War in the Mind/Walking in the Spirit:
Subject:(Hope in the Spirit?)
Let’s start with the battlefield of the mind:
a). That all-important “P” Word:
We must learn that in the spiritual realm sometimes a straight line is not the shortest distance between us and where we want to be. We must learn to be patient and wait on the Lord, even if it seems that He is taking us in a roundabout way to get to our desired destination.
Go Through or Give Up?
Scripture Reading: (Proverbs 16:25)
“There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.”
Impatience is a sign of pride, and the only answer to pride is humility.
How to Get Where You Want to Be
God probably won’t wave a magic wand over your problems, but He does want to help you get through them.
b). Truth is Light:
Truth is one of the most powerful weapons against the kingdom of darkness. Amen. Truth is light, and the Bible says that the darkness has never overpowered the light, and it never will. Think about it, meditate on it, and hold on to the truth of God’s Word. It is the most effective weapon we have.
Scripture Reading: (John 1:1-5)
In the beginning [before all-time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. [Isa. 9:6.] He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it
and is unreceptive to it]. Glory to God!
Satan wants to keep things hidden in the darkness, but the Holy Spirit wants to bring them into the light and deal with them, so that you and I can be truly and genuinely free. Hallelujah!
Find Real Freedom by Embracing Real Truth
Find out how real freedom and the life God has for you can only be found in the truth of His Word. (Read the Word).
c). Choose to Believe:
Originally Answered: Can you choose to believe something?Absolutely, but it’s not quite as direct as flipping a switch. Pretending you believe in something can lead you to ultimately believe it. That’s dangerous!
Choose is an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.
“The choice between good and evil”
to decide that a particular person or thing is the one that you want; or
to make a choice about what to do.
“Thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee.” God has told us through His prophets that we are free to choose between good and evil. We may choose liberty and eternal life by following Jesus Christ.
Choose life spiritually may refer to listen to God’s Word or Satan’s lies.
Deuteronomy 30:19: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
InI Corinthians 12, the Bible tells us about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. One gift we may take for granted is the gift of choice. When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them the gift of choice. They had the power to choose to eat of the forbidden fruit or to obey God and not.
We can choose to believe a lie or believe the Truth as God would have us to do.
Let’s Walk in the Spirit:
What does it mean to be led by the Holy Spirit? Some may refer to it as being filled with…or sensitive to…or anointed by the Spirit. It probably sounds spiritual. But being led by the Spirit is a very practical part of living the Christian life. Simply put, to be led by the Holy Spirit just means to be obedient to Him.
The Holy Spirit does such awesome, yet practical work in the lives of God’s children. He is our Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby. He teaches us and guides us into truth…and He even brings the things we learn back to our remembrance as we need it.
And the best part of it all is that He lives in each of us. Ephesians 3:16 tells us that He enables us to be “…strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].”
He comes to live in our hearts when we’re born again, and then He teaches and guides us according to God’s plan and purpose for us. One of the ways He does this is by convicting us of the sins in our life. Much like a child does, as Christians, we learn what’s right and wrong as we grow in our faith. We may get by with things that are not right for a while, but the time comes when we need to grow. I remember when I would go to church every Sunday and then spend most of the afternoon gossiping about the pastor or whatever I didn’t like about the service.
Of course, I was not a very happy Christian during that time. And I couldn’t have been a very good example of one to others either. Critical and judgmental attitudes like that, or murmuring, being unthankful, and complaining hinder our relationship with God and our representation of what a Christian is.
Bottom of Form
But eventually, I began to get this nagging, uneasy feeling every time I would say something negative about the pastor…or anyone else for that matter. I could feel that what I was saying was wrong, and I knew in my heart it was the Holy Spirit telling me it was time to grow up and mature spiritually.
Now, I am immediately aware when I say or do something that is not pleasing to God. And this is what He wants for all His children: to develop sensitivity and obedience to His voice as He leads and guides each of our lives. Romans 8:14 declares that “…all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.” This term “sons” indicates a level of maturity and intimacy in our relationship with Him.
God is not looking for spiritual robots; He wants sons. He doesn’t want us all just following a bunch of rules for the sake of obedience. In the Old Testament, we read about the Old Covenant, and there were all kinds of rules to follow and sacrifices to make for sin. However, under this covenant, the people’s sins were only “covered” for a while. In the New Covenant, which Jesus provided through His perfect sacrifice, our sin is completely washed away and removed from us. So, we are free to obey God simply because we love Him and we know that everything He tells us to do, or not do, is for our good. It’s no longer about a long list of rules and regulations; but following the Holy Spirit. We just need to learn to follow His lead.
It’s rather exciting to follow the Holy Spirit. I can tell you that life will never be boring with Him in the lead. When I first met Dave, I never would’ve thought God was leading him to me! But he had been praying for a wife…and particularly someone who needed help. He came to the house one day to visit a friend of his who lived upstairs from us. I was outside washing my car. So he said, “When you finish that one, you want to wash mine?” I sharply answered, “If you want your car washed you can just wash it yourself!” It had to be the Holy Spirit leading him, because he says that’s when he thought, “That’s the girl for me!” We went on five dates and got married…and the rest is history!
Now, everyone’s story is different, but the point is the Holy Spirit wants to lead us all according to the plans God has for each of our lives. I’m not saying it will always be easy. King David was called a man after God’s heart, but we all know it wasn’t because he did everything right. However, David had cultivated a passionate heart for God’s will. He learned how to recover from his failures and move on in God, and because of that he earned the Lord’s tribute: “…I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do” (Acts 13:22 NIV).
Our part is to pray, study God’s Word, and learn to develop our own sensitivity and obedience to the Holy Spirit’s lead. His promise to us is, “…I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally
hardened] heart out of their flesh and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive
and responsive to the touch of their God] (Ezekiel 11:19).
Trust the Holy Spirit in you…He knows what’s best. Let your adventure begin!
Colossians 1:9-12, Exodus 20:1-17. Psalm 16:11; 32:8, Proverbs 3:5-6; 16:25, I Thessalonians 4:1-5, John 1:1-5, Romans 8:1-14, Isaiah 9:6, Joshua 24:15, Ephesians 3:16, Ezekiel 11:19, Acts 13:22, Hebrews 11:1, Deuteronomy 30:19.
Question: Week # 6
1). What is the all-purpose “P” Word?
2). Let’s Read (Proverbs 16:25).
3). Let’s Read (Hebrews 11:1).
4). Let’s Read (John 1:1-5).
5). What is the light of men?
6). How do we find real freedom?
7). Let’s Read (Joshua 24:15).
8). Can you choose to believe something?
9). What is truth?
10). Choosing spiritual life may mean what?
11). Let’s Read (Deuteronomy 30:19).
12). What does it mean to be led by the Holy Spirit?
13). Name some work the Holy Spirit does.
14). What is the inner man?
15). Let’s Read (Romans 8:11).
16). Let’s Read (Romans 8:14).
17). Explain (Ezekiel 11:19).
18). Are you walking in God’s plan for your life?
19). Let’s Read (Psalm 16:11, 32:8; Proverbs 3:5-6).
20). Read the devotion and answer the following questions.
21). Read (Colossians 1:9-12) and explain it as much as you can.
22). What hinders us from discovering and doing God’s will?
23). What are the three aspects of God’s plan?
24). Why should we seek to obey God’s will?
25). Are you willing to submit to Christ and begin living in the fullness of His good and perfect will for you?
26). Is the mess you have made of your life keeping you from believing that the Lord can forgive and transform you if you will repent and turn to Him in faith?
27). What have you learned in this lesson?
Weekly Reading: WEEK #6 Romans 16 (Monday)