Dynamic, Fruitful Charisma 3, Corvettes and Caterpillars

Corvette L88 67 Renewed Restored

After being renewed and restored for 47 years, a $4,240 1967 Corvette L88 sold for $3.5 Million in 2014 at a Barrett-Jackson auction.  We place a high value on having things renewed and restored!

Genesis 1 says we were created in “Our image,” or the image of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  And because of sin, while still looking like Him (being able to walk and talk for example), we have been unable to adequately reflect His character in our sinful nature.  So God the Father sent Jesus as the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15), and then following his death and resurrection, He sent the Holy Spirit of Christ (Gal. 4:6, Rom. 8:9) to dwell in those who would believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord.  The Bible says that He is using every circumstance of our lives to “conform us to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:28-29).”  Titus 3:5 says He regenerates or restores us to our original state, and He renews us, completely changing us for the better.  He restores us to being created in the image of God and renews us by completely conforming us into the image of Christ!

All this may seem mysterious and supernatural, and it is, but it’s also noticeable, specific, and measurable.  When the Holy Spirit’s fruitful and dynamic charisma is at work in a person’s life, the Bible teaches His fruit and gifts (charisma) will be evident.  In Galatians 5:22-23, the Bible teaches the Holy Spirit produces 9 fruits in a believer’s life:  they are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.  In 1 Corinthians 12:1 and 12:4, the Bible also teaches that we should not be uninformed of the variety of “charismas” of the Holy Spirit. You can read about these in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Cor. 12:7-11, 27-31 and 14:12, and Ephesians 4:7, 11-14.  Some of the charismas are service, teaching, encouragement, giving, leadership, mercy, wisdom, knowledge, faith, helps, and administration.

I have begun praying for the working of the everlasting, completely efficient, all powerful Holy Spirit in my life in nine areas…

  1. LOVING SHEPHERD

The Spirit’s fruit of love or agape simply means to prefer what God prefers.  It implies a steadfast goodwill or affection for His creation.

The Spirit’s charisma of shepherd means to care for the total wellbeing of a person or group.

The dynamic, fruitful charisma of the Spirit’s loving shepherd makes us consistently forgiving so we may be like our Good Shepherd, not retaining our anger, but preferring to show steadfast love and goodwill for the whole team (Micah 7:18).

  1. JOYFUL MERCY

The Spirit’s fruit of joy means to be full of gladness, delight, or enthusiasm due to our awareness of God’s grace.  Literally we can sense Him kneeling or leaning toward us to rejoice over us.

The Spirit’s charisma of mercy means to communicate God’s covenant loyalty.

The dynamic, fruitful charisma of the Spirit’s joyful mercy makes us remember that while we were still in sin, God was at work reconciling us to Himself through the death of His Son. So being in Christ, we experience God rejoicing over us with singing, and He makes us enthusiastically share with others the loyal mercies of God!

  1. PEACEFUL WISDOM

The Spirit’s fruit of peace means undisturbed serenity.

The Spirit’s charisma of wisdom literally means sophisticated interaction.

This dynamic, fruitful charisma of the Spirit’s peaceful wisdom makes us pray regularly so we can consistently interact with others with undisturbed sophistication.

  1. PATIENT (Long-suffering) SERVICE

The Spirit’s fruit of patience means we are long-suffering or long-tempered.

The Spirit’s charisma of service means God births in us a persuasion creating a willing

attitude.

The dynamic, fruitful charisma of the Spirit’s patient service makes us appreciate the

opportunities and people around us so we are long-suffering and continue with a willing attitude.

  1. KIND ADMINISTRATION

The Spirit’s fruit of kindness means having the integrity to do something helpful to meet real needs in God’s way in His timing, without harshness.

The Spirit’s charisma of administration means to steer or govern a ship at stormy seas to a safe harbor, bringing order to chaos.

This dynamic, fruitful charisma of the Spirit’s kind administration makes us have the integrity to respond to chaos without harshness and help the team make it to a safe harbor.

  1. GOOD LEADERSHIP

The Spirit’s fruit of goodness means we have a moral excellence that resembles God’s.

The Spirit’s charisma of leadership means a well-established character and respected reputation which provides the needed model to inspire and influence others.

The dynamic, fruitful charisma of the Spirit’s good leadership makes us have the kind of character that can keep us wherever His charisma takes us, so we can inspire and influence others toward Christ-like moral excellence.

  1. FAITHFUL FAITH

The Spirit’s fruit of faithfulness and the Spirit’s charisma of faith means a God-given persuasion or vision of His plan which leads us to confidently trust that He will come through.  The Lord continuously births faith in the yielded believer so they can know what He prefers (1 John 5:4).  In Scripture, faith is God’s warranty, certifying that the revelation He birthed in us will come to pass (His way).

The dynamic, fruitful charisma of the Spirit’s faithful faith makes us confidently hopeful.

  1. GENTLE ENCOURAGEMENT

The Spirit’s fruit of gentleness or meekness means expressing the power of God with

reserve and humility.

The Spirit’s charisma of encouragement means to call close beside to be a legal

advocate.

The fruitful charisma of the Spirit’s gentle encouragement makes us humble and strong

to cheerfully and gently advocate for, and comfort, others.

  1. SELF-CONTROLLED KNOWLEDGE

The Spirit’s fruit of self control or temperance means to have dominion from within for self mastery, creating a balanced or temperate disposition.

The Spirit’s charisma of knowledge means good doctrine, or having a biblical lifestyle gained from personal interaction with Christ and His Word.

