PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 3:7-12
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
I want to try something. I wonder if some are reading my reflections first. Try listening for the Lord in the passage first, and post your own comment. My comments are not meant to shape yours, but to let you see how the Spirit spoke to me. I would like to hear how the Spirit is speaking to you through the passage!
“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)
How do I know that the Spirit of God is working in me?
We need to look at what is happening inside of us.
God’s Spirit is ‘holy’, as opposed to an ‘unholy’ or ‘unclean’ spirit.
To be holy is to reflect the character of God… but what is God like?
Paul unpacks God’s character in his list of ‘good fruit’.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
This is what results when God is at work, the fruit of God’s holy Spirit in us.
The Spirit will work to burn away (fire) whatever does not reflect this fruit.
If I am open to the Spirit of God and Jesus, I will experience this burning.
I will feel conviction, sorrow for bad fruit, and a longing to change.
I will strive, with God’s help, to put bad fruit to death, and produce better fruit.
Every time I feel conviction and the desire to do better, the Spirit is working.
But John challenges me today too: am I surrendering myself to this good Spirit?
Lord, may Your Spirit continue to burn away the chaff and build up the good fruit in me. And may I cooperate with Your Spirit, and not resist the changes You want to make.