Study the Word of God. It is true, never-changing, its applicability is never-ending, and it is fascinating. We speak about loving our clothes, our vacations, our families, and God. Clearly those are all different meanings of the word love , but none of them compete with the love of God.
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God loves us loyally, unconditionally, and perfectly, and the only way to understand the depths of his love is to read his Word and discover how he has loved those who came before us, and how he has loved us through sending Jesus. The individual may have been in the wrong, and there might have been a time for wise confrontation, but certainly not when I was feeling so angry.
When I acted in anger, it was clearly not the Holy Spirit leading me; it was my sinful nature all the way. The Spirit of God will never lead you to do something contrary to the Word of God. Years ago I attended a retreat on the fruit of the Spirit. We all showed up alert and ready to be inspired by the Word of God. It was emotionally exhausting.
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A burdensome feeling settled on the group. She said that she naturally had very little self-control, and she probably never would have much of it. Freedom from trying so hard and always coming up short. Freedom from the condemnation that settles upon us when we fail. No, it is not.
Since the Bible gives many examples of him acting more specifically, we should anticipate that he will sometimes choose to lead us directly if we are open and available to his guidance. Without the Holy Spirit, we would never know our freedom and identity as God's adoptive children.
Thankfully, God has freely given us his Holy Spirit, and these verses from Romans 8 display three amazing things the Spirit does:.
He acts as the go-between who takes us out of a place of slavery and fear and brings us into a place of adoption and acceptance. The biblical concept represented by the English word hope is so strong that it is almost a synonym for "eager expectation. Includes discussion questions.
What is the role of the Holy Spirit in all this? Rom says: "We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. In this passage, it is precisely the presence of the Spirit within you that causes you to feel this particular kind of suffering—the longing for final redemption in the midst of a fallen world.
In this way, the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives reminds us of the stark contrast between the wonderful things God has prepared for us who believe and this fallen world that is so full of sin, suffering, and futility. We learn that we are weak when we come to prayer.
We often don't know what to pray for in any given situation. The concern is not about the manner of prayer the "how" , but rather the content of our prayers—what do we actually pray about? We learn that the Spirit joins to help us when we are struggling to know how to pray by interceding for us with wordless groaning. It is not, as some propose, that we should just pray whatever we want since we don't have any idea how to pray, and that the Spirit fixes them up and prays on our behalf to the Father.
Rather, the verb often translated as "helps" has a preposition attached to the front of it, which suggests that it really means "joins to help. The Spirit is searching our hearts and knows that we have a mind-set that is focused on him, even if we do not know exactly what we are supposed to pray. The result is that our prayers are prayed "according to the will of God" because the Holy Spirit is moving us thus to pray and is presenting the prayers that he is guiding us to pray to the Father.
This article is adapted from Walking in the Spirit by Ken Berding. He is the author of numerous books and articles and was previously a church planter in the Middle East.
There is no middle ground…it is impossible to be simultaneously led of the Spirit and the flesh. It is either one or the other; every child of God must make a choice. Spiritual truth becomes a practical reality when we surrender to the above command.
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Every acceptance of his will becomes an altar of sacrifice, and every surrender and abandonment of ourselves to his will is a means of furthering us on the way to the High Places to which he desires to bring every child of his while they are still living on the earth. Hannah Hurnard. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
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