“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” -Galatians 5:16
Yes, you are a new creation in Christ, but just because you are a child of God does not mean you will not have issues, problems, or struggles. Your sinful nature is in direct opposition to the new nature given to you by Christ.
As a child of God, you have the Holy Spirit living within you, and the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you. However, the sinful nature will war against the desires the Holy Spirit has given you because the sinful nature wants to do evil.
REFLECTION: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NLT). You are under no obligation to do what your sinful natures urges you to do because the Holy Spirit empowers you to live a pure and holy life before God. Every day is a choice to submit yourself to God to live in accordance with His Word. Therefore, since you are in Christ, you no longer live by the dictates of your sinful nature. Now you are letting your mind be controlled by the Holy Spirit, and because you are letting the Holy Spirit have His way in your life, you are being led by Him. When the Holy Spirit convicts you letting you know something is wrong, stop what you are doing and listen to Him. It is important to be aware that if you compromise on one sin, it will be easy to fall into one sin after another. You will not be able to show a life of victory in Christ if you continually compromise and give into temptation. Keep your eyes open to what the Spirit has to show you and keep your ears open to hear His voice.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit to guide me into all truth. Help me to learn from You what You want me to learn. Let me sit at Your feet to hear You speak. I ask that You continually fill me with Your Spirit to overflow so that I might be able to do Your will and carry out whatever it is You ask me to carry out. Thank You for guiding me this far, and I pray that You continue to guide me as I follow Your ways. Help me to remain steadfast in You so that I will not compromise. May I always seek Your truth and walk uprightly before You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Linda A. Knowles
so that you will not give in to temptation.
For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
Matthew 26:41 (NLT)