180 Basic Training # 13 – Experiencing the Power of the Spirit ~ blog
The Holy Spirit is God.
The Holy Spirit is God dwelling inside of you.
The Holy Spirit is God dwelling inside of you…forever.
There are multiple things that the Holy Spirit does in the life of a believer. Here are a few;
He affirms with our spirit that we are God’s children.
He gives us the power to be witnesses for Christ.
He gives us spiritual gifts to be used in edifying other believers in our churches.
He empowers us to walk in the Spirit so that we do not fulfill the desires of the flesh.
He bears His fruit in us to make us more like Jesus.
However, as believers struggling with our sexual brokenness and this highly addictive behavior, there is something He intends to do in our lives if we will work with Him.
He is IN US to TRANSFORM US.
From the moment we accept Christ as Savior and receive the Spirit He begins His work of transformation. The end goal is to make us like Jesus, to conform us to the image of Christ. We are even told in Philippians 1:6;
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
At the end of our life, our body dies and so does our sinful nature. We are removed from this fallen world and taken to heaven. There will no longer be any battle with demonic powers, and we will be perfected. That is God’s plan for you. Eternity in heaven, no sin, no evil, no temptations, no suffering, no disease, no sorrow, and no pain. And that is how we will live for eternity. Perfected forever!!!
In the here and now the Spirit wants to prepare us for that. He wants to help us become more holy and to desire the things of God instead of the garbage of this world. In order for that to happen, we must learn how to be filled with the Spirit and how to walk in the Spirit.
Being filled with the Spirit is a no brainer. It is easy. He already dwells inside of our bodies so for Him to fill us means for us to relinquish control of our thoughts, words, and deeds. We are commanded in Ephesians 5:18 to be filled with the Spirit so we know this is God’s will and all we need to do is ask Him to fill us. The verse says that instead of being drunk with wine, which causes the alcohol to control our actions, and instead to be filled with the Spirit allowing Him to control us.
Walking in the Spirit is more of a challenge. To walk in the Spirit means as we go through the actions of our day, we will allow Him to lead the way. It takes being aware of His presence and taking directions from Him in the things we think, do, and say. It is a moment by moment yielding our will to His and allowing Him to empower us.
That would especially include turning to Him the moment we see temptation in the distance or find ourselves in the middle of a tempting situation. There is a tug-o-war going on inside of us. Our flesh is pulling us back to sin and if we try to resist, we will only fall again.
However, if we turn to the Spirit and ask for His help and His power to enable us to walk away from sexual temptations then He is able to defeat our flesh. The way it is supposed to be is the Spirit fighting against our flesh and the flesh fighting against the Spirit. We become too irrational and quite frankly stupid in the middle of temptation. We rationalize away all reason and like the dog, we return to our vomit.
On Monday I taught you about there being no temptation which is not common to man and that God is faithful and He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can resist AND with that temptation He will provide a way of ESCAPE.
That is why, if we are going to be able to resist temptation and do so until we are through the effects of sexual sin withdrawal, we must be being filled with the Spirit and walking in the Spirit moment by moment every day.
Stop and ask the Spirit to fill you right now. Open your heart and mind to Him and allow Him to guide you through the rest of this day. Choose, by His power, to receive His help in defeating the flesh. Your history should be proof enough that you have not been doing this and need to make it a daily part of your Christian life.