Listened to a Sermon the other day. What spoke to me was, the Holy Spirit is not a Spy. But a comforter, I’m trying to get this. Many I believe are trying to hide behind the bushes. Need to understand, Comfort, conviction,correction. The direction, Calvary. Do you agree?
@Tim_Duvall Why would anyone ever think the Holy Spirit was a spy? God’s commands are for our good. If we try to hide our sin from God, we are only hurting ourselves. Think about it - in a world where no one murdered, stole, committed adultery, lied, or coveted - wow - that would be a great place to live! In fact, God is the greatest treasure there is - so giving us Himself is the highest good possible. So the commands to love Him are also for our good - we were made for Him and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Him.
Romans 8 / Galatians 5 are great places to check out the work of God’s Spirit in our lives - the Spirit sets us free from slavery to sin to love God and neighbor:
- empowers us to live the Christian life (Galatians 5:16-25, Romans 8) of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control
- turns our minds to the things of God (Romans 8:5-6)
- gives us power to overcome sin and live a righteous life (Romans 8:12-13)
- testifies that we are God’s children (Rom 8:18)
- helps us to pray (Rom 8:26-27)
Romans 8:1-8 - Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.