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Who’s Going to Lead?

February 17, 2010

 

Galatians 5:17 (NLT)  The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants.  And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires.  These two forces are constantly fighting each other, And your choices are never free from this conflict.

 

God has given us His Holy Spirit to help and guide us.  Unfortunately, when God gave us the amazing gift of His Spirit, He didn’t remove our sin nature.  This leaves us with two very different forces actively trying to lead our life.  The Holy Spirit vs. our sin nature. 

This verse tells us that these two forces are “constantly fighting each other, and our choices are never free from this conflict.”    With every choice we make in life, we have the sin nature on one side, the Holy Spirit on the other and in the middle is our will.  Left with a decision.  Who’s going to lead?

When we wake up, the Holy Spirit inside of us says, “Rise and Shine and give God the glory, This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!”  But our sinful nature says, “ Oh be quiet, lay down and go back to sleep.” This might be a silly example, but it’s true.

The Spirit of God is always trying to bring God’s perspective and the sin nature within us fights him all the way.

When we are faced with trials, our sin nature might say, “I can’t handle this” “What else can go wrong?”  “I’ll never be able to do this.”  The Holy Spirit says, “Jesus told you that you would have trials, but be of good cheer! He has overcome and so will you! Rejoice!”  “God will never leave you.” “Your name is written in the book of life!” 

The scripture says that “the Spirit gives us desires” that are in line with God’s will. We need to guard the godly dreams and desires deposited in our heart by Holy Spirit, even against our own sin nature. The sinful nature wants to have things its own way, not God’s way.

Certainly the Spirit of God is more powerful than our flesh. All we have to do is side with the Holy Spirit; who will lead us in power, hope and life!  Realizing that following our sin nature might have some temporary satisfaction, but in the end only leads us to sin, discouragement and death.

There is a battle going on… understanding the battle helps us to see more clearly which side we want to be on. 

Every decision, large or small, everyday we should ask ourselves, Who’s going to lead?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Brandi permalink
    February 18, 2010 8:04 am

    Your words have rang true in the trials I am facing right now. Thank you for hearing the Holy Spirtit and being obediant and writing them….. exactly what I needed to remember!

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