Secrets of self-control (7)

06 March 2018
‘Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.’

Depend on Christ’s power to help you. ‘Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.’ The sequence in this Scripture is very important. ‘Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives’ – that’s the first part – ‘then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.’ Notice that it doesn’t say we won’t have those desires. Spirit-filled people still experience the desires of the flesh. The difference is that they won’t satisfy them. We usually get the sequence backwards. We might say, ‘I’m not good enough to have God’s Spirit in my life. Once I get my act together, then I’m going to let the Holy Spirit control my life.’ God doesn’t say, ‘Get your act together and then I will help you.’ He says, ‘Let my Holy Spirit control you while you’re still struggling with the problem. I will help you change.’ The sequence makes all the difference. If we’re feeling ill, we wouldn’t say, ‘I’m going to get well first, then I’m going to go see the doctor.’ We need Christ in our lives now, because He has the power to help us change. Often, sinful things are fun, exciting, or enjoyable. None of us would be tempted by ungodly things if they made us miserable. But what God can help us to do is overcome its appeal, and help us replace it with cravings for Him instead. ‘For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him’ (Philippians 2:13 NLT).

 

What Now?

Next time you feel yourself being tempted, immediately ask God to fill that desire with a desire for His presence instead.

Sign up to get your copy delivered

Read More

18th Mar 2019
17th Mar 2019
16th Mar 2019
15th Mar 2019
14th Mar 2019
13th Mar 2019
12th Mar 2019
11th Mar 2019
10th Mar 2019
09th Mar 2019
08th Mar 2019
07th Mar 2019
06th Mar 2019
05th Mar 2019
04th Mar 2019
03rd Mar 2019
02nd Mar 2019
01st Mar 2019
27th Feb 2019
26th Feb 2019
25th Feb 2019
24th Feb 2019
23rd Feb 2019
22nd Feb 2019

Articles

Mark and Mark at full volume
Meet: Seeker & Servant
A light on a hill

 

Social Media