Spirit Life Church is a non-denominational church that was pioneered by Jeff and Natasha Ferguson located in Alexandria, MN. Our vision is to raise up people to intimately know their God, obediently respond to His Word, confidently hear His voice, and faithfully follow His Spirit... to reach the los… read more
Knowing Who You Are And Whose You Are Makes The Difference
Romans 8:14 (NASB) For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.
The mature children of God are those [the Greek is quite emphatic: “those and only those”] who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit.
(NCV) The true children of God are those who let God's Spirit lead them.
Biblical maturity is not gauged by how much you know about God, but by how much you’re becoming like God by following His Holy Spirit.
Those who can be trusted to follow the Holy Spirit will be trusted with greater revelations from the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16-24 (NLT) Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. THEN you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 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... 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results [fruits] are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension [contention, strife], division, 21 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. 22 But the [desires of the] Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self- control... 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.
Romans 8:5-8 (NASB) Those who live according to [after the manner of, act in accordance with, in agreement with, conform to] the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Those who identify with their old nature cannot please [be agreeable with, seek to be like, fit together with] God.
Romans 8:13 (NASB) If you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds [passion and desires] of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.
Hebrews 5:13-14 (NASB) Everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to [is inexperienced in] the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature [complete, perfect in character], who because of practice [habit of use] have their senses [organs of perception] trained [to exercise naked, disciplined] to discern [YLT - both] good and evil.
There are secrets that God will only reveal to those
who follow His Spirit in pursuit of being like Him.
1. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you
[Jesus said in John 16:13 the the HS would lead us into all the truth]
2. Ask yourself, “Which nature is trying to influence my actions?”
[You old nature apart from Christ or Your new nature in Christ?]
The old nature has to be crucified for the new nature to flourish - Galatians 5:24.
3. Practice Resistance
James 4:7-8 (NASB) Submit to [humble yourself before] God. Resist [stand against, oppose - opposite to] the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God [come close, join] and He will draw near to you.
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