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May 16, 2014 | Daily Devotionals | May 16

Not only is it desirable for God’s man to be filled and influenced totally by the Holy Spirit, it actually is a direct order–the tense used in the Bible is the imperative. In other words, God’s man must be filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

The Bible tells us that either our sinful appetites will dominated us or we will hunger to please God. When we say yes to the Holy Spirit, we are saying no to the sins that caused Jesus to die for us. We are also agreeing to the strong leadership and calling of God’s Spirit upon our lives. When that happens, we experience a new life.

 

So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants…. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict…. But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (GALATIANS 5:16-17,22,23, NLT, emphasis added)

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