“Contemplations on God’s Will”, Spurgeon, Teachings (Knowing God, Christian Quotes, Resources)

Our God who ordains all Things

We could spend a lifetime (and we will) seeking to understand the will of God, and still have more to understand and fathom. There is no dispute that God ordered all things according to His own will. Charles Spurgeon describes the providence of God;

“Who ordained, save the Lord, that there the Himalayas should lift their heads and pierce the clouds, and that there the deep cavernous recesses of the sea should pierce earth’s bowels of rock? Who, save himself, ordained that yon Sahara should be brown and sterile, and that yonder isle should laugh in the midst of the sea with joy over her own verdure? Who, I say, ordained this, save God? You see running through creation, from the tiniest animalculae up to the tall archangel who stands before the throne, this working of God’s own will. Milton was nobly right when he represents the Eternal One as saying, 

     “My goodness is most free
To act or not: Necessity and Chance
Approach not me, and what I will is fate.”

     He created as it pleased him; he made them as he chose; the potter exercised power over his clay to make his vessels as he willed, and to make them for what purposes he pleased. Think you that he has abdicated the throne of grace? Does he reign in creation and not in grace? Is he absolute king over nature and not over the greater works of the new nature? Is he Lord over the things which his hand made at first, and not King over the great regeneration, the new-making wherein he maketh all things new?” (a complete version of the Spurgeon Teaching is linked at the end of this article)

Spurgeon continues:

We are not saved against our will; nor again, mark you, is the will taken away; for God does not come and convert the intelligent free agent into a machine. When he turns the slave into a child, it is not by plucking out of him the will which he possesses. We are as free under grace as ever we were under sin; nay, we were slaves when we were under sin, and when the Son makes us free we are free indeed, and we are never free before.

regarding the work of The Holy Spirit:

As to the secret work, who knows how the Spirit works? “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but thou canst not tell whence it cometh nor whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit;” but yet, as far as we can see, the Spirit makes a revelation of truth to the soul, whereby it seeth things in a different light from what it ever did before, and then the will cheerfully bows that neck which once was stiff as iron, and wears the yoke which once it despised, and wears it gladly, cheerfully, and joyfully.

Yet, mark, the will is not gone; the will is treated as it should be treated; man is not acted upon as a machine, he is not polished like a piece of marble; he is not planed and smoothed like a plank of deal; but his mind is acted upon by the Spirit of God, in a manner quite consistent with mental laws. Man is thus made a new creature in Christ Jesus, by the will of God, and his own will is blessedly and sweetly made to yield. 

What is God’s Will

From Compelling Truth we explore a defined view of God’s view based on scripture.

Many Christians speak of knowing or doing God’s will, but what is it? The Bible speaks of God’s will from more than one perspective.

First, the Bible speaks of God’s sovereign, or supreme, will. Ephesians 1:11 teaches God is the One “who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” Job 42:2 affirms, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Romans 8:28 states that God’s will works for the good of believers: “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Second, the Bible also speaks of people doing God’s will. For example, God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). John 3:16 teaches, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The Lord wills or desires people to come to salvation as well as to obey His commands. For example, Jesus left the earth with the challenge to His followers to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Third, the Bible speaks of God’s will for our individual lives. Some of these desires are universal, such as 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” In other areas, God has a unique plan for groups of people as well as for our individual lives. For example, God spoke to the people of Israel as a group on one occasion, saying, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). To the apostle Paul, God once gave a dream to travel to a particular area to share the Gospel: “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them” (Acts 16:9-10).

In summary, God’s will can refer to His perfect plan known since the beginning of time, God’s teachings for all people, God’s specific desires for a community of people, or God’s unique plan for our individual lives. God knows all that will take place, has commanded us to follow certain teachings, and leads and guides both individuals and communities of believers toward certain actions that bring glory to His name.

Source: Compelling Truth

The Key to Knowing god’s Will

Knowing the will of God is one of the most important things we can seek in our Christian walk. The keys to knowing God’s will for decisions we make are twofold.

