Avoid carefully becoming stalemated in your life. Do not be so frustrated that you say, "I can't understand why God doesn't do what He said. He prophesied it; it is long overdue!" It is long overdue, but it is not God who is overdue; your own spirit has to be right first.
This truth may seem to be over-simplified in context with other truths that God has given; but we must deal with this need and pray. "Lord, what is in my spirit that hinders? What hinders me, Lord? What is it in my spirit that is wrong?"
James and John, the disciples wanted to bring down fire from heaven and burn people up. But the Lord said, "You do not know of what spirit you are." Luke 9:54-55.
It is very important to have a right spirit. The man who serves God in this hour must persistently keep his spirit open to God.
When you start opening up your spirit to the Lord and to everyone else around you more than you have before, then the enemy of the Lord will come against you. It seems that Satan is allowed to test you when, before the Lord, you say, "I want to be perfect in my way before the Lord. I want my spirit to really be right."
God allows you to be tested on it. And if you can come through the testing with a right spirit, you will be walking in the days of miracles again. It seems to be such a simple formula, but it becomes effective in everything you pray for. It opens the door. You will learn that when you say you are going to keep your spirit open, you have made a big statement. When you are going to have a right spirit, you have made a declaration.
Of all the things that frustrate us, that limit us, that lock us in a state of limitation, at least half of them come because we tolerate things in our spirit that are wrong. Yes,we tolerate them! Do you say, "Oh, it is just a little sin. It is not too bad. I have a little bit of a bad temper. I have a bad feeling about so-and-so, but I just put it aside." If you do, you are petting a tiger that will rise up at the wrong moment and keep you from doing the thing that God wants.
"Well how can God use me if I am angry all the time? I am under a cloud! I am defeated! That is His way. He must show you what has to change. When the Lord finds a sore spot in your life, He begins to rub it, just like a chiropractor. He makes it hurt worse so that it will feel better later. That is the way the Lord deals with you. It is the way that He gets at your problems.
We have such a spirit of self-sympathy and understanding for ourselves that rarely do we believe we are really wrong. We always wish that the Lord would teach us discipline some other way.
II Thessalonians 1:10.
when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be marvelled at in all them that believed...
People will see Jesus revealed in your life. You will become a barer of His presence to others. There will be miracles, there will be souls saved.
Have a right spirit!