The Spirit-Filled Life: God's Power in You
“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16
This is one of the most important truths we can learn that will lead us to spiritual maturity—to seeing consistent victory in our lives as Christians—walking in the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is a person, just as much so as God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son. These three make up the trinity. God in three persons.
Before Jesus left this earth, He promised His disciples that He would not leave them as orphans, but that He would send them His Spirit. The Spirit of Truth. The Comforter. (John 14:16-18)
Why would they—and why do we—need His Spirit with us at all times?
Jesus explains in John 16.
“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:5-6
Though the Spirit can be suppressed, grieved, or quenched (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30) the Bible is clear that there will be evidence of the Spirit in some form if a person is a true child of God (Luke 6:43-45).
Though the Spirit has been given in full at salvation and will never be taken away (Ephesians 1:13-14), to enjoy the fullness of the Spirit, we must live just as we were saved: “The just shall live by faith” (Hebrews 10:38).
When we exhibit faith and surrender to the will of the Father, the Spirit takes over in our lives. Not only does He fill us with His power to obey and accomplish God’s work, but we can sense His presence, and His fruit is evident to all: "love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23).
Two illustrations always come to mind when I think of my responsibility towards the Spirit:
We must let the Pilot take over. Kneel before our Master….broken.
Holy Spirit, be my Pilot. Take control!
One of the biggest "adult" lessons I've had to learn is that my words will not bring conviction to the heart of a prodigal. "We cannot by our words or actions convict them, but the Holy Spirit does this through us." Only the Holy Spirit can do that. PRAY! How will you seek Him this week?
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