First, we have to be sure what we are asking or considering is not forbidden in the Bible. Second, God’s ultimate will for us is always to glorify Him and help us grow spiritually. If what we want meets these two qualifications and we still don’t receive what we are asking for, then it is likely not God’s will for us to have what we are asking for. Or, perhaps we just need to wait a while longer for it.

Knowing God’s will in specific situations is sometimes difficult. People want God to tell them specifically what to do—where to work, where to live, whom to marry, etc. God rarely gives people information that direct and specific.

But the key to knowing the will of God is found in Romans 12:1-2: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” This passage tells us that obedience to God is of utmost importance. We are to be “living sacrifices” to Him, offering everything we are and think and feel to Him, the essence of the greatest commandment—loving the Lord with all our heart, mind and strength (Matthew 22:37).

We also need to deliberately reject the voices that are contrary to His—”Do not be conformed to this world.” We will find it difficult to determine God’s will if we are so wrapped up in an ungodly culture that our thinking is warped.

Paul explains that no one knows a man’s thoughts except the spirit of the man (1 Corinthians 2:11-16). Believers have been given the Spirit of God, and He can teach us God’s thoughts and will. But we won’t be able to hear Him if our minds are filled with worldly concerns. To know the will of God, we should be so submitted to His Spirit that we can hear Him when He leads us.

Being able to determine God’s will in a situation is influenced by our effort to submit to Him and obey Him. But it’s also a matter of practice. We shouldn’t be so anxious to get it exactly right that we’re too paralyzed to act.

God knows when we are trying and He is bigger than our mistakes. He can redeem anything we do wrong. And the simple act of growing closer to Him through obedience and prayer will reap rewards of its own.

Source: Compelling Truth

Christian Quotes on God’s Will

Being a Christan is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you are ignorant of God’s word, you will always be ignorant of His will. –Billy Graham

The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God’s will to mine, but to mold my will into His. –Tim Keller

When your will is God’s will, you will have your will. –Charles Spurgeon

The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will. –Corrie Ten Bloom

In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not. –C. S. Lewis

The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world. –Elizabeth Elliot

Here’s how to determine God’s will for your life: Go wherever your gifts will be exploited the most. –John Stott

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply. –Hudson Taylor

There are no ‘if’s’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety – let us pray that we may always know it! –Corrie Ten Bloom

For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God’s will, to be what God wants us to be. –Thomas Merton

The purpose of prayer is emphatically not to bend God’s will to ours, but rather to align our will to his. –John Stott

To know that nothing happens in God’s world apart from God’s will may frighten the godless, but it stabilizes the saints. –J.I. Packer

Additional Resources on God’s Will

Charles Spurgeon, “God’s Will and Man’s Will”

John Piper, “What is the Will of God and How do we know it?”

Bible.org Stephen Cole, “Discerning the Will of God”

The Gospel Coalition, “God’s Will for Your Life is More Obvious Than You Think”

Tim Keller, YouTube “Your Plans, God’s Plans”

“The Wondrous Discovery of a Spirit-Filled life”, by Dr. Bill Blight, CRU (Walk in the Spirit, Christ-directed Life, by Faith)

Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life?

by Dr. Bill Bright 


Every day can be an exciting adventure for the Christian who knows the reality of being filled with the Holy Spirit and who lives constantly, moment by moment, under His gracious direction.
 

1. Natural Person (Self-Directed Life)

(Someone who has not received Christ.)

Self is on the throne, directing decisions and actions (represented by the dots), often resulting in frustration. Jesus is outside the life.

“A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them,  because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Corinthians 2:14, New American Standard Bible).

2. Spiritual Person (Christ-Directed Life)

(One who is directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit.)

Jesus is in the life and on the throne. Self is yielding to Jesus. The person sees Jesus’ influence and direction in their life.

“He who is spiritual appraises all things … we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:15-16, NASB).

3. Carnal Person (Self-Directed Life)

(One who has received Christ, but who lives in defeat because he is trying to live the Christian life in his own strength.)

Jesus is in the life but not on the throne. Self is on the throne, directing decisions and actions (represented by the dots) and often resulting in frustration.

“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3, NASB).

The Promise and The Problem

God Has Promised and Provided for Us an Abundant and Fruitful Christian Life

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, NASB).

