Online Devotions Java 40: A Tug of War Inside You – the Inner Conflict

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Your online barista here with another java about living with the Holy Spirit living in you.  It’s a devotional about the third person in the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.

Let’s save the more profound theologies for a later study and focus on the practical reality of the Spirit of God