Since the Spirit of God and the spirit of sin are at war within us (Gal. 5:17), self must be conquered. As we choose dependency on God’s Holy Spirit, His Spirit will combat and defeat the resident hostile forces that are against God. Through repentance, the fleshly resistance is rendered inoperative. A new foundation of resurrected freedom triumphantly allows us to embrace a new life in Christ. The fallen regime of self should no longer influence our minds, hearts, or souls since we consistently choose to be part of Christ’s redemptive process. We may still choose the path of self-sufficiency that will lead us once again into self’s redemptive process. God’s truth and love, however, will continuously draw us back to the victory we experienced while abiding in Christ’s redemptive process.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. . . .(Gal. 5:16–17 NLT)
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
Submission, obedience, and death to self are the means through which the Holy Spirit postures our souls to fight the sinfulness of our hearts. Yielding to His transforming work matures us to Christlikeness. Although the trauma of truth may be painful, God calls us with His truth to redeem us from the miseries of life. It is vital that we receive the convicting power of truth and allow this intrusion to accomplish His work, thereby transforming us into His likeness. To turn a deaf ear is to shut out the life-giving opportunities God wishes to undertake. God disrupts our lives so He may redesign our souls.
Lord Jesus, through the power of Your Holy Spirit who lives within me, please help me to carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to me . . .(2 Tim. 1:14)
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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