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Christ has made the sacrifice for more life. Not life characterized by sin. Who wouldn’t want to revel in the fruit of the Spirit? Just to start with, love, joy, and peace sound pretty good. Now, take a moment to review the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. Are these things present in your life? They should be, and they bring assurance of your place as a child of God.

“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8. It wasn’t after we got our lives right that He died for us. We have to make the choice to come to Him with all our guilt and shame. Jesus is the One who makes our lives right and empowers us to serve. We can never do it on our own. It is vital to pray and study the Bible, but we also have a Helper, the Holy Spirit, to convict and lead us down this road called life. If you doubt any choice in your life, it may be the Spirit leading you in another direction. All believers have the indwelling Holy Spirit.

“8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Romans 8-11

This passage is plain. If you do not have the indwelling Holy Spirit, you are not a Christian. We cannot please God in the flesh, but we will please God in the Spirit. It is awesome and powerful to realize that the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is living inside of us. Not only that, but He will also “quicken” or “give life” to our mortal bodies. More life... an abundant life… a joyful life...

We have confirmation of our new life in Christ when we see the fruit of the Spirit. A life of sin is no life at all. It is death. God wants us to have the happiest, most fulfilling life possible. Don’t be fooled into believing in the temporary “pleasure” of sin. The thief has only come to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus has come so that we can have life more abundant.

From: Volume 2 - Issue 2


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