By Bethany Marinelli
The other day I completely lost my cool with my son in a parking lot. As I shouted at him, a lady turned her head and looked at me. I immediately felt ashamed. I was not walking in the Holy Spirit.
You know your Christian life should be like Jesus. But it’s just so hard! Driving on the interstate is stressful. You are on your last nerve with your children. The temptation of sin is so strong. You are stuck in making a big decision. You are trying your hardest, but you can’t seem to measure up.
The gift of salvation is free. You did nothing to earn God’s forgiveness, and your salvation came with another gift: the Holy Spirit—Christ living in you. The Holy Spirit is the helper that allows you to live in Christ’s freedom. The Holy Spirit helps you remain levelheaded in bumper-to-bumper traffic or with your disobedient child. He helps you to resist temptation and make a better choice. He gives you wisdom in that big decision.
In Ephesians 4:11-16, we learn God has called Christians to work together to bring God glory, build his kingdom, and glorify him in all we do so that others might be saved. We cannot do these things independently; he equips us through the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ disciples were worried they couldn’t carry on his work on their own after he was gone. They were right, but Jesus wasn’t worried. He had a plan;
Ephesians 4 continues to exhort us to walk, not as unbelievers “in the futility of their minds” (vs 17), but in the new life we received when we accepted God’s gift of salvation.
God’s Spirit lives in us and renews us as we walk out each day as believers. Walking in the Spirit is a choice. We can ignore him and make the wrong choice, indulge in that sin, lose our cool, or let anxiety take over anyway, or we can ask God to fill us with his Spirit to empower us to overcome the sin that seems to hold us captive.
Satan has already lost the battle for your soul. That doesn’t mean he’s out of your life completely. He continually tries to draw us away from God. And if he can draw us away, then he damages our influence on others. But God always overcomes Satan.
Imagine a large room with no windows. The room is completely dark. Now light a match in that room. The light from the match, that one tiny match, pierces through the darkness. You can see the light from everywhere in the room. God is light, and nothing can put out his flame.
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit a "gift" who will guide us, lead us, and empower us. Yet many believers don't experience the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. This unique Christian small group Bible study provides a space in which we can explore what it truly means to "walk in the Spirit" on a daily basis. The Spirit-Filled Life small group curriculum centers on a 6-part video teaching series examining the life-giving and creative work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Begin to experience the gift today!
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June 03, 2022
I have for a number of years felt a special closeness to the Holy Spirit. I have a symbol of the Holy Spirit outside above my garage. It was made by an artisan in Haiti out of reclaimed metal. I do want to say that it has made no difference in the letters I get from the HOA. 😊