Hey if you thought that being a Christian was an easy thing, then you are most definitely wrong, ma cherie and I once thought as you do young Skywalker, but make no mistake, I do not any longer.
Being a Christian is not easy, because we still have a sinful nature inside us. It because blatantly easy for us to sin because of that. What makes all believers of Christ different is that we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit inside us.
Galatians 5:17-18 says “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.”
Before these two verses is Galatians 5:16 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
So, believers have both the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and their sinful nature and the reason why 5:16 says to walk by the Spirit (or walk in the Spirit) in some versions, because the Spirit of God in us and the Sinful Nature (flesh) are contrary to each other. They don’t get along. So, how we operate in our day-to-day living is going to feed either the Spirit or the Flesh.
You’re probably saying, “Why do you have to feed the Spirit?” You again have the sinful nature that is trying to take control and when you let it take control, then the Holy Spirit in us takes a back seat until we decided to let him do what he needs to do to keep us in alignment and in fellowship with God.
This is why we’re not to quench or grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thes 5:19) or we’ll walk right into Satan’s trap and not allow the Holy Spirit to reveal himself by aiding and guiding us to the right path.
How do we quench or grieve the Spirit?
Basically, acting against God’s word. Whether it be lying, stealing, killing, any type of sexual activity outside of marriage. Let’s also add being nasty to people and cussing. When we become obsessive with things that can take us away from serving God.
Well, how to we feed the Spirit?
Our spiritual food is in the bible (our employee handbook as my mom’s BFF always said). Anything we need, anything we have trouble understanding is right there in the word of God. And you know the thing about the word of God is that, it’s everlasting. It’ll always stand and win out, because it’s true and it’s without error.
There are other ways to also feed the Spirit. Praying, serving, and worshipping God and it can be done anywhere. They have phone apps, websites, and podcast where you can listen to the word or sermons in the car or at work, on the plane, anywhere 24/7. If you look at my iPod, the majority of music is praise and worship, gospel, Christian rock, etc.
I haven’t said how we feed the flesh, because that comes natural to each human being, because we were born with that nature.
It’s natural to lie, steal, and to kill. It’s natural to act against the word of God. But when you are in Christ, you not only have the indwelling Spirit of God convicting you of what you have done that is against God, but you also have a reaction that will become just as natural, because you will know that you have offended God and you must make things right by confession and repenting of that sin that was committed.
I know I equate sinning as like being an addict, because sinning is addictive. It’s like drinking a Pepsi. I’m not suppose to really have it, because I’m a diabetic, but it taste so good from the time my lips is on the bottle to the time it goes down my throat. I love Pepsi and if you let me, I can drink it all day, everyday. It’s just that little problem of my blood sugars being so high that I can go into complications of having diabetes that can be deadly.
(oh my I want one now)
So, just examine your day-to-day activities more clearly. Do you including God in anything? How you do get your spiritual food for the day?
Until next time and be safe,