The Power of the Holy Spirit

When God saves a soul by His grace, then He gives the gift of the Holy Spirit. God has blessed us with a strength beyond our own where sin flees, and His love radiates through our hearts. This happened not by our choice but from Christ.

Sin is tough since it destroys our relationship with God. Each of us understands the way sin takes us away from righteousness. God never stops providing us a way out of the original sin (Romans 1:18-21), and the Holy Spirit gives evidence to God’s unconditional compassion.

Jesus Christ supplied the 12 Disciples with God’s Spirit (John 14:15-18). This is how they could carry the Gospels after Christ’s Ascension into heaven. Christ taught the Apostle many spiritual truths. God knew it wasn’t possible for them to remember those and provided them with the Spirit of Truth (John 14:26). And God has given us the same Spirit.

The Holy Spirit guides us in God’s will. We do not remove sin from our lives, but Jesus does, and His death gave life to God’s promise of salvation. Without God’s Spirit, our self-destructive behavior will leave us in eternal darkness.

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Spiritual death is damnation, and the Holy Bible is full of scriptures attesting to those facts. Anyone can deny these truths, but a Spirit-fed life knows the reality of God’s will. God leaves no excuses, and it’s not by accident He has taken your hand.

And the Holy Spirit allows us to avoid the traps keeping us in spiritual blindness.

On the other side of sin is an awesome place where God’s presence comes alive. Nothing matches God’s divine holiness. It’s a unique and extraordinary phase of consciousness. This peaceful, loving and exhilarating connection is the essence of God. Christ holds the key to this path (John 14:6).

The Holy Spirit doesn’t come without personal responsibility. Salvation isn’t a free pass, and we have to be an active participant in living our lives in God’s kingdom. This means we have to repent, and the courage in overcoming sins comes from the Holy Spirit. God inspires us to make amends for our wrongs and live holy.

A Spirit-filled life wants to live free from the bondage of sin. One of the greatest gifts from the Lord is the ability to pause when sin enters the mind and surrender that thought over to Christ. Here a courage beyond our human one stops those thoughts and redirects our minds. Then, as the result of the Holy Spirit, we find ourselves united with God and Christ. We act in holiness instead of reacting to life’s terms in sin.

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Before God saved me, my life was full of deception, immorality, and selfish motives. I was unaware of the ways sin caused me to hurt others. My behaviors weren’t spiritual since I didn’t have compassion for anyone. Pride kept me away from selflessness and always took credit for God’s attributes.

I defiled myself since my tongue was full of viciousness. My reputation was untrustworthy, and I expected to receive praise for being generous. I became a drunkard, and this caused mental, spiritual and physical problems.

In the midst of this turmoil, God blessed me with His mercy and saved me from evil. Today I’m grateful for His gift of salvation and being chosen to experience His Spirit. My transformed life comes from the Holy Spirit. I no longer have to live a sinful life since Christ’s presence is alive inside my soul.

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God gives faithful believers the same gift. We are united in the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel of Christ. Our love bonded in God’s Spirit keeps us motivated to live holy. We welcome the opportunities God gives to grow in the image of Christ. God separates Himself from the world and to make this known to His children is the reason he anoints us with the Holy Spirit.

 

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On the Other Side of Sin

On the other side of sin is a miraculous place where God’s presence comes alive. You know it’s God, since nothing matches His divine holiness. It’s a unique and extraordinary phase of consciousness. This peaceful, loving and exhilarating connectedness is the essence of God.

And His Spirit inspires you to draw closer to Him.

One of the brightest signs of living past sin is experiencing God’s incredible compassion. God’s love is exceptional, and His forgiveness is unbelievable. The Lord is remarkable in the way He shows mercy. Even when we fall short and stay faithful, He embraces us with His awesome grace. We are blessed to have a faithful Creator.

To live free from the bondage of sin takes a firm spiritual foundation. This truth is unavoidable. The Bible gives testimony to the freedom from its paralyzing grip and the spiritual death of an unsaved soul.

Without Christ, no one can overcome the evil effects sin causes to the human spirit (John 12:46).  

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God makes Himself visible to every human (Romans 1:18-21). Our Father loves His children and wants each of us to hear His call (Titus 2:11). God’s original calling is but a beginning. Understanding His truth takes a lifetime of commitment, selfless service and an unwavering trust in His sovereignty.

Salvation teaches us faith needs nurturing (1 Peter 2:2), and a faith filled with Christ’s nutrients bears eternal fruits. Christ is the gateway to receiving our inheritance promised by God (1 Peter 1: 3-5). Once a person relies on Christ, then God’s Spirit becomes the permanent anchor for a life without the need to sin.

It’s not easy living in the flesh. The world is full of temptations. God’s enemy uses the lusts of the world as a way to trap his prey. The devil’s web of deception lures the unsuspecting soul into the emptiness of false promises (Genesis 3:2-5). Then when a person takes his bait, the reality to its fruitlessness shows up in disappointing results. This leads to eternal damnation and causes significant conflict with God.  


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The narrow way (Matthew 7:13-14) is where we find Christ and discover spiritual courage. On our own we can’t live away from sin and become righteous in front of God. Righteousness is the measuring stick of a secure life where living holy takes preference over personal interests.

It’s through Christ’s strength we can deny ourselves, live apart from sin and stay in God’s favor.

Sometimes I struggle to live on the straight and narrow. I give in to temptations and suffer the spiritual consequences. For example, when I gossip and judge someone my conscience lets me know I’m in the wrong. Salvation makes sin uncomfortable and until I repent my soul continues to suffer. Pride, lust, bitterness brings the same results.

The good news is when I sin and confess it to Christ, then God shows me the way to right the wrong. And the neat thing Christ brings to my life is holiness. I’m grateful for the way Christ corrects my disobedience and brings me in alignment with God’s commandments.

One of the greatest revelations of God’s truth is the hope Christ secures to faithful believers. Christ, committed no sin (1 Peter 2:21-22), and God’s saving grace sanctifies our sinfulness. Here our belief goes beyond understanding and into an eternal confidence. Christ’s sacrifice made this possible.

Our spiritual awakening to a life away from sin is marvelous. We have touched on a few attributes Christ brings to our lives. A life centered in God brings a lifetime of enjoyment. Each of us gives testimonies to God’s forgiveness and Christ’s cleansing of our souls. Salvation transforms us from sinfulness into holiness and we are living examples to His kingdom. May we never forget God’s gift of salvation.

 

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