Obey the Spirit

The last thing authentic, spirit-filled believers should be is bored in their faith. Are you tired of going through the motions? Tired of trying to work out your faith in your own strength?
 
See John 6:63. The Holy Spirit is not merely helpful. He is our only hope. Unfortunately for most Christians, there is a huge gap between what the Scriptures say about the Holy Spirit and how we actually live each and every day.
 
The degree to which you ignore the Spirit is directly related to the degree of dissatisfaction you feel with your Christian life. We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God. See Galatians 3:2-3.
 
Because our salvation was a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, so our spiritual living must also be a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. 
 
When I read Scripture, I see the truth and necessity of a living a life of obedience to the Holy Spirit and a dependence upon Him. We don’t live to ourselves. As born-again, followers of Christ, the Holy Spirit fills our lives. See 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; John 14:15-17; John 16:7.
 
Take a moment and ask yourself this question: When was the last time I undeniably saw the Spirit of God at work in and around me? God the Holy Spirit wants to be vitally present in and through His people — but obedience is the key!
 

Resolution #6: This year, I will obey the Spirit and allow His power to fill my life and fuel my faith.

 
Being a Christian does not necessarily guarantee that a person lives a life controlled by the Spirit. Read: Galatians 5:16–25.
 
The truth is that you have been, are now, and will obey something. Obedience to the flesh leads to self-defeating behaviors that destroy your faith. Obedience to the Holy Spirit produces something entirely different. Rather than behaviors and attitudes that defeat us, obedience to the Spirit produces characteristics and attitudes that improve our life, our faith and our interaction with others.
 
The fact that Paul commands us to “walk by the Spirit” implies that many believers are not. It is not that they don’t have the Holy Spirit, but rather they are not choosing to obey, to walk by the Spirit.
 
The Spirit’s transforming work in us is not done apart from human cooperation. Sadly, there are too many believers today who profess faith in Christ but who haven’t surrendered themselves to the control of the Spirit. So how do we obey the Spirit?
 
The irony of Spirit-filled living is that we have to give up power in order to gain a greater power.
 

To walk in the Spirit means obeying His initial promptings.

 
You do it by going through each day aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence with you. You submit to Him as you feel Him pulling you in a certain direction or tugging at your heart to take a particular course of action, even if you don’t quite understand why.
 
Begin each day with a prayer: “Father, I want You to guide me and lead me today by Your Spirit. Speak to my heart. Keep me sensitive to Your promptings and to what is happening around me in the lives of those I meet. Use me today for Your purposes. Today, I choose to obey the Spirit.”
 
If you yield to and obey the Holy Spirit and depend on His ability rather than your own, He will enable you not only to live a life that is pleasing to Christ but also to experience God in ways you never thought possible.