By Don Gentry
In my sermon yesterday, I talked about my book that I am trying to complete and how it is all about the Holy Spirit’s interaction in our daily lives. As we bring this series to a conclusion I want to take an excerpt directly from my upcoming book on the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is trying to get us to come into complete surrender to God. I used to think complete surrender was done through discipline like “hard work discipline,” but it is done through trust in God’s discipline and there is no discipline that seems pleasant. God’s discipline is different; His discipline brings freedom.
“For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. But when you are directed by the Holy Spirit, you are no longer subject to the law.”
Galatians 5:13-18 (NLT)