The Word and the Spirit

Experience is great, but it is important that we have something by which we can evaluate our experiences.  The Bible provides us with the means to establish a framework of understanding. 

Experiences can lead people in any direction.  God’s Word provides the right direction.  If our experiences are guiding us in a way that is contrary to God’s Word, then our experiences are wrong.

Over the last few years I have been greatly impressed with how God uses the combined effect of His Word and His Spirit.  The Word provides structure.  The Spirit provides life.  The Word provides perimeters.  The Spirit provides insight.  The Word provides direction.  The Spirit provides motivation.  The Word impacts our intellect.  The Spirit touches our emotions.  The Word fills our mind.  The Spirit fills our heart.  They work together to transform us from the people that we were, to the people that we are becoming in Christ. 

May that work continue both in me, and in you.

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7 Responses to “The Word and the Spirit”

  1. sue Says:

    the spirit touching our emotions is not somthing i really thought about. thanks for sharing it.

  2. cgirod Says:

    Nothing heals the heart better than the Holy Spirit.

  3. Susan Says:

    I love the pairs; structure & life, perimeters & insight, and my favorite direction & motivation. An amazing way to look at our life, and how God guides us in it. Thanks.

  4. cgirod Says:

    Susan, thank you for your kind response.

  5. Suzanne Says:

    AMEN to that!

  6. Ed Briggs Says:

    I have been studying the Old-Testement books lately, particularly the Pentateuch. I don’t have time right now to express fully what I am thinking, but I feel there is an important underlying element which is brought about by the hearing of the Word and the calling of the Spirit; and the is the Blood. When we initially hear the Word and sense the calling of the Spirit, we are “dead in our tresspasses and sins”. We may be moved by the W/S, but unless we take the step of confessing our sins and believing in Christ Jesus as our personal Savior, and thereby being washed in his blood and cleansed from all unrightousness, there remains an “acidity” if you will, that does not allow the seed planted by the W/S to grow. Therefore, I believe the W/S drops seeds in our hearts, but will not grow or produce fruit until we accept the Blood of Christ. Then the ongoing work of the Word and the Spirit produces abundant life, and joy unspeakable! B/W/S

    By the way, I would encourage those who regularly study the Word of God, not to neglect the Old-Testemtent; the Holy Spirit has spoken to my heart in so many ways while reading in those wonderful books. It is amazing how God was demonstrating His plan of salvation for mankind throughout history!

  7. cgirod Says:

    Ed,

    The Word and the Spirit will not change our lives without our cooperation. Our first step is our response to the basic call to repentance and faith. That is the beginning of God’s work in us.

    Certainly I would agree with you that the Old Testament should not be neglected in our reading of scripture.

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