The Holy Spirit

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Galatians 5:22-26 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

Ephesians 5:9 “For the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth.”

Revelation 2:7 “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

1 Corinthians 14:15  “I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.”

The Christian cannot do anything without the Spirit of God. Without the Spirit we are dead in sins and under the control of our wrong desires. There is no exception to this. When we first believe and put our trust in what Christ did for us on the cross, we get a new life and God’s Holy Spirit comes to live in us, every day, forever. Our desires change and we seek to walk with Him and conform ourselves to God’s ways. The power of the Spirit enables us to do this. Without this power we are dead.

The fruit of the Spirit is obvious, in that it is the opposite to the ways of this world. Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are not bullish, brutish, rough graces, but the reflection of the gracious Spirit, and are often thought of as Feminine traits. They are not just for the Christian woman, but for every Christian. The male dominance does not appear here. We are to live in subjection to each other, in the way of truth and righteousness.

There should be a holy respect for each other and a recognition of the power of God in the lives of his people. There is no “ordinary Christian.” Every person that belongs to God will overcome self, sinful desire, temptation and the enemy who is Satan. They will overcome by the power of the cross and the shed blood of Jesus, who calls for forgiveness for His own.

The Spirit promises victory to every believer who overcomes in the Spirit’s power, and they will gain eternal life with God, where the true fruition of these graces will bloom in every heart redeemed by Christ, for ever in the eternal kingdom.

Our whole lives must be subject to the Spirit, and we must cultivate listening to Him, as we read the word of God. As we follow the obedience of the conscience and promptings of the Spirit within, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. The Spirit is not an impression or a feeling in the body or head, but the outworking of the deep understanding of the truth of God. He is a person, and is known as a person by all who humble themselves and seek his rich fruit, which propagates in their lives, and shows Christ to an unbelieving world.

Those who truly belong to Christ succumb to the work of the Holy Spirit and live in the delight of knowing His presence and power flowing through all of the person. The Spirit never contravenes the scriptures, nor can He disobey God. His nature is humble and gracious and this is also reflected in the life of the Christian, as we walk humbly with our God and seek to serve Him in all ways.

Anything that goes against scripture, is against the Spirit.

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