That little thing called “The Holy Spirit”
Written on 11/12/2012
It can be a tricky thing. It sounds all like, “Duh. It’s the holy spirit and when you trust in Jesus you like live by it and stuff. BAM!”
There’s so many bible verses about it. They sound so encouraging and so promising. One of my personal faves is Galations 5:16-26.
Galatians 5:16-26 (Source: Biblegateway.com)
New International Version (NIV)
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
But in life and reality walking in the spirit is no easy task. It’s not even all that easy (for me) to understand in fact. I like to think of it as a way of my mind and heart being led. I see something, I think one thing, then I think of how not nice that was to think it, then I fight with all my might not to SAY it, then I don’t say it and I am oh-so-grateful I didn’t. Or I DO say it and feel instant regret and sometimes I even live with a few repercussions, all because I didn’t listen to what The Holy Spirit was telling me. I was acting out in my flesh.
Let’s use instagram as an example.
Rhonda (Not real) posts a picture of a big fat cheeseburger with this as her caption,
“Well, I guess the baby weight will have to wait!”
A few facts about Rhonda.
-She’s insanely skinny and probably only gained 3 lbs when she was preggers.
-She works out A LOT.
-She had no business saying anything about “baby weight” but whateva.
So in my mind when I see that I wanna be like
“Biotch!? WHAT baby weight! Geeze! I gained like 10000 lbs. THAT’S baby weight! You so skinny you can use dental floss and toilet paper!
But before my little chicken pecking fingers could type all that garbage out my mind had a serious cloud of conviction. I realized Rhonda is just like me. She’s a woman. She’s insecure. She’s seeking the world’s approval and most of all she was seeking love NOT hate. So instead of my brilliant comment I said nothing and prayed first for myself and then for her.
I notice several comments (same genre but not as clever as mine would have been) already building up. I was thankful my convictions refrained me from joining in. Next thing I know the picture Rhonda posted was deleted. She deleted it.
Now I imagine it was deleted because of how bad those comments made her feel and she was a bit embarrassed by them.
Sad story but there’s some truth to it.
I want to know what life is like living by the spirit all the time. I want my first reactions and responses to be love, not hate. I want people to see Jesus in me because of The Holy Spirit.
Let’s pray for each other. It’s simple.
Let’s pray that God will show us the simplicity of walking in the spirit. I believe the enemy (satan) loves to complicate this spiritual way of living because it is against everything he is.
‘Cause the Fruit of the spirit (Holy spirit) is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.
Who wouldn’t want more of that?