So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! - Galatians 5:16-23
There I sat in a room full of expectation empty handed.
A room full of baby furniture, clothes and toys...and yet I had no baby.
No baby to put in the crib or rock in the rocking chair. The child we had spent the past two weeks waiting for, praying for, longing to bring home to this nursery, stayed in Ohio as we traveled home with an empty carseat in the back.
A tragic tale had become our reality.
I had every reason to be angry, every reason to crumble into a pile of self-pity. My emotions would be valid and my actions would be graciously expected by our Godly community.
Sitting in the middle of our nursery my mind wanted me to be sad, but my spirit chose joy instead. I couldn’t explain it then and I still can’t now, but as I sat cross-legged in our baby’s room, eyes gazing all around all I could feel was overwhelming unexplainable joy.
Joy that brought me to tears. A sense of hope took over inside as the Holy Spirit reminded me this was not the end of our story. The end of this story was a promise fulfilled. A daughter, and her name would be Norah Lee Perryman.
Ephesians 4 tells us Christ will make His home in our Hearts when we believe in Him. When we choose Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life, He gives us the Holy Spirit as our advocate. The Holy Spirit is God inside of us, and as we grow in love and knowledge of our Savior, this Spirit inside of us grows deep, strong roots (Ephesians 3:17).
Galatians 5 gives us a parallel of our human nature and the Spirit inside of us. God’s words in Galatians remind us of the war inside of us and the hope the Spirit provides. For the more we choose Jesus, the less we choose those humans tendencies.
All through Jesus’ ministry He kept promising something better was coming. What could be better than Him walking among us? Him living through us! The Holy Spirit is God in us and where the Spirit is, God is.
Meaning we can, though unexplainable at times, choose joy in the midst of trials. We can have patience in the waiting. We can love the ones the world calls unlovable. All the fruits Galatians talks about, we get to have when we choose Jesus.
We live in a fallen world with failed adoptions and dark realities, but the more we choose Jesus in the moments, the deeper our roots grow (Ephesians 3) and the stronger our fruits become. Temptation will always be a part of life, but the more we choose Jesus the less we give in to the temptation.
1. Can you think of a moment from your life where the Holy Spirit took over in an unexpected way? Describe it below.
2. What is one way you can choose to spend time with Jesus this week?
Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit. Thank You for loving me so much, You sent Your son to die the death I deserve so I could have You living inside of me. Father, help me choose You more! Help me see You more this week. Father, I pray my faith in You continues to grow. Holy Spirit lead me this week!
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