*DATE: MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2022*
*TOPIC: BE ENGAGED BY THE SPIRIT*
*TEXT: Gal 5:16-18*
_So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For 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._
Living a carnal life is automatic if we don’t engage the Spirit. The default setting of a natural man is contrary to that of the Spirit. We must be deliberate to engage the Spirit and walk in his ways. The text above says ,we should be connected to the Spirit then we shall not walk in the flesh .It is not enough to be filled with the Holy Ghost but to allow him take hold of us. This means we should be under total control of the Spirit. Whatever we sow is what we will reap. If we sow obedience to the Spirit, we shall reap eternal life and vice versa.
Like a vehicle that is on but in neutral gear, so is a believer who has the Spirit but not led by the Spirit: there will be no real progress in such life. Only an engaged vehicle can witness any progress in life. Only a believer that works by the dictates of the Spirit witnesses real spiritual progress.
Highlights on how to Engage the Spirit;
1. Be conscious of the Holy Spirit that is in you (1 Cor 3:16)
2. Listen to the dictates of the Spirit per time (Roman 8:14)
3. Make a fixed choice to seek and walk in the will of the Spirit always ( Gal 6:16)
4.Be expectant of the great reward that lies in walking in the Spirit more than the pain of denying the flesh ( 2 Cor 4:17)
5.Be careful of where you receive counsel.Most times when the will of the flesh collides with that of the Spirit,we seek counsel.Such counsel have great power in determining our action no matter how convinced we are about the will of God. Seek counsel from godly source only.
6.walk in faith. It is faith in the will of God that brings the expected result. Satan is a robber (John 10:10), even if a man is walk in the Spirit but not doing so in faith, he will be robbed of the expected reward by the devil. So be persuaded, be persistent, be dogged about the promised outcome (2 Cor 4:13)
Father help me to walk in the will of the Spirit daily
*Dr Akinlade Isaiah*
Be Engaged By The Spirit
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