Learning to Follow the Holy Spirit

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When my children were small, there would be many times I would announce a family outing. “Come on kids, we are all going to Taylor’s Falls (a beautiful river and mountainous hiking area) for a picnic and hiking. You have a half hour to get ready to go.” With four children, there were always different ideas about what they wanted to do. “Oh dad, do we have to go there again, we just went last year?” “I don’t want to go hiking, can’t we just hang out around the house?” and so on.

I really didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to their whining. I knew they would grow out of it over time. Continuing to remind them of having a good and honoring attitude was just a part of their ongoing speech they would hear from Renee and I as we left on outings like this.

Planning these kinds of days took some work and preparation, so I was at times, tempted to get a little upset with their attitude. Renee was great to remind me of our approach to situations like this. “Don’t worry,” she’d say. “I just tell them, this isn’t a democracy or something that’s up for a vote.” “I get this from them all the time whether it’s hauling them to a grocery store or wherever. I just try to make it fun and they are usually glad.” I agreed with her. I had seen exactly that happen, time and time again. We’d usually have a great time and the kids would end up thrilled that we went. I’d ask them on the way home, “Well are you guys glad we went today?” With a sheepish look they’d say, “Yes dad. You were right and we were wrong. Thank you for taking us – it was really fun!”

Galatians 5:16 says, “…live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” There are many times where our flesh and our soulish man (our mind and emotions) want to do the wrong thing or are lazy and don’t want to do anything. Our flesh and soul seldom like discipline, or moderation, or doing things that we know are good for us. How many times have you thought about getting up and exercising, or reading your Bible and praying, or beginning a diet, only to abandon those thoughts in a very short time?

Most mornings I will go through an exercise routine. Very seldom as I drag my body out of bed, is it excited about jumping into an exercise routine. Yet I know I will be glad once I’m done. If there were 20 things I should do to start out my day, flossing my teeth would be the last on the list yet I know it’s important and so I do it.

When I will pay attention and listen, the Holy Spirit will always speak to me or impress me to do the right thing. When I obey that leading, then I won’t be doing what my lazy or lustful flesh and mind might cry for. God wants you to yield to the Holy Spirit and have your spirit lead your mind, emotions, and flesh. When it does, you will be walking in the will of God. When we learn to consistently do what our spirit is impressing us to do, then we are learning “..to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit.”

Over the years there have been many areas in my life where I needed to learn to make changes that the Holy Spirit was showing me to make. Those little changes yielded huge results – a happier wife, happier kids, and godly disciplines instead of lazy attitudes. These changes literally changed my character and made me a better man over time.

As adults, we don’t outgrow the things that come at us that we don’t want to do  and that we have to do. We can whine or complain, or we can grow up. We can develop a good attitude or we can bellyache. We want our kids to develop a good attitude. What about us? 2 Cor 7:1 says, “… let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

For many people, life can be one big pain in the rear end. It doesn’t have to be. If we will let our minds and emotions be purified by trusting in God’s ways and

the leading of His Spirit, the Lord blessing can make every path and process that we go through so much more enjoyable and peaceful.

Galatians 5:16 “So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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About Pastor Tim

Pastor Tim has been an Associate Pastor at Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, MN since 1989. Prior to LWCC, he worked Northwest Airlines. In 1985 he founded and was President of American Infant Care Products which marketed his patented invention, the first fold-down commercial infant changing table now used worldwide in public restrooms. Tim and his wife Renee created a Small Group Ministry when the church was about 800 people in size. Today LWCC is a church of over 10,000 people led by Sr. Pastors Mac and Lynne Hammond. He continues to lead a diverse Small Group Ministry of over 200 groups. Tim’s responsibilities also include oversight over the Visitor and Member Relations Department, Leadership and Volunteer Development, and the Pastoral Care Department. Pastor Tim is also the Minnesota State Director of Christians United for Israel. Tim is a Christian blogger writing "Fresh Manna" read in over 196 countries. He has a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Maranatha College. Most recently, Tim was named one of the top 55 blogging Pastors, a top Minnesota Social Media influencer and has a strong presence on Twitter being one of the leading Twitters in Minnesota with over 93,000 follower as of September, 2014. He has 4 adult children, 6 grandchildren, loves to play golf with his wife Renee, and is a prize winning gardener.


3 thoughts on “Learning to Follow the Holy Spirit

  1. umm great lesson. God bless you sir

    Posted by kehinde paul | August 26, 2014, 8:50 am
  2. Life changing sermons, my life has n is continuously changing

    Posted by Sicelesihle | January 31, 2014, 9:53 pm

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