The fruitful charisma of the Spirit’s temperate knowledge makes us repentant to change our minds and agree with God’s Word in our thoughts and attitudes, decisions, and actions.

 

A caterpillar needs 10 days inside the chrysalis (pupa) to be transformed into a monarch butterfly.   A 1967 Corvette L88 needed 47 years to be transformed into a $3.5 million collectors’ car.  How long does it take you and me to be transformed into the Spirit’s dynamic and fruitful charisma?  Maybe our transformation is more like trying to figure out how many licks does it takes to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?!!  The Scriptures promises the God of peace Himself will sanctify completely those who trust Jesus as their Savior and Lord.  He’s at work regenerating, renewing, and transforming us, because we have been predestined to be conformed into the image of Christ!  May you and I desire the dynamic, fruitful charisma of the Holy Spirit!

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Dynamic, Fruitful Charisma 2, Cameras and Cars

NASCAR-OSS-inspection

In 2018, Nascar used 16 cameras and eight projectors to inspect each race car.  They look for any discrepancies or features that break the rules and give a driver an unfair advantage.

Jesus said in John 16:8, “And when (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness.”  The word concerning in this context means to go all around and be comprehensive.  The Holy Spirit gives the believer a full regard for his/her sin, or how often he/she misses the mark, and falls short of Jesus’ perfect holiness.  The Holy Spirit also gives the believer a full regard for his/her need to be made righteous in God’s sight.

The Holy Spirit makes us regard ourselves as sinners that are being saved.  We realize that we fall short (Rom. 3:23) in every comparison to the holiness of Christ.  Paul said in Romans 7:18, “I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.  For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.”  I remember driving home after meeting with someone who had recently been released from prison.  He had assaulted minors and found forgiveness through Jesus while serving time.  As I drove home I had the thought, “Lord thank you that I have not done that.”  And I felt an almost physical slap on the back of my head and this thought, “WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?”  That sounded too close to the Pharisee’s prayer in Luke 18:11, “God, I thank you that I am not like others….”   I was reminded the Holy Spirit’s work in my life will instead cause me to pray, “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).  Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:15 that he was the worst of sinners.  Does that verse apply to us?  The next thought that came into my head was this, “Did that felon kill anybody?”  And I was reminded from 1 Peter 2:24 that my sin was placed on Jesus, and from Romans 4:25 that He was handed over to die because of my sins.  The reality is, friends, that if you have received Jesus as your Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit will remind you that you killed God’s only Son.  Do you realize that if you’re still living, no one has hurt you as much as you’ve hurt Jesus?  And yet He forgives us.  The Holy Spirit works in each believer the humility to understand that his/her sin killed Christ, making each one the biggest sinner in the room.  We cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s work of salvation in our lives when we daily regard ourselves as the chief of sinners.

The Holy Spirit also makes us regard ourselves as someone who is special to God, and is being sanctified.  We realize that as it says in Romans 15:16, He has made a way for the Gentiles to become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  The word to sanctify means to make holy, to consecrate, to regard as special or sacred.  God demonstrates the value He places on us when the Bible says we were redeemed or bought with the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:19), because we are God’s treasured possession (Deut. 7:6, 1 Peter 2:9), and precious to Him (Is. 43:4).  Our connection to Him through Christ makes us set apart, holy, sanctified.

In the Old Testament, the set apart, or holy, items in the tent of meeting were handled with special care.  The Lord told Moses and Aaron to train the sons of Kohath how to move the sacred things.  They had to cover them with porpoise or badger skins and a blue cloth.  They were not to look at them or touch them or they would die.  How much more are you and I special to the Lord!  If the temple curtain hadn’t torn in two at Jesus’ death, not only could we not come boldly to the throne of Christ through the blood of Jesus, but we couldn’t look at believers connected to the holiness of God.  We would all be covered by badger skins and blue cloths!

I had met with a Christian leader who had served very fruitfully for many years.  He acknowledged that somewhere along the way his sanctification had gone sideways.  What was at the bottom of his sin?  What speedbump had his sanctification hit?  Underneath it all, he had an inability to believe that he was special to God.  Over and over I hear how the inability to believe that we’re special to God and that He delights in us through Christ Jesus can cause sanctification to detour and we can find ourselves in a ditch of sin.  2 Thessalonians 2:13 says, “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.”  If we are to cooperate with His sanctification in our lives we have to believe that He regards us as special.  1 Thessalonians 5:23 says that the God of peace Himself will sanctify us completely.  We are never more at peace that when we’re sure God regards us as special and is doing a good work in our lives.  If we can’t accept that, we will simply regard ourselves as hopeless sinners, repeating the cycle of repenting and then falling again.  Or we will struggle with self- righteous thoughts, living in judgement and blame of others, and not being able to acknowledge our sin each day, missing the peaceful process of sanctification.  Many Christians understand salvation, but I find far fewer know how to explain or cooperate with sanctification.

How does this play out in relationships?   Or in leadership?  Or with loved ones?  May we slow down our racing souls and bring them into the camera tent for a “Full Regard” checkup.  Do we regard ourselves as the chief of sinners?  Do we regard ourselves as special to the Lord?  If you believe you’re more special and those around you are bigger sinners, you’ll have many problems.  If you regard yourself as the greatest sinner in the room, and you communicate to others that they are as special to the Lord as you are, you will find your relationships experience the warmth and peace that reflects the image of the invisible God.  The more we cooperate with the process of sanctification in our lives, the more we will experience the dynamic, fruitful charisma of the Holy Spirit.  Next we’ll learn 9 specific characteristics of this fruitful charisma.