vending machine or like a genie in a lamp. We lose sight of why God is wanting to use you for miracles and just getting excited about the miracle. God wants to, 1. have a deep and personal connection and relationship with you, and 2. See people who are lost get saved. Those are the reasons for signs and wonders. Walking in the Holy Spirit should bring you closer to a love relationship with God and also see the Kingdom of God expand. No matter what God does through us, our response should be “Lord take me deeper". We don’t want to get caught up in the cool things but rather press into what God wants for us.
Robby Dawkins talks about how Moses encountered God. Dawkins Says" Faced with His glory, our pride dies, our arrogance dies, our will dies (43)". when you experience God, you will walk away humbled, not prideful of what you have done. Yes, we should get excited about the work we get to be apart of, but the Holy Spirit working in you should not cause you to get puffed up with pride. The Holy Spirit should bring you into a healthy relationship with God. As we learn how to partner with the Holy Spirit, we get to be apart of seeing God’s will be accomplished. we get to be apart of Kingdom work.
Jesus talked several times about the type of life we will receive when we have Him. He said, "anyone who believes in Me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, 'Rivers of living water will flow from his heart" (John 7:38 NLT)". Jesus also talks about having living water in Him when He talked to the woman at the well in John 4. Only through Jesus can we have living water. Only through Him can we have that life-giving water for our own soul, to make our dry bones live, but we get to now be vessels or conduits for that living water to flow out of our lives and bring life in Jesus to people around us. We are blessed with life, so now we get to bless others with life with God. We have that kind of power and authority only through the Holy Spirit moving and working through us.
My homework for you is to pray about how your relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit is going. Are there areas in your heart or walk with the Lord that are “dry bones” that need to have Jesus’ living water revitalize? What areas in your walk with the Lord bring up a sense of unhealthy pride? Write those down and journal through them this week!