THE HOLY SPIRIT AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE
We know how important the Holy Spirit is in our Christian life, but we sometimes forget the crucial role He has in our spiritual warfare. For one thing, He wages war against our sinful nature so we can have victory over sin and live a holy life (Galatians 5:17). Isn’t it great we don’t have to fight sin alone? We are in a battle with our sinful nature, as Paul describes in Romans 7:15-25. The power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to help us have victory over temptation and sin.
Don’t be surprised or discouraged because you have to battle so much and so often. We WILL have battles as long as we live in this body. We’ll never be so ‘spiritual’ we won’t struggle. That will only happen in heaven.
The Spirit also is active in teaching us the truth of God’s Word (Ephesians 6:14) and warning us against false teachings. He will sound an alarm in your spirit when something or someone doesn’t seem ‘right.’ Learn to recognize and trust that prodding for it is God’s Spirit warning you. He will warn of sin as well.
He will help you remember what you have studied in the Bible when you need it (John 14:26). Fist you need to spend time studying and learning the Bible. Memorize verses that stand out in your mind so you can use them when attacked or when speaking to others. That’s how Jesus resisted Satan (Matthew 4).
We aren’t to pray to or worship the Spirit, but we must always be aware of Him, for He is God Himself living inside of us to help us in any way we let Him. Turn to Him, allow Him to give you the wisdom, insight, courage and perseverance you need. Don’t fight alone! What could be better than having God live inside you!
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By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer © Copyright 2019 Christian Training Organization. https://www.christiantrainingonline.org/