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Flying Closer to the Flame by Charles Swindoll

Posted on: December 5, 2011

FLYING CLOSER TO THE FLAME: A PASSION FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
Written By Charles R. Swindoll
Published by:Paternoster Press
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN: 978-0850096101

MY BOOK REVIEW:

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT:

And the author states “Remember….He is like the Wind… mysteriously on the move… blowing here, changing there, altering plans, creating stretching situations, stimulating wholesome desires, prompting decisions. These are all included in “the things of the Spirit” and only those who fly closer to the flame are sensitive enough to realise that.”

Therefore as the author states: “to enter these new dimensions of the spiritual life, we must be rightly related to the Holy Spirit.

WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DO FOR US:

He is an enabling power. He doesn’t always give us power to be immeasurably surpassing our own human ability. He gives to us empowerment and in power that of being dynamic.

He gives to us an affirming Will to spur us onwards. It is Spirit-filled dynamic: perseverance. A boldness and determination.

As the author states “to come to Him, the three forces of resistance must be removed:

1. The barrier of the fearful unknown.

2. The wall of traditional limitation.

3. The obstacle course of personal excuses.

The Holy Spirit is to the believer, that which gives the Christian a spirit filled existence. The Holy Ghost energizes us to stay the course. He motivates us in spite of the obstacles. He keeps us going when the road gets rough. It is the Holy Spirit who comforts us in our distress, who calms us in times of calamity, who becomes our companion in loneliness and grief, who spurs our ‘intuition’ into action, who fills our minds with discernment when we are uneasy about a certain decision.

When we are filled with the Spirit, we begin to relate to others in the family of God. We want to hear what they have to say. We want to learn from one another.

And what does the Holy Spirit fill me with and can with others too:

1. He leads us to a melodious heart.

2. He makes us to be thankful people.

3. And His filling leads us to appeal to each other.

And being on this Spirit filled walk not only changes a life, such as my own, but in the process it absolutely transforms a home. For it has within it a practical response to how we live.

NOTE: As the author says – Nowhere in the Scriptures do I find a statement that limits the Holy Spirit’s presence or dynamic to some bygone era he is with us forever.

And what that means for those Christians who have an affinity with the Holy Spirit is: “Each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” Corinthians 12:4-7, for the Holy Spirit is that of the Divine Nature.

And that’s what I am trying to do within my own existence of being during my lifetime.

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