Five Ways to Keep in Step With the Spirit in 2014


Over the holidays, I found myself becoming apathetic about most things: my fitness, good eating habits, and yes, even trying to post for the blog. 
Thankfully, I came upon this terrific sermon by John Piper on Jonathan Edwards, who was an incredibly disciplined individaul when it came to studying God’s word.  The sermon in itself is a wonderful piece of work, but tucked in the end was a Q&A session from the audience, and Dr. Piper gave this brilliant acronym for working in the Power of the Holy Spirit:
A.P.T.A.T.
Admit that you cannot do whatever it is you want to do without Christ
Prayfor Assistance, Help, Enablement to do that task
Trust in a particular promise of God to help you in that situation (i.e. Philippians 4: 6-7 Do not be anxious about anything,but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. )
Act.  Get up, do it. There is no passivity here, and in the words of Dr. Piper, “Don’t wait for the Holy Spirit to kick you in the butt.”
Thank the Lord that you’ve had the wherewithal to do it.

Has this helped with a particular task that you’ve been meaning to address in a while?  Please share, and I hope you’ll be able to apply this throughout this year.

Happy 2014!!

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