Revise your spiritual expectations. Don’t expect that God will do everything you’d like Him to do for you. Accept the fact the fact that sometimes God will do what you expect, and sometimes He won’t, because His perspective is different from yours and He knows what’s best for you better than you do. Choose to trust in God’s wisdom. When you’re going through suffering, remember that God will bring good purposes out of it if you trust Him to do so. Remember, too, that God doesn’t owe you anything, and all you have is a gift from Him. So make a habit of thanking God for your blessings often.

Revise the Holy Spirit’s ministry. Christians can make lots of different claims about what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit, but what’s most important to understand is that the Holy Spirit leads people to make their relationships with Jesus their highest priority in life. Spirit-filled people then naturally exhibit marks of Jesus character, such as honesty, kindness, and a welcoming love for all of God’s children.

Revise your chief pursuit. Recognize that nothing is more important in life than pursuing a closer relationship with Jesus, in which you’re constantly growing to become more like the person He wants you to become. You can tell that you’re really growing closer to Jesus when He grows bigger in your eyes – as you learn more about how awesome He really is, and how He works in bigger ways than you’d previously imagined. If your perspective on Jesus is too small, revise your life so that you can open your soul up to Him more, and you’ll grow in the process.

Adapted from Revise Us Again: Living from a Renewed Christian Spirit, copyright 2010 by Frank Viola. Published by David C. Cook, Colorado Springs, Co., www.davidccook.com.

Frank Viola is an internationally renowned speaker and author. He is a leading voice of the house church movement, a group of believers that seeks to reconnect with the original model of Christian fellowship. Frank lives with his family in Gainesville, Florida. You can visit Frank’s website at: www.FrankViola.com.

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Publication date: May 15, 2011