I was reminded recently that the first Bible I acquired after I became a Christian was tagged a ‘Spirit-filled Life’ Bible. It was treasure trove of useful studies, explanations and footnotes. I think I was prompted by a recent challenge to revisit the truth again that we must live in the Spirit. It must be our norm and our focus rather than the exception to the rule.
As we negotiate our way through life, facing all kinds of challenges and decisions along the way, living in accordance with the world’s expectations is an easy default to adopt. Our aims and objectives are almost set out for us when we move to the beat of the world. We find ourselves conforming to the standards of others and, dare I say, even when we decide to become a Christian, we can so easily fall into the pattern of following Jesus with a mindset of ‘as long as I don’t have to change‘ or ‘as long as I’m not challenged to give up my comfy lifestyle’. A challenge for all of us I think!
In Galatians 5:16 Paul instructs the church to ‘walk in the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh’. It’s a profound and life-changing challenge; denying our ‘flesh’ is a tough call when we attempt to go it alone. However, when we dare to hand over to the Holy Spirit? That’s where the source of victory lies!