The sixth in a series of 16 “blog bites” answering anticipated objections to material set forth in A Way of Escape, i.e., the sixth in a series of 16 “blog bites” answering anticipated FAQs.

OBJECTION #6 (of 16)

The grounded believer cries out, “I have morning devotions. And so do most of my believer-friends. Why do you claim in your book that most believers have only passive relationships with the Holy Spirit?”


Yes, morning devotions, if they involve reading of the Spirit-inspired Scriptures and prayer, certainly do engage the Holy Spirit. But not to the degree necessary for the addict, as described in A Way of Escape.

The addict’s brain is defective and in need of repair. For the mind to renew, the limbic system must be regularly accessed, and the brain reprogrammed. When the flesh mounts an attack, and the addict’s response is a morning-devotion-typical “words-only” prayer or memory verse, the result is predictably bad. Why? Because, at best, these only lightly engage the brain’s limbic system. But if the stepped-up counterattack combines words with spiritually-and-emotionally-charged imagery, the brain is engaged in a much more powerful way, and the flesh can be repelled.

(for a lengthier discussion of most believer’s generally passive relationship with the Holy Spirit, see the full blog at


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.

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

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!