Living By Instinct

Do you ever wonder why you do what you do?  Do you ever seem to be just living by instinct?  It appears to me that many people live by instinct.  They don’t think about what they’re doing, they just fly by the seat of their pants and they do whatever feels good or is most expedient.  The problem is that our instincts are not always fueled by God’s desires for His people.  Our natural instincts are controlled by our sinful nature and lead us down the wrong path more often than not.  Jude wrote about those who are controlled by their natural instincts in verses 17-21 of his brief letter.

But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said.  They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires.  These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you.  They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.
But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life.  In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.  — Jude 17-21 (NLT)

The cure for living by instinct is to live by the power of the Holy Spirit.  When we receive God’s gracious gift of salvation, we are filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).  In order to live by the power of the Spirit, we must surrender and submit to the Spirit’s control in our lives.  Surrender and submission are not easy.  It is a daily battle to allow God’s Holy Spirit to take control.  We are a bunch of control freaks and we want to drive the car.  When we get in a jam we’ll sing, “Jesus, Take The Wheel!”  But on most days it is a struggle to give up the control and allow Jesus to be the Lord of our lives.  So pray in the Spirit today that God will give you the power to give up control.  Pray that God will give you strength to fight your natural instincts towards sin and wickedness.  Pray that God will fill you with His Spirit and that you will surrender to His leading in your life.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I thank You and praise You today for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  Help me to surrender to the Spirit’s leading in my life today.  Help me to give You the control of my life in everything I think, say and do.  Lead me, Lord, so that I may go where You want me to go and do what You want me to do.  In Jesus’ name, amen.


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