The New Normal
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
The old prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the valley piled high with dead, dry bones reminds us of our broken sinfulness. Dead. Dry. Without hope. But God’s Holy Spirit does what is unlikely and impossible: He makes dry, dead bones come to life. And breathe. And flourish.
The Spirit is our only hope for life where there was death. Your coming to believe on Jesus is because the Spirit has brought life out of death. That is what Jesus says. Read it for yourself, John 3.1-8.
Paul says it well in Galatians 5.25: "Since we live, since our new life only came about because of the Spirit’s working . . .” (my paraphrase.) He said the same thing earlier in his letter to the Galatians, 3.3.
So, since the only way any of us came into His family was by the Holy Spirit’s giving life, since that’s true, now make the new normal in your life keeping in step with the Spirit.
Follow the leader.
Listen for His promptings.
Expect Him to nudge you along today.
Keep pace with Him.
Here is how The Message Version says it, "work out its implications in every detail of our lives."
Like Boaz, coming to the fields outside Bethlehem, Ruth 2: “Spirit, what do you want to do today?" Sometimes the Spirit pulls off huge stuff. Most often it’s smaller, incremental changes. But He wants us to keep in step, He wants to work in us, and through us.
We have been fleshing out Galatians 5.25 this way:
"Wake up each morning, and before you grab your phone, or tablet, or newspaper, or cup of java, ask God to make you more aware of the Spirit’s presence, of His leading the way in your life today. And ask Him throughout your day.”
Last fall we studied Francis Chan’s Forgotten God. I liked the read, and the truth. Here is a paragraph from his book that lines up with our desired new normal:
"God wants us to listen to His Spirit on a daily basis, and even throughout the day, as difficult and stretching moments arise, and in the midst of the mundane. My hope is that instead of searching for “God’s will for my life,” each of us would learn to seek hard after “the Spirit’s leading in my life today.” May we learn to pray for an open and willing heart, to surrender to the Spirit’s leading with that friend, child, spouse, circumstance or decision in our lives right now."