205. Living by the Spirit
As Christians, we are called to live by the Spirit of God and not by the dictates of our flesh. What are the risks associated with relying on our human nature? What does the Bible say about Living by the Spirit, and how can we do it in our daily lives? Join us in this episode as Caroline explains the significance of living by the Spirit!
Galatians 5:16-26 “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”
Galatians 6:8 “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.”
Romans 8:5-9 “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)”
Romans 8:11-14 “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”
Romans 2:13 “For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.”
Living by the Spirit
- In order to live by the Spirit, we must receive and be activated by the Spirit of God.
- Let the Holy Spirit guide your life.
- The Spirit and the Flesh (our human nature) are in a battle with each other.
- If you’re living by the spirit, you can’t also be living by your flesh.
- “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
- Jesus defeated death on the cross and now we are free from sin and able to live by the Spirit.
Living by the Flesh/Human Nature
- Living by the flesh leads to sin.
- “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.”
- The people who are living according to the flesh will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Reaping What You Sow
- The things that we reap in life are dependent on the seeds that we sow.
- We cannot sow seeds in our flesh and expect to receive results in the Spirit of God.
- If you are living to satisfy your sinful nature, you will produce a harvest of sin, ungodliness and death.
- If we let our flesh lead our life it will lead to mass destruction and death.
- If we let our spirit lead our life it will to a life of peace and joy.
- Are you living by the spirit or by the flesh?
Practical Ways to Live by the Spirit
- We partner up with hope, life and peace because that is who God is.
- Speak words of life.
- Trust God that even if your eyes can’t see it and it doesn’t make sense at all in the natural that nothing is impossible with God.
- Be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
- Know God’s Word
- Living out God’s Word in your life.
- Surround yourself with a spirit-led community.
- Connect with the Spirit of God through prayer
- Pray in the Spirit
“As a believer in Christ, you are called to live by the spirit of God.” – Caroline Harries
“If you’re living by the Spirit, you won’t be living by your sinful flesh.” – Caroline
“The harvest we receive is based on the seeds we have sown.” – Caroline
“Living by our sinful nature will lead to death, but living by the spirit of God will lead to peace.” – Caroline
“The Father is in Heaven waiting for you to partner up with the Spirit of God and live and be led by the Holy Spirit.” – Caroline
“Your life will be radically different if you live by the Spirit of God instead of by your flesh.” – Caroline
“If you want to live by the Spirit you have to surrender control and put your trust in God.” – Caroline
“God cannot lead and guide you if you have not first put your hope and trust in Him.” – Caroline
“Fasting is key to living life by the Spirit.” – Caroline Harries
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