The Liberating Power of the Spirit
By T.M. Moore - Posted at The Fellowship of Ailbe:
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Plants in the Garden of the Lord (4)
Awake, O north wind,Free in the Spirit
And come, O south!
Blow upon my garden,
That its spices may flow out.
Let my beloved come to his garden
And eat its pleasant fruits. Song of Solomon 4.16
The Apostle Paul wrote, in 2 Corinthians 3.17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” How could it be otherwise?
The Spirit of God is not bound by sin or the finite limitations of human thought or flesh. The Holy Spirit is not constrained by any inability to know the future, access the wisdom of God, or to exercise His power in accomplishing His purposes. It makes sense that, wherever the Spirit of God is full, overflowing, and exerting His cultivating presence, liberty and fruitfulness would be the order of the day, and the Bride of Christ would be liberated from every hindrance and constraint that keeps her from flourishing as the garden of the Lord.
But what can we expect in those places where the Spirit of God is not active and flourishing? Bondage to sin and the limitations of human strength and resources; indifference to matters of truth and eternal consequence; a casual and self-centered approach to seeking the Kingdom of God; and a church that is not pouring forth its bounty to bless its members, its community, and its Lord.