Judges 13-21, Ezekiel 1-4, Acts 20-26
“But He showed us, ‘There is all the difference in the world between your surrendered life in My hands, and Me living My life in your body.’… We had thought that there was some virtue in our surrender: that we, with thousands of others, would be the people to evangelize the world in this generation. But now He had come, and we were out of it—except in so far as our bodies would become the temples in which He would dwell and through which He would work…”
–Norman Grubb, Rees Howell, Intercessor
This week we have seen the Spirit on every page of our reading. We have seen His life filling and empowering ordinary men to do extraordinary things. InJudges we read of Samson who grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him… (Judges 13:24,25 NKJV). Samson was used by God and even gave his life in one final act of obedience to the Lord (Judges 16:30, NKJV). We read of Ezekiel whom the Spirit entered (Ezekiel 2:2, NKJV), spoke through, and made a watchman for the house of Israel (Ezekiel 3:17, NKJV). And we continued our journey with Paul whom we read last week purposed in the Spirit (Acts 19:21, NKJV); he did not make decisions and then ask the Lord to bless them. He sought the will of the Father, He obeyed each prompting of the Spirit and moved accordingly.
From the Old Testament story of Samson to the prophet Ezekiel to the New Testament hero, Paul we have seen Spirit-filled men being used of God. And isn’t that what we want for ourselves? But the question God has put to my heart is this, “Are you willing to be emptied completely, to be put to death, to be undone on My terms, and not your own?”
The Holy Spirit is looking for bodies that He can fill and walk about in and do the bidding of the Father. But He can only fill those which are empty, He doesn’t share. It’s all of us, for all of Him! What an exchange! What is there in your life that is blocking His filling? Are you willing to ask “Spirit, reveal all that is keeping me from being wholly Yours.”?
“It isn’t a painless process, but we can trust Him to do it! “We understood that crucifixion was a slow death and that He would have much to deal with in us before He would really be free to do His work through us. But one thing we knew-He had come and He could never fail.”
–Norman Grubb, Rees Howell Intercessor
Take heart, dear woman! All of us at Titus Women are praying that the Spirit would come and fill each person reading today because we can trust Him.