The church that I pastor has recently embarked on a new journey together in which every department (Kids, Youth, and Adults) is studying Dr. George O. Wood’s book “Living in the Spirit.” This is an incredible resource that will encourage all who read it to grow in their understanding of Who the Holy Spirit is… and what He wants to do in and through their lives!
One passage of Scripture that I find myself gravitating to on a regular basis is Galatians 5:16-18 which says,
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
The apostle Paul penned these words nearly two-thousand years ago, but they remain just as powerful, and relevant, and applicable to us today as when he first wrote them! In order to live the victorious life that Christ intends for us, we must learn to yield ourselves to the Spirit’s leading and influence. The problem is that this is easier said than done!
Being “led by the Spirit” literally means to be directed by, or governed by Him in every facet of life. Therein lies the implications of Galatians 5:16, “…live by the Spirit.” The fullness of the Holy Spirit is not merely intended for “the more important things in life”; it is not only for ministry moments at church; nor is it only for the “thrills and chills” at a Pentecostal altar… The fullness of the Spirit is intended to impact every area of our lives!
With that in mind, the main question that we focused on our first week in this series was, “Who is the Holy Spirit to Me?” Now be very careful how you answer this question, for how you answer may determine your response level to the Spirit’s leading in your life. You see, if you merely consider the Holy Spirit to be a resource, a tool, some cosmic energy force at your disposal, or an inanimate object that can be turned on or off at the flick of a switch, you may be less inclined to feel the need to “obey” the Spirit’s leading, since there is no personal relationship involved with energy, or a source of power . However, if you truly see the Holy Spirit as the Third Person of the Godhead, Who really can be known, and Who desires to have a relationship with you, I believe that you may actually be more inclined to follow His direction and leading, since it is usually more difficult to ignore or disobey Someone you love!
So, ask yourself… “Who is the Holy Spirit to me?” Your answer may be revealing.