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THE SPIRIT IN EVERY DAY LIVING After believers accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, it is important that their lives be completely surrendered towards a life of total obedience to the Lord, His will, word and ways. This can only be possible by allowing the Holy Spirit to lead them in their everyday living. The book of Acts is a good guidance on this. It shows that Paul and his fellow evangelists were filled, and kept on being filled with joy and the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52). Paul’s writings also show that the Holy Spirit was just as real and personal to him as Jesus was. He recognized the important place the Spirit had in the ministry, in the church, and in the lives of individual believers. He also gave definite teaching concerning the Holy Spirit and His gifts, especially in Romans, 1 st Corinthians and Ephesians. In teaching the Gentile converts, Paul warned them not to put out (quench) the Spirit’s fire. This can evidently be seen in Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. The call to a holy life dedicated to God’s will and way is in line with the nature of God as well as the holy nature of the Spirit. He is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s fire could be put out by sexual immorality, or, a wrong attitude of treating prophesies with contempt or arrogance. Therefore, Paul taught that the Gentile converts were to abstain from sexual sins (1 st Thessalonians 4:3). They were also not to reject all prophecies for fear that some might be false, but instead they were to put these prophesies to test. The bad were to be rejected, and the good to be held fast. The Spirit is received through faith. The book of Galatians was written in the heat of Paul’s battle with the Judaizers. Paul was surprised at the Galatians. How could these new converts listen to people who wanted to make their salvation depend on their own efforts? What value did they see
in keeping the law and following current Jewish customs? Jesus had been publicly portrayed as the crucified one. That had been and was to remain sufficient for their salvation. When we receive the Holy Spirit by faith, we are able to cry out Abba, Father . This is because we are made sons of God, and because all the promised blessings of sonship now belong to us, “God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘ Abba Father’” (Galatians 4:6; Romans 8:15). This sending of the Spirit is clearly the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Paul distinctly makes the fact that they are sons the ground for sending the Spirit. Therefore, we are to live by the Spirit who points us to a better hope and righteousness, and not entertain the works of sinful nature. It takes living by the Spirit to have victory over the desires and impulses of the sinful nature. The works of the sinful nature are not possible if we are being led by the Spirit. If they appear, it means we have stopped living by the Spirit; we have turned

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