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 How surrendered are we to the Holy Spirit?

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Do you think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

— James 4:5 KJV


James 4:5 NKJV

[5]Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?



For the most part, the word lust has a very bad sign in our minds. We think of sexual lust, for example, as something that must be eliminated from our lives. We think of a greedy kind of lust as an unreasonable desire for material possessions. Lust is something we don’t want to admit exists in our lives. On the opposite, we think of lust as something we want to get rid of. 


But James tells us that the Holy Spirit has lust — and because He is the Spirit of holiness (see Romans 1:4), we know that the lust of the Holy Spirit must be a healthy, godly kind.


Understanding this point is so important that we must stop and see exactly what James is trying to say to us here.


The word “lusteth” is taken from the Greek word "epithet" which is a compound of two Greek words, which describes an intense, excessive yearning for something. Usually, this word is used to indicate something morally wrong or sinful.


For example, this word could be used to picture a drug addict who daily requires a new “fix”— enough drugs to carry him into the next day. When the last fix wears off and his body is desperately crying out for a new infusion of chemicals, the drug addict nearly doubles over in pain, waiting for the next injection. Everything in him is focused on getting those chemicals. He is consumed with his need for more. The above word could describe that kind of desperate yearning.


The word epithet could also be used to describe the behavior of a sexual addict. Going from one sexual experience to the next, he is driven to keep going and going. In this case, the desire is so unnatural that enough is never enough. The desire can never be satisfied. People with such an addiction are raging with lust to have more and more sexual meetings of some type.


Interestingly, James would use the word epithet — translated “lusteth” — to describe the Holy Spirit in this verse. Why would James do this? Does the Holy Spirit truly lust? Why would James use such a word?


It’s important to understand that the word “lust” doesn’t refer to something bad unless it is used in a bad meaning. It can be used in a good way.


James 4:5 demonstrates this truth by telling us that the Holy Spirit Himself “lusteth.” In other words, there is something that the Holy Spirit is yearning for — something He passionately longs to possess. 


One expositor has translated this verse to read, “The Spirit that dwelleth in us has an intense yearning.…” But what does the Holy Spirit yearn for so strongly?


After all the Holy Spirit has done in us, it should be no great shock to discover that He is in love with each believer He indwells. The fact that the Spirit of God views our mixing and absorbing with the world as adultery should alert us to the intense love and affection He has for us.


The Holy Spirit was sent to be our Helper and Comforter. Although He does many other things, His primary job is to help us find Jesus Christ, help us grow as Christians, help us, witness, help us worship, help us understand God’s Word, and so on.


Everything the Holy Spirit is to us — our Indweller, our Sealer, our Sanctifier, and the Power of our new life in Christ — is encompassed in His deep love for us. His work, His attention, His gifts, His power, and His Word are all directed toward us. We are the objects of His love and affection. As a Divine Lover who lives on the inside of us, His love and affection are single-heartedly focused on us. He passionately yearns to fulfill His responsibility to the Father to help, to teach, to guide, and to empower us.


James used the word epithet to describe the Holy Spirit’s intense desire to possess us and fill us. This word emphatically means the Holy Spirit wants more and more of us. When it comes to you and me, He can never get sufficient!


We usually sing and say I want more of God in my life. Did you know God wants more of you as much as you want more of Him? 


I walk with the Lord, over the years, I have learned one important thing about my relationship with God: It doesn’t matter how much I surrender to His sanctifying power today, by tomorrow He will be asking me to surrender more. Every second, every minute, every day, every week, and every year that passes by, my eyes are illuminated to new areas of my life that have never been surrendered, and each time the Holy Spirit asks me to yield those areas to His control.


Human flesh doesn't like to relinquish quickly. 


Ever since the time I made Jesus the Lord of my life, I’ve been surrendering all as the Holy Spirit convicts me and shows me areas where I’ve never fully surrendered. I first called Jesus “Lord” many years ago, but I’m still learning to accept His Lordship in various areas of my life. It doesn’t matter how much I think I’ve surrendered or how yielded I think I’ve become, there is always more to surrender and more He desires to possess of my life.


Likewise, the Holy Spirit desires to occupy you — all of you. This desire is so intense that it almost appears excessive compared to natural, human lust. He is focused on changing you, empowering you, conforming you to the image of Jesus Christ, and helping you fulfill God’s plan for your life.


The amazing thing is that the Holy Spirit dwells within each of us as believers, thinking of and focussing on each of us all at the same time! He is always looking for ways to help us in our walk with God. The Holy Spirit is consumed with a flaming, passionate desire to fill us up with His love and affection and to possess ever more of us.


Let the Holy Spirit love you! Let Him control you! Let Him exercise His authority in your life! Let Him flood you with His divine desire! Every intention He has for you is good, holy, and pure. How can you go wrong by surrendering your life, your mind, your family, your spouse, your children, your business, your ministry, your actions, and your behavior — everything that you are and everything you have — to the Holy Spirit?


The Holy Spirit “dwelleth” in us, and He “lusteth” for us. Meditate deeply on these two truths, and you will come to understand in a more profound way than you ever have before what it means to have the Spirit of Almighty God Himself forever abiding within you and passionately yearning for you.


The Holy Spirit will never be satisfied with a shallow fellowship; He is in constant pursuit of true communion with you. So make a decision today that from this day forward, you will start satisfying the Holy Spirit’s passionate yearning for you to know Him confidentially on a deeper, more sustained level than you ever have before!


Can I have more of you Spirit of God? 


I pray that the Spirit of God will encounter you afresh as you yield and surrender yourself to Him today. 


Amen.

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