Secrets of self-control (7)
“Let the Spirit direct your lives.” Gal 5:16 GNT
Depend on Christ’s power to help you. “Let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature.” The sequence in this Scripture is very important. “Let the Spirit direct your life”—that’s the first part—“and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature.” Notice, it doesn’t say you won’t have those desires. Spirit-filled people still experience the desires of the flesh, it’s just that they won’t satisfy them. We usually get the sequence backwards. We say, “I’m not good enough to have God’s Spirit in my life. Once I get my act together, then I’m going to let the Holy Spirit control my life.” God doesn’t say, “Get your act together and then I will help you.” He says, “Let my Holy Spirit control you while you are still struggling with the problem. I will help you change.” The sequence makes all the difference. You wouldn’t say, “I’m going to get well first, then I’m going to go see the doctor.” That’s absurd! You need Christ in your life now! He has the power to help you change. You say, “But I enjoy doing what I do.” That’s because there are “pleasures of sin for a season” (Heb 11:25). None of us would sin if it immediately made us miserable. Don’t look for God to nullify the appeal of sin; ask Him for the power to overcome its appeal. “For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants” (Php 2:13 TLB). You’ll receive the desire and the power to do what’s right.
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account_circle Harry and Cathy Williams
Amen Pastor. Word tells us to be led by the spirit and not the flesh!
account_circle Barbara McKee
Hi Pastor Franklin. I have read all of the ones in this series and this is so good. Many times when I make a mistake I do feel not worthy of the pure love of my Saviour. But I am excited that He lets me know that when He saw me He saw someone He loved enough to Sacrifice His Son to win the whole battle for me. So I am good enough through Jesus and the leading of the Spirit and I am letting others know that when God sees themof the Great love he has for them also. In my driving I am coming in contact with people who have had very Hard lives...many growing up in the rough parts of Chicago...I tell them of Gods Love and Goodness...and that no one is to bad for God to intervene for. So far its been males so I talk to one of the Pastors so they can have a Godly male to lead them. And most of all I pray for them. Just like my life is better with Jesus I let them know the same can be true for them. The Bible says Gods goodness leads to repentence....I am trusting in that as I witness to people. ..As always I appreciate Gods wisdom through you and His Word. Lol.. the Lord must have showed you that when we reach out in fasting satan attacks in other ways to make us try to feel no good to serve God. So thankful theres Truth.. . That being God made a way to be "good enough" through Jesus... and this makes satan ...as he always has been...a Liar...I will stop there.. as always you are all in my Prayers... Much love to you all