Many people try to manage the Holy Spirit and their faith. It’s like putting the Holy Spirit in a fenced in backyard. If I do that:
- He’s controlled
- He’s predictable
- He’s manageable
Wrong. That’s not the way the Holy Spirit works. God doesn’t want to be put in a box with limits and in a controlled environment. He wants free reign!
So what limits us and why don’t we want to controlled by the Holy Spirit? Where I pastor, if I had to put a word on it: Reputation. Many people are more concerned about their reputation and what others think more than what God thinks. Here are responses I hear about the fear of being fully submitted and letting God control all our lives:
- I can’t be too radical because people will talk about me.
- What will my spouse think? What will my friends think? What will my kids think?
- If I give up control, I may have to give up things.
- I can’t have my name labeled with those unpredictable ones.
Our reputation is often put above going after more of God. Try reserving that today and see what happens. God is looking for a people that will put Him first and that will care more about Him than their own reputations.
Last thing: You can trust the Holy Spirit. He will never, never, never lead you into something bad. It will all be good! More than you can imagine! Go after more of God today. He will respond to you!