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The Spirit in Everyday Living

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The Joy of the Spirit

If you are filled with the Holy Spirit you are/will experience joy in living.Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to us.  When our lives are changed by having the Holy Spirit, this give glory  to Jesus for it is His will for us.

Do not snuff out the Spirit

Paul  told us to not to snuff out what the Spirit is doing.  Do not snuff out what the Holy Spirit is doing in the life of the church and in the life of its’ members.The members of the church are members of the Kingdom. As members we are tod to expect  suffering and opposition from the enemy.  This suffering comes from  and is directed toward us because of our faith in Christ. 2

Your attitude is everything

Attitudes affect the work.  Your attitude reveals  the real you and what is inside you. Your attitude can snuff out the work  of the Spirit wherever the Holy Spirit is found to be at work.    Your attitude is completely under your control. You can control  your attitude in such a way that the Holy Spirit can no longer influence your life.3
As Christians, we are to test everything that is preached to us so  to determine the truth.4

Salvation

The overriding theme of the message from God to all Christians everywhere  is salvation.5  
God has a plan for us.  Gods plan for us is  that everyone possible  join in to salvation and fellowship with Him.  The result of this good news in salvation involves being dedicated and consecrated  to God by  doing the work of the Spirit and the will of the Spirit.

Received Through Faith

Salvation does not depend on one’s own effort. Salvation does not come about  through our own effort.  Salvation is by no means earned.  It was Jesus who paid the price and who satisfied the  law. Jesus willingly  gave His life and suffered for our sins . The sinless One gave up life and suffered what we deserved.   That alone is  sufficient for salvation. The Holy Spirit was given to us to  understand  salvation and as a director of mission work. 6

The existence of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is not like a puffy cloud in the distant sky.  The Holy Spirit is not like a think vaper seen drift across a graveyard at dusk. The Holy Spirit is not a vague, abstract, indefinite experience.  The Holy Spirit is real.  The Holy Spirit is a huge impact on the christians  life.7

What is the key?

The key to being a christian, the key to being in possession of the Holy Spirit, the key to pleasing God is :Faith and submission.  The same thing that justified  Abraham is what justifies us: Faith.8

Jesus is our Father

God sent Jesus, as a man, to live under the law. To live under the law and satisfy all demands of the law. Because of what Jesus accomplished in and with His life, we can experience to be adopted by God. It is a privilege to have this kind of relationship with the Father.  As our earthly parent have taught their children, having privilege brings  responsibilities. 10

By faith comes righteousness

Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to be our guide and to give us comfort. Sometimes we simply overflow with the Spirit.  God’s Holy Spirit  shows that we are His sons. Nothing else is needed for our support.  God made  provision for us. Our hope is in this provision.11  Our faith will work through love.12  

Walking  in the Spirit

We must walk in the Spirit, faithfully.  We are not free to do what we want.  We have given our so called freedom to be controlled by the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.  We no longer exist to indulge ourselves.  Christians lives their lives in the life of the Spirit. Christians live to serve one another in love and to spread the message of salvation throughout the world.13

Victory over “the flesh”

Walking in the Spirit simply means having control of our desires, impulses, and wants of the flesh.  The christian is in a constant state of denying desires of the flesh.  On the other hand the christian is in constant state of  cultivating the fruit of the Spirit.  The saving “ God is not finish with me yet”, illustrates the constant struggle christians have with the flesh.  However victory comes even if victory comes  in tiny steps. 14

Trademarks of a life controlled by the flash

The trademarks of the flesh are:

The Ills of  having not the Spirit

  • Immoral ways
  • Filthy thoughts
  • Shameful deeds
  • Worship of  idols
  • The  practice of  witchcraft
  • Hate of  others
  • Hard to get along with others
  • Jealously
  • Anger 
  • Selfishness
  • Argumentative
  • Troublemakers
  • Envious
  • Drunkers
  • Wild partiers
  • Do evil things to others 15

On the other hand..

Trademarks of the Spirit controlled life:

  • :Spriri twoLoving
  • Happy
  • Peaceful
  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Good
  • Faithful
  • Gentle
  • Self-controlled 16

 There is joy in the Lord

Spirit

The non-christian world knows nothing about  the concept of joy, Joy is not found the pursuit of pleasure. Pleasure may bring  momentary  measure of happiness or satisfaction. However the  momentary  measure of happiness or satisfaction is nothing like the deep, continuing joy that is the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit  makes the work of Jesus  and the offer of salvation more and more real to our hearts. This causes rejoicing 18

This should be the watermark of the christians life.

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