Month: November 2012

Evading Arrest

Have you noticed how we react to getting pulled over by police? Even if we aren’t aware of anything we’ve done to break the law, we immediately become nervous. Slamming on the brakes(that’s not obvious) and checking our rearview mirror, we anticipate the worst. If we do get pulled over, we sometimes become resentful, defensive, or start making excuses. But sometimes we will humbly admit that we were indeed, doing the wrong thing. If we are “lucky”, we are given a warning. The intentions of the officer are not to ruin our day, but to protect others…and to protect us from ourselves. 

Do you ever fear getting pulled over in the spirit? Do you find yourself evading arrest from the Holy Spirit? 

The legal definition of evading arrest

“When a person intentionally flees from a person he knows is a peace officer attempting lawfully to arrest or detain him.”

We tend to distance ourselves from God when we become aware of a sin or behavior that is not in line with His will, or His word. The conviction of the Holy Spirit is a powerful thing, but God does not intend for us to flee from Him. He longs for us to surrender to Him, to turn ourselves in. The intention of God when He catches our attention is to disarm us of our guilt & our shame. His idea of arrest is much different than ours. He removes the handcuffs that the enemy has placed on us, and arrests us with His love and mercy. He detains us in the shadow of His wings to protect us from the enemy, and the consequences of sin and living away from Him.

The end result? Being acquitted of our sin, found not guilty and walking hand in hand with the Prince of Peace. Our testimonies will tell of His wisdom and His law will become the desire of our hearts, engraved and echoing in our every action. Being taught by the one & only Judge, we will begin to walk in His ways.

Respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Don’t try to outrun His love. 

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Psalm 119

1Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
    who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
    who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
    but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts
    to be kept diligently.
Oh that my ways may be steadfast
    in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
    having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
I will praise you with an upright heart,
    when I learn your righteous rules.[b]
I will keep your statutes;
    do not utterly forsake me!

How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
    let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
    teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
    all the rules[c] of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word. 

17 Deal bountifully with your servant,

    that I may live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
    wondrous things out of your law.
19 I am a sojourner on the earth;
    hide not your commandments from me!
20 My soul is consumed with longing
    for your rules[d] at all times.
21 You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
    who wander from your commandments.
22 Take away from me scorn and contempt,
    for I have kept your testimonies.