Sunday, 14 April 2013

"Having Begun in the Spirit"

The schoolroom has been swept. The lessons assigned. I have made all the preparations that I can think of to be ready for the start of our final term tomorrow. And inevitably as I prepare my mind for the weeks ahead, those thoughts creep in.  Am I doing enough? How can I train my children unto righteousness and guide them in using their God-given gifts to His glory? What does that lofty goal look like on a daily basis?

I think it a privilege and awesome responsibility to homeschool my children. It was a decision that was not made lightly. My husband and I prayed and sought The Lord's will for our family. When we finally decided we were convinced it was not our will but His.

Yet, all too often I forget 'that He who begun a good work in you will carry it on to completion...'(Philippians 1:6). I recently read an address by Andrew Murray based on the text of Galatians 3:3 - "Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" I was reminded of our neglect of the Holy Spirit and our need to cry out to God to restore the Holy Spirit in power in our lives.  All too often I try to do God's will in my own strength and all too often I fall short. But Andrew Murray reminds me that 'you fail because you do not accept the strength of God'. I am a servant of God, called to homeschool my children, and in that I cannot fail if I "wait upon the Holy Spirit to come with all His omnipotent and enabling power'. I yield now to the Holy Spirit, to his guidance for my life, my family and our homeschool.

It is liberating actually. I can shake off the fears, the doubts, the nagging worries and rest in the arms of my Father in heaven 'who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us' (Ephesians 3:20)

God will accomplish His purpose.

Now, I am ready!

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