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5, NASB).

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23, NASB).

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NASB)

The Spiritual Person

Some spiritual traits which result from trusting God:

  • Christ-centered
  • Empowered by the Holy Spirit.
  • Introduces others to Christ.
  • Effective prayer life.
  • Understands God’s Word.
  • Trusts and obeys God.
  • Experiences love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness and self-control.

The degree to which these traits are manifested in the life depends upon the extent to which the Christian trusts the Lord with every detail of his life and upon his maturity in Christ. One who is only beginning to understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit should not be discouraged if he is not as fruitful as more mature Christians who have known and experienced this truth for a longer period.

Why Is It That Most Christians Are Not Experiencing the Abundant Life?

Carnal Christians cannot experience the abundant and fruitful Christian life. The carnal person trusts in his own efforts to live the Christian life:

  1. He is either uninformed about or has forgotten God’s love, forgiveness and power (Romans 5:8-10; Hebrews 10:1-25; 1 John 1; 2:1-3; 2 Peter 1:9; Acts 1:8).
  2. He has an up-and-down spiritual experience.
  3. He cannot understand himself — he wants to do what is right, but cannot.
  4. He fails to draw upon the power of the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life (1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Romans 7:15-24; 8:7; Galatians 5:16-18).

The Carnal Person

Some or all of the following traits may characterize the Christian who does not fully trust God:

  • Unbelief.
  • Disobedience.
  • Poor prayer life.
  • No desire for Bible study.
  • Legalistic attitude or critical spirit.
  • Impure thoughts, jealousy and guilt.
  • Frustration and aimlessness.
  • Worry and discouragement.
  • Loss of love for God and others.

(The individual who professes to be a Christian but who continues to practice sin should realize that he may not be a Christian at all, according to 1 John 2:3; 3:6, 9; Ephesians 5:5.)

The SolutioN

Jesus Promised the Abundant and Fruitful Life as the Result of Being Filled (Directed and Empowered) by the Holy Spirit

The Spirit-filled life is the Christ-directed life by which Christ lives His life in and through us in the power of the Holy Spirit (John 15).

  1. One becomes a Christian through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, according to John 3:1-8. From the moment of spiritual birth, the Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit at all times (John 1:12; Colossians 2:9, 10; John 14:16, 17). Though all Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, not all Christians are filled (directed and empowered) by the Holy Spirit.
  2. The Holy Spirit is the source of the overflowing life (John 7:37-39).
  3. The Holy Spirit came to glorify Christ (John 16:1-15). When one is filled with the Holy Spirit, he is a true disciple of Christ.
  4. In His last command before His ascension, Christ promised the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to be witnesses for Him (Acts 1:1-9).

How, Then, Can One Be Filled with the Holy Spirit?

We are filled by the Holy Spirit by faith; then we can experience the abundant and fruitful life, which Christ promised to each Christian.

You can appropriate the filling of the Holy Spirit right now if you:

  1. Sincerely desire to be directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:6; John 7:37-39).
  2. Confess your sins. By faith, thank God that He has forgiven all of your sins — past, present and future — because Christ died for you (Colossians 2:13-15; 1 John 1; 2:1-3; Hebrews 10:1-17).
  3. Present every area of your life to God (Romans 12:1-2).
  4. By faith claim the fullness of the Holy Spirit, according to …
    • His Command: Be filled with the Spirit. “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18, NASB).
    • His Promise: He will always answer when we pray according to His will. “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him” (1 John 5:14-15, NASB).

Faith can be expressed through prayer …

How to Pray in Faith to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

We are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith alone. However, true prayer is one way of expressing your faith. The following is a suggested prayer:

“Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have been directing my own life and that, as a result, I have sinned against You. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to take His place on the throne of my life again. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I, now, thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit.”

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If so, ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit right now and trust Him to do so.

How to Know That You Are Filled (Directed and Empowered) With the Holy Spirit

Did you ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit? Do you know that you are now filled with the Holy Spirit? On what authority? (On the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word: Hebrews 11:6; Romans 14:22-23.)

Do not depend on feelings. The promise of God’s Word, not our feelings, is our authority. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word. This train diagram illustrates the relationship between fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word) and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience) (John 14:21).

