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April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014

"The Missing Ingredient in Your Battle with Sin"

“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.  Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”  Galatians 5: 16 NLT

You can do everything right and still not defeat sin.  You can read your Bible every day.  You can pray.  You can have a group of friends around you who will speak the truth in love to you on a regular basis.  And yet, you can still be trapped in habitual sin.

At the end of the day, if all you’re doing is depending upon yourself to accomplish it, it won’t happen.  You need the Holy Spirit’s power.  The Holy Spirit enables believers to do what they can’t do and fulfill God’s desire for our lives.

You can have all the right equipment in the world to defeat habitual sin in your life, but it won’t matter without the Holy Spirit.  Just imagine you’re walking on a beach and see a dead seagull that has died less than a minute earlier.

If you pick it up, it won’t be much different than its live counterparts.  It’s still warm.  It will have the same muscles, bones, feathers and wings.  But when you toss it up in the sky to fly, it will drop right back to the ground.

Why is that?  It doesn’t have any life left in it.  The life isn’t in the feathers, the wings or the bones.  It’s the life God puts into it.  Without a spirit the bird won’t fly even if it has all the equipment still in tact.

You can have all the right equipment to live a successful life.  It may even appear to outward appearances victorious.  Without the Spirit’s empowering you, you can’t live that kind of life.  It’s like throwing that dead seagull up in the air.

You can’t live the victorious life of Christ on your own.  It’s impossible.  That’s why He said He’s sending the Holy Spirit to us at the Ascension.

Your best intentions and your too easily broken promises won’t enable you to live the Christian life.  The Holy Spirit has to live in you to make that happen.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don