In praise of the Holy Spirit. A recurring theme in this series of blogs paying tribute to the oft-neglected, oft-misunderstood Third Person in the Trinity. Today’s blog is a compilation of Scripture passages on the Holy Spirit. Passages that teach of His glorious, limitless power to enable believers to live holy lives.
PRAISE FOR DELIVERANCE FROM LUSTS OF THE FLESH
For me, it all began with the “Galatians 5:16 Revelation” in the Fall of 2017. I had read the verse many times. But this time it hit me in a way unlike any other. God has promised that all who choose to walk in the Spirit will be empowered to fully overcome the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
What? Eradication of all lusts of the flesh? Is that really possible? I had experienced much spiritual growth in my first 29 years as a born-again follower of Jesus Christ. I had memorized over 700 verses of Scripture, sung in choir, and taught an occasional ABF class. Even wrote a book on Christian apologetics. But lusts of the flesh had still not been completely eradicated. Had I perhaps overlooked something? Had I perhaps overlooked Someone? Review of other familiar Bible passages on the Holy Spirit soon followed.
[for my review of five (5) additional Bible passages that heap even more praise upon the Holy Spirit, see the full blog at www.wileygrafbooks.com/news/praise-the-holy-spirit-v2]
Yes, eradication of all lusts of the flesh really is possible. As of this writing (February 2023), this sexually healthy, single Christian male has not “acted out” sexually for 100% of days over the most recent 47 months. All credit and praise to the Holy Spirit, and His inner-working power to deliver believers from lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
GOOD NEWS FOR THE BELIEVER STILL STRUGGLING TO FULLY OVERCOME AN ADDICTION
The Bible repeatedly teaches that it is not so unusual to have a few sins that require the help of the Holy Spirit Helper to eradicate. Good news indeed for the genuinely born-again believer still struggling to fully overcome an addiction. Dear reader, your situation is at times agonizing. But it is not hopeless. You may need to do nothing more than learn how to step up the degree to which you “walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16).
A GAME-CHANGING BOOK HAS ARRIVED
In A Way of Escape, readers learn how to step up the degree to which they “walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16). They learn how to build a library of Spirit-anointed, flesh-diffusing apps. Apps that are uniquely fitted to them, and their unique Spirit-filling triggers.
The still-struggling now have another option. The still-struggling now have fresh hope for discovering that long-sought-after way of escape from sin and temptation (I Corinthians 10:13). A way that—because it is wholly Spirit-powered—does not require enlisting the aid of an accountability partner or group. Truly, a game-changer!