Living in the Spirit
You don’t have to live the Christian life in your own strength. The Holy Spirit is the fuel that allows you to burn on for Christ without being consumed.
Living in the Spirit is the Holy Spirit’s empowering you to live for and be like Jesus. There are two requirements. The first is to deny your own pride, selfishness and ambition. The second is to yield the driver’s seat of your life to the Spirit. The alternative is to live for yourself and miss a full, meaningful life that makes an eternal difference.
When you’re living in the Spirit, new desires emerge. One is a hunger for God’s Word. Another is the desire is to see others come to know Jesus too. When you’re living in the Spirit, you meet the righteous requirements of the law (Romans 8:4). You don’t gratify sinful desires (Galatians 5:16). You do good works (Ephesians 2:10). You demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23).You live in the light and in the truth (3 John 4). The Spirit empowers your witness (Acts 1:8).
There are several requirements to live in the Spirit. You must want the Holy Spirit’s control. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled (Matthew 5:6). You must confess any sins the Holy Spirit reveals. Once you do, God promises to forgive and purify you (1 John 1:9).
You live in the Holy Spirit by faith alone ( Hebrews 11:6). Without trust, you can’t please God. God’s will is for you to live in the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). When you ask God to help you do what He wants, He always does (1 John 5:14–15).
You can be filled with the Holy Spirit daily by the following prayer:
Lord, I present my body, soul, and spirit to You now. I want You to think with my mind, love with my heart, and bless others through the strength You will give me today. By faith I claim the control and power of Your Spirit right now. Thank you for it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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