For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. Galatians 5:17
The Spirit is God’s agent of prevention. Without the Spirit, no one knows what you might have done by now. The Spirit “keeps you from doing the things you want to do.” Someone has already irritated you this morning. You want to tell them about it. The Spirit says “no.”
Why is He qualified to speak to such matters. He knows their heart–you don’t. He knows what kind of morning they had–you don’t. He knows them and He knows you.
This is why the war within shouldn’t catch us by surprise. As a matter of fact, if you can continue in sin without the war, you’re in trouble. The ability to sin uninhibited points to the absence of the Spirit inside you. If the Holy Spirit isn’t preventing you from sinning, He will not also prevent you from spending eternity in Hell. The Spirit who drew you to Jesus is the same Spirit who will prevent you from sinning.
What a great gift we have in the Spirit.
For a midweek refresher, let me recommend a great preacher, Tim Keller. His sermon is called “How to Change” and it’s from Galatians 5. Listen hard–he’s crazy smart! Google “Tim Keller free sermons” and you should find it…or maybe google his name and the sermon.
Let me know what you think!
Listen to the Spirit today.