So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. (Galatians 5:16 – 17 NLT)
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22 – 23 NLT)
If you desire to have the qualities listed in 5:22-23, then you know that the Holy Spirit is leading you. At the same time, be careful not to confuse your subjective feelings with the Spirit’s leading. Being led by the Holy Spirit involves the desire to hear, the readiness to obey God’s Word, and the sensitivity to discern between your feelings and his promptings. Live each day controlled and guided by the Holy Spirit. Then the words of Christ will be in your mind, the love of Christ will be behind your actions, and the power of Christ will help you control your selfish desires.
Paul describes the two forces fighting within us—the Holy Spirit and the sinful nature (our evil desires or inclinations that stem from our bodies; see also 5:16, 19, 24). Paul is not saying that these forces are equal—the Holy Spirit is infinitely stronger. But if we rely on our wisdom, we will make the wrong choices. If we try to follow the Spirit by our human effort, we will fail. Our only way to freedom from our evil desires is through the empowering of the Holy Spirit (see Romans 8:9; Ephesians 4:23-24; Colossians 3:3-8). (Tyndale Study Bible)
As a young believer, the power and my relationship with the Holy Spirit have been the most amazing thing. It is most probably the most significant thing to me.
Read the scripture in bold, the nine things mentioned here are the things that the Holy Spirit produces. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we can never imagine what faith promises. All we have to do is allow and make the right choice.
We are born sinners, and our sinful nature is instilled in us by society and family and friends. My daughter went to a Christian private school. You will be shocked at the things that happen in that environment. I can’t even think what happens in other schools. In Bible study last we spoke about sanctification, which means we should separate ourselves from sin and bad influence. We have the Holy Spirit to guide us in that process.
Correct choices are up to individuals. You can be part of the worst school and still turn out great.
If we impart and instil Christian faith in people and our children, they will get the Holy Spirit to guide them. We as believers are responsible for doing that. We are to spread the Good news of Jesus, and explain what the power of the Holy Spirit can do.
I feel I need to say this: rely on the Holy Spirit to guide and bring you closer to God. More of Christ in you, and you will have the power to overcome every challenge, no matter what it is.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all you need in life. The rest will follow on.
“Lord, I pray this for all people. We won’t have to question anything in our lives. I thank you for being part of my life. In Jesus name. Amen.”