The Holy Spirit dwells inside every believer. In turn, we dwell in Him. John 14:17 says, “…you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” He is resident to lead us into truth that will set us free. Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”
What did we need to be healed from? A sin sick soul that was bound in sin and could not get free. John 8:34 says, “…Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave to sin.” Verse 36 says, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
That is a powerful truth, but sometimes we forget that we have been set free. We act like we are still bound. How can that be? There are still unresolved issues buried in our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 says that they can spring up at any time, certainly, when we least expect them.
Someone crosses your will, impinges on your perceived right, or you just react in your flesh. These are great indicators that there is unfinished business. That is what progressive sanctification is all about.
We are all in process. Our interpersonal relationships are God’s tool to help in that process. Think of a stone sculptor. They have to tap hundreds of times with their chisel and hammer in order to carefully chip away what blocks their design. Here is a new song.
Song of a Diamond
In the deep part of the earth there lies unnoticed a diamond in the rough. No one knows it is there but the God of all things who created it for His glory.
It’s dark and bulky not suitable in any way. Though the Craftsman who holds it sees the splendor He will give it. He takes His tool and begins to chip away the debris that hides the beauty.
One cut after another reveals the true purpose of this obscure form. Through patience, oh the patience required to release all that it is to be.
Even so this Great Creator sees us in our mother’s womb. He waits until the day we will make up His precious jewels and be a diamond tiara in His hands.
Oh the patience. Oh the patience required to be all He has called us to be.
Conflicts are part of the process. Yet, as we yield to the Holy Spirit, He will lead us into responses that will go crossgrain to our flesh. Our flesh screams for the right. That is God’s purpose. He uses conflict to reveal what is hidden deep inside that we have no awareness of.
The Holy Spirit taught me years ago to ask ‘What do I believe about myself right now?’ as I reacted in my flesh. Fleshly reactions are like the red light that appears on our vehicles’ dashboard. If we ignore it, there could be serious trouble escalating under the hood.
The Lord Jesus bore all our wounds. In 1 Peter 2:23 we read how we are to be like Him in times of conflict. Verse 24 says, “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” Our heart healing was already provided for in the atonement for our sins. Let us walk in that truth.