Spirit Power

Therefore, dear
brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature
urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through
the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you
will live
(Romans 8:12-13).
 
I was not able as a teenage to control the desires of my
flesh until I received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. I had the desire to do
the right thing. But day after day I was waylaid by the flesh, the world, and
the devil. With the baptism with the Holy Spirit several things occurred.
 
First, spiritual things took on a new dimension of
importance. Instead of having to think about how my spiritual life related to
my work, my friends, my family, my inner life, I found an almost automatic
connection. The job of the Holy Spirit is to make Jesus real and manifest to
the believer. When He comes in the baptism with the Spirit, He in fullness does
His job, if allowed.
 
Second, The Bible become a book I craved. I wanted to
read it a lot. Then, I noticed that what I read would come back up in my
thought life over and over. I found later that the Holy Spirit will remind you
of the Word you read and store in your thoughts (John 14:26). When my flesh
rose up, I found scripture would rise up too. And with the scripture came
conviction. Then things that enticed me just weren’t as enticing anymore.
 
Thirdly, I prayed in tongues every day. I found that a
strength would buoy up inside me when I prayed in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:4;
Jude 20). My spirit was receiving a Divine charge! When temptation knocked, it
seemed that a power beyond my own kept me from yielding. The times I did yield
I was most miserable and I repented immediately. Sin had lost its grip.
 
If you will allow Him control, the Holy Spirit will lead
you right into intimacy with Jesus. Let your walls down. He loves you. Some of
us won’t let anyone close because others have harmed us in some way in our
past. Don’t allow the fear of intimacy to keep you from this wonderful person,
the Holy Spirit.
 
If allowed, the Holy Spirit will lead you into a deeper
experience in the Word. Then, He will talk to you about adjustments you need to
make to follow the Word more closely in your personal life. He will tell you
who to befriend, and who to keep at a distance because of their lifestyle. He
will speak to you throughout your day, and pull to the Word. He will keep watch
and guard you when the world, the flesh, or the devil rise up.
 
The key is spending time with the Father and Jesus
through the Word and in prayer. If you do, the Holy Spirit will help you put to
death the negative habits of your flesh!

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