The train will run with or without the caboose. However, it would be futile to attempt to pull the train by the caboose. In the same way, we, as Christians, do not depend upon feelings or emotions, but we place our faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of His Word.

How to Walk in the Spirit

Faith (trust in God and in His promises) is the only means by which a Christian can live the Spirit-directed life. As you continue to trust Christ moment by moment:

  1. Your life will demonstrate more and more of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and will be more and more conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
  2. Your prayer life and study of God’s Word will become more meaningful.
  3. You will experience His power in witnessing (Acts 1:8).
  4. You will be prepared for spiritual conflict against the world (1 John 2:15-17); against the flesh (Galatians 5:16-17); and against Satan (1 Peter 5:7-9; Ephesians 6:10-13).
  5. You will experience His power to resist temptation and sin (1 Corinthians 10:13; Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 1:19-23; 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 6:1-16).

Spiritual Breathing

By faith, you can continue to experience God’s love and forgiveness.

If you become aware of an area of your life (an attitude or an action) that is displeasing to the Lord, even though you are walking with Him and sincerely desiring to serve Him, simply thank God that He has forgiven your sins — past, present and future — on the basis of Christ’s death on the cross. Claim His love and forgiveness by faith and continue to have fellowship with Him.

If you retake the throne of your life through sin — a definite act of disobedience — breathe spiritually.

Spiritual breathing (exhaling the impure and inhaling the pure) is an exercise in faith that enables you to continue to experience God’s love and forgiveness.

  1. Exhale — Confess your sin — agree with God concerning your sin and thank Him for His forgiveness of it, according to 1 John 1:9 and Hebrews 10:1-25. Confession involves repentance — a change in attitude and action.
  2. Inhale — Surrender the control of your life to Christ and appropriate (receive) the fullness of the Holy Spirit by faith. Trust that He now directs and empowers you according to the command of Ephesians 5:18 and the promise of 1 John 5:14-15.

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Adapted from Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life? by Dr. Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. © Cru. All rights reserved.

“Living in Christ”, From John Piper (Walking in The Spirit, Pray, Trust, Act)

Living in Christ From John Piper

Here is the big issue: How do you go about living the Christian life in such a way that you are actually doing the living, doing the acting, and doing the willing, and yet Christ, or the Holy Spirit, is decisively doing the living, and doing the acting, and doing the willing in and through your acting, willing, and doing?

“How do I work hard and yet be able to say when I am done, ‘God’s grace was the worker in and through me’?”

That is the key issue, it seems to me, of the Christian life. That’s the way Paul says he lived. And he means for us to live that way. He says in 1 Corinthians 15:10, “By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”

Everyone listening to me right now should ask, “How do I do that?” How do I work hard and yet be able to say when I am done, “God’s grace was the worker in and through me?”

Relying on the Spirit

Now that is what A.P.T.A.T., an acronym, is intended to answer. Or to put it another way, how do you obey Philippians 2:12–13: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you”?

What are the strategies that we take to make sure we can say that with integrity about our Christian life? Or to put it another way, how do you serve others in a strength that isn’t your own? First Peter 4:11 says, “Whoever serves, [let him serve] by the strength that God supplies.” How do you do that?

Or Romans 8:13: “By the Spirit put to death the deeds of the body.” So how do you put to death the deeds of the body? (Yes, you put to death the deeds of the body.) You do it by the Spirit. Now what does that mean? How do you do it? That is what I am trying to get at. Or Galatians 5:16: “Walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:18: “[Be] led by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22: “[Bear] the fruit of the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25: “Keep in step with the Spirit.”

So my answer to all of that is A.P.T.A.T. It is what I did hundreds of times sitting on the front pew in the sanctuary two minutes before I am supposed to preach. I did A.P.T.A.T. I walked through A.P.T.A.T. in my heart, because when I stood behind that pulpit, I wanted to preach by the Spirit.

I wanted to preach in the strength that God supplies. I wanted to preach in a way so that I could say, “Not I, but the grace of God that was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). I didn’t want to get up there and do nothing; it is my job. I am supposed to preach. I must preach. And yet the devil can preach. People can preach without the Holy Spirit. But that is not the Christian life.

Five Actions

So here is A.P.T.A.T. — each of letters stands for an action that I take. And you can do this in one minute before you face some challenge.

Admit

A — admit. I admit that without Christ I can do nothing. John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

You, John Piper, “can do nothing.” So I admit that. I say that. I believe that. I am helpless to do anything of any significance, any eternal value, any spiritual worth whatsoever in any way without Christ.

Pray

P — pray. I pray. If you admit you can do nothing, you say, “O God, help me.” “Ask, and you will receive,” Jesus said (John 16:24). “You do not have, because you do not ask” (James 4:2). “Call upon me in the day of trouble” (Psalm 50:15).

So I asked the Lord. I sat there on the pew, and I asked the Lord for freedom from self-consciousness. Give me liberty. Give me memory. Give me authentic emotion. Protect me from error. I don’t want to mislead these people. Give me a prophetic anointing so that words come to my mind that are miraculously penetrating and liberating and saving and purifying and emboldening for the people. I wanted all of that to happen by the Holy Spirit. So I am asking for it.

Trust

T — trust. I trust a specific promise. I think this is right at the heart of the matter. I trust a specific promise that God has tailor-made. It might not be just a preaching situation. It might be a financial situation, or a sexual temptation, or you name it. I need a specific promise to believe right now, because I want to trust him, and I don’t want to just trust in general. I want to trust that he promised to do something for me.

“We are helpless to do anything of any significance, any eternal value, any spiritual worth whatsoever without Christ.”

So I might say, “I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you” (see Isaiah 41:10). I have used that, in the last forty years, a thousand times as I have faced challenges in my life. “I will help you. I will strengthen you.”

“I will make all grace abound to you” (see 2 Corinthians 9:8). “I am your God” (Isaiah 41:10). “I will supply every need” (see Philippians 4:19). Or in preaching I might say, “My word will not come back to me empty, John Piper” (see Isaiah 55:11). “It is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit who speaks through you” (see Matthew 10:20). So I take a promise and I trust it. I consciously preach it to myself and put my faith in it.

Act

A — act. I act in obedience to God’s word, expecting God to act under and in and through my acting so that it is decisively his acting. We act the miracle. We did a whole conference on this theme and wrote a whole book about it called Act the Miracle.

In fact, my book Future Grace is nothing but an unpacking, you might say, of A.P.T.A.T. So act. “Work out your own salvation” (Philippians 2:12). “I worked harder than any of them” (1 Corinthians 15:10). “I now live in the flesh . . . by faith in the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20). “By the Spirit . . . put to death the deeds of the body” (Romans 8:13). So we do the acting. We are the actor and God is the miracle-maker.

Thank

T — thank. And then, finally, when I am done, I sit down and thank God. I thank God for whatever good comes. I thank him and I give him glory. “[Give] thanks always” (Ephesians 5:20).

Trusting God, Not Self

But the key, the fulcrum, in this sequence where everything hangs, I think, is that point of trusting. Trusting God’s promised help — future grace for the next five seconds or five minutes or five hours. It is called living by faith in future grace. It is called God will help you.

“We do the acting. We are the actor and God is the miracle-maker.”

“I will help you. I will strengthen you. I will meet every need.” You trust him for that. That is A.P.T.A.T., and that is what I think it means to live by the Spirit, and walk by the faith by the Spirit, and work out your salvation, and act the miracle of the Christian life.

I will just say one last thing. I was thrilled — I don’t know how many years ago this was, maybe 15 years ago, because I have been doing A.P.T.A.T. for 35 years or longer — I was thrilled on page 126 of J.I. Packer’s Keep in Step With the Spirit to find these exact steps. It was uncanny. Go to the top of page 126, anybody, and look at how he describes Augustinian sanctification. That is, he gives A.P.T.A.T.

I just came out of my chair. He doesn’t use the acronym, but the steps are all there in sequence. So I just say that at the end here lest anybody think this is kind of a quirky Piper thing. But I think it is just biblical through and through, and it is one of the most central and important discoveries I have ever made. How do you walk by the Spirit?

Source: Desiring God