Holy Spirit Life in You
"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:25
Living in the Spirit gives us a new belief system, assuring us that Jesus Christ is our Savior, when we die we will join Him in heaven, we are translated into His Spirit family (Colossians 1:12:13, John 3:6-7). We know we are living in the Spirit of God because we are aware of Him living in us. We can become comfortable, call ourselves a Christian and settle into life. However, there is a call to walk in the Spirit, requiring us to choose to live life according to God's Word.
The Holy Spirit is the guiding force for walking in the Spirit. God's Word is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit before we can walk in it. Walking in the Spirit requires that we know God's Word, speak God's Word in a personal, present-tense way and are obedient to His Word. To be Spirit filled, we must be Word filled. To be Word filled, we must be Spirit filled. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to live life more abundantly, to create and to become to complete expression of Jesus Christ.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are in Him, who is in us (Galatians 5:22-23). The key to experiencing the Holy Spirit's fruits is to remember they are His fruits and they are meant to empower us so we can express Jesus to the world. These expressions are Him, not us (II Corinthians 4:7). Our behavior does not move the Holy Spirit, He moves our behavior. A life of faith is revealed by the Spirit of God. The more we realize that the characteristics of the Holy Spirit comes through our attitudes, the easier it is for us to live in a flow of faith (Galatians 2:20).
Holy Spirit Fruits... Galatians 5:22
1. Love. God's love is unconditional. It is patient, kind, rejoicing in truth and righteousness. It is not proud, boastful, rude, selfish or resentful and does not keep track of wrongs. Unconditional love is quick to believe the best, it loves justice. Love never fails. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things (I Corinthians 13:4-8). We can achieve this kind of love by releasing the Holy Spirit. The law of love is rooted in Luke 6:38. Love is based on abundance within and it is a river of life when given with no expectation of return. Give love and love within us increases, expands and causes life to rise in others.
2. Joy. The joy of the Lord at work within us is powerful. Jesus said above all things to rejoice, because our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for my salvation and for writing my name in heaven. By your power in me, I create new circumstances by my vision and joyful attitude. Amen.
3. Peace. Peace experienced as calmness is powerful. Remaining calm promotes health in our nervous system. The drive to get somewhere in a hurry, get things done, do the next thing, and being controlled by hurry keeps our nervous system running without restoration. Our bodies are miracles. They were designed for health which is accomplished by calmness, rest and sleep. Personal peace is a gift from God and should be allowed to affect our thinking, speaking and behavior. In weight lifting, we grow stronger after training when we rest and sleep. Weight lifting doesn't make us stronger, it tears the muscles down so we become stronger as we rest and allow restoration.
4. Long suffering. Long suffering is a high level of patience. David had instant victory over Goliath, but needed long suffering with Saul who tormented him for years. Everyone has something that resists faith. The choice is always the same... How do I respond to this thing that attempts to defile me? It seems to leave but it keeps coming back. This pressure puts us in a fixed heart state. I am not afraid. My heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7).
Heavenly Father, by Jesus Christ's name, I recognize, affirm and accept all the fruits of the Spirit. By the Spirit, I have love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control (Galatians 5:22-23). Against these there is no law.