By His Grace

Spirit’s Help In Holy Living

Posted on: October 10, 2012

This is a paper I wrote for my class in Systematic Theology.  The assignment was as follows:

“Alex excitedly tells you, “I recently received the Holy Spirit’s power. I’m no longer a carnal Christian like so many people. I’m just letting go and letting God. Now I can overcome sin with hardly a struggle, and I can live the kind of life that makes me acceptable to God.” Write what you would say to Alex, based on your own understanding of justification, sanctification, and the Spirit’s help in holy living.”

Hope you enjoy it. Smile

I would first start off by telling Alex that there is nowhere in the Bible telling us that just because we become a child of God through salvation and went through the process of justification and sanctification, that we won’t have struggles with sin. We are powerless over our sin nature but there is hope and strength through the help of the Holy Spirit but we first must seek Him, change our way of thinking and allow God to work in our lives. Faith requires action, not just sitting by and letting things happen. We have to fight to stay on track and on the right path, otherwise the devil will get a foothold in our life.

It is true when the Bible says, “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” But even so, we still have to be vigilant in our daily life and be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading and guidance. Satan will attack this every chance he gets.

In fact Jesus told us we will have more attacks from the devil, because the devil doesn’t want us to please or bring glory to God. Satan will work overtime on believers. The good news is that we have weapons of faith that God has provided and given us to be able to sustain these attacks. These weapons of faith are explained as the “armor of God” as written in Ephesians 6:10-18. We are given the power of the Holy Spirit to aid us in times of conflict.

In a book written by Wayne Gruden titled, “Bible Doctrine”, he defines justification: “An instantaneous legal act of God in which He (1) thinks of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us, and declares us to be righteous in His sight.” He goes on to tell us that, “Legal declaration of justification by God affirms we are just in God sight”.

In other words, we have a right legal standing before God because He has given us forgiveness of our sins. This means we are completely forgiven by Him and are longer subject to punishment. It is important to point out that “legal declaration” in itself doesn’t mean that our internal nature changes and not even our character. Although Alex’s view of “letting go and letting God” can be a powerful way to live your life, it does not mean we are to be aloof and careless in protecting ourselves against temptations of the world. Being pro-active in our faith is important.

After justification there is sanctification. This process implies we are being set apart for God’s’ use. The Holy Spirit is predominately at work in the process of sanctification. Through God’s grace, the Holy Spirit renews us on a daily basis. It means we are to make a conscious choice to no longer love sin, be dead to it, and to stop and overcome patterns of behaviors that were sinful in our life. We are dead to sin and alive Christ. This should be our new mentality and our lives should show accordingly.

One of the greatest gift and resource we have to help us in this life is the Holy Spirit. He gives us strength when we need it. He gives us courage when we need it. He gives us wisdom, helps us make wise choices and speaks to us when He thinks we are making a wrong choice. He is our protector and teacher. He gives us guidance and direction. We must ask God The Father every morning to have His Spirit close to us for leading and guidance.

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24 Responses to "Spirit’s Help In Holy Living"

Hi Michelle,

Just checking in on you my sister. It has been a minute, but i pray all is well.

I know without a doubt that you are still holding on the the master’s hand.

God bless and I love you my sister.

Debra

Sorry it’s taken so long to reply. I don’t go on WordPress too much anymore. I’ve been good, just working mostly. How are you doing? Have a happy new year my friend and thank you for thinking of me! Many blessings to you!

Praying for you this thanksgiving morning. I pray now for your safety and your spirit. May the Spirit of thanksgiving fill you. I am thankful for you.

Hi Tom, thank you so much for thinking of me. I wish you a nice Thanksgiving too! God bless!

Hi.
An excellent post. Thank you for addressing an important life of a christian. We struggle with sin and we also have a responsibility. At the same time there needs to be a total reliance on His power.

Rolain.

Thank you so much! Sorry it took so long to respond. God bless you!

Girl….you are really smart!!!! Great job A++++++++

LOL Thank you sister! God bless!

Gosh there is so much to share with this Alex fellow 🙂
You did good… it would be easy to discourage him with a lot of critical thinking… ie, comparing him to the pharisee who said he was not like the sinner over there (who by the way was beating his breast and showing true repentance). ie, be careful lest you fall… pride and boasting is in Christ alone…
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so first off I would encourage Him in the joy He has found and then share what you have stated…Give confirmation where he is strong and correct, and then offer some gentle reminders where he will have to be steadfast …
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good job… Alex will be happy for your friendship 🙂

Thank you for your insight and feedback! Much appreciate and God bless you!

Hi Michele, thank you for sharing this message and it is True that without the empowering of the Holy Spirit we cannot put our flesh to death which causes us to sin ( see below ) and as the Scriptures confirm we no longer sin when we are Born again of God’s seed being perfected in Love and having The mind of Christ. 1Corinthians 2:9-16

The wonderful thing is that God is patient He does not want anyone to perish and He will rescue us and then as we walk in The fruit of the Spirit by His empowering, we are conformed into the image of Jesus, Holy and spotless, white and cleansed of all unrighteousness…. How good is that!

1 John 3 : 1-11 ( 9 ) No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Christian Love from both of us – Anne

Thank you Anne! God bless! 🙂

This is very well written and I think you will get and A. thank you for sharing it with the blogging world 🙂

Thank you so much! Many blessings to you! 🙂

This was very well put and so full of truth. I don’t know you but I am praying for you and the circumstances you face. I have been through much in my life as well and praying friends are very much needed. Thanks for your posts. You do an excellent job. Have a great day and God bless you fully.

Correna, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. You’re words touch my heart, and I am very sincere when I say that. It’s people like you, whom I’ve never met, that have a big impact on me when I most need it. Thank you sister and I look forward to exploring your sight. Many blessings to you! 🙂

You are so welcome. I enjoyed your site and will be following you and seeing what you’re up too. I love your courage and the posts you put up. Enjoy your day!

Thank you for sharing! Great response. How are you??

Hi Tom. Thanks for commenting. I’ve been okay, kinda. Been going through alot of trials and tribulations. I’ve had some very dark times recently but I’m coming out of them. Thanks for asking and I hope you’re doing well. 🙂

You have my email so please let me know if I can ever help you through the dark times. I have been an extremely busy season for my current vocation and have not been able to visit around. I did notice you hadn’t written in a while and wondered if you were OK. I am praying for you right now and pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide you. PLEASE don’t hesitate to reach out to me if I can pray for you. Praying that you find a local group you can share your life with. It has been a life saver for me!

Thank you Tom. You’re a good friend. I’ve had a hard time opening up about my recent fall but I’m slowing getting back up again and hope to share with you soon. Many blessings to you Tom. 🙂

Well said!! And good job on answering the question. 🙂

Oh thank you so much! I hope I get a good grade. lol Many blessings to you!

I’m sure you will. 🙂

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A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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