Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit


If We Think Differently

In the church, we are to do our best to get along and be united in Jesus. This is not always possible because of our varied backgrounds and sinful nature. We may think differently on things from time to time, but should always strive for unity. When we do disagree, we need to pray with and for one another that we would maturely come to a united mindset. Paul said as much when he wrote:

All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. – Philippians 3:15-16 (NIV)

God desires unity in His church. If we think differently on things, we should seek the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. While we will not attain perfection or even perfect unity in this broken world, we have to trust that God is leading us to that place. Let’s turn to Him to guide us into Truth through prayer and the study of His Word.

The Spirit Helps Us Pray

Do you ever have trouble praying? When you’re not sure how to pray or what to say, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit helps us pray. In our human weakness, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Paul said:

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. – Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)

We’re told how to pray throughout Scripture, but prayer can be hard. Aligning our wills with the will of God in prayer is even harder. That’s where the Holy Spirit helps us pray. God wants to hear from His children, but like children, we usually don’t understand the bigger picture. God’s Spirit sees that bigger picture and brings our prayers into alignment with God’s will and teaches us how to see the picture better throughout our lives. Keep praying, “Thy will be done” and know that God will always do what is best.

The Same Spirit

God’s promises are truly wonderful. He has promised to provide for us and take care of us. He has promised to never leave us or abandon us. He has promised to forgive our many sins. But wait! There’s more! He has also promised resurrection. Paul wrote:​​

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. – Romans 8:11 (NIV)

God’s Spirit lives in the heart of every born again believer in Jesus Christ. This is the same Spirit of the God who raised Jesus back to life. We have such power and potential at our disposal, but we hardly ever tap into this power. God’s Spirit can help us overcome sin and temptation. God’s Spirit can help us live abundant, fulfilled lives. God’s Spirit can comfort us when we are grieving. God’s Spirit can give us hope for the future. This is the Spirit of Him who makes all things new, all things possible and every promise, “Yes.”

The Spirit Gives Life

In Romans 8, the apostle Paul talks quite a bit about the difference between being controlled by the flesh and being controlled by the Spirit of Christ. He said that those who are governed by the flesh cannot please God and that they do not belong to Christ. He then contrasts that with the person filled with Christ. He wrote:

But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. – Romans 8:1​0​ (NIV)

We are all going to die a physical death someday. Those who are filled with Christ’s Spirit will be granted life. Why? Paul says that it is “…because of righteousness.” Is that our righteousness or Christ’s righteousness? It is because of Christ’s righteousness that is granted to us by His perfect life. Our righteousness is nothing compared to the righteousness of Jesus. When you trust Christ for forgiveness, you are covered by His righteousness and given eternal life.

You Belong To Christ

In Romans 8, the apostle Paul talks about the difference between being governed by the flesh and governed by the Spirit of God. He said that those who are governed by the flesh cannot please God. Then he wrote:

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. – Romans 8:9 (NIV)

When you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ by believing in Him, repenting from sin, confessing your faith and being baptized, you are filled with God’s Spirit (Acts 2:38). The Holy Spirit of God fills you and you belong to Jesus. That means that the flesh no longer has control over you and that you are living in the realm of the Spirit. You not only belong to Christ for your time here on earth, but for eternity.

What The Spirit Desires

With what are you preoccupied? What is it that you are thinking about all of the time? What fills your thoughts? About what do you daydream? Your thoughts and dreams reveal with what it is that you are filled. Check out what the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8. He said:

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. – Romans 8:5 (NIV)

If your thoughts are always focused on how to please your flesh, then you’re living according to the flesh. If you are focused on fulfilling the desires of God’s Spirit, you’re living according to the Spirit. Are your thoughts, hopes and dreams more concerned with pleasing God? Or do you think about ways to only please your flesh? The real question is this: what controls you? Is it God’s Spirit or is it your carnal flesh? The Holy Spirit is the One who can give you the power to overcome the sinful desires of the flesh, so live according to the Spirit.

Jesus Frees Us To Live By The Spirit

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 5:16-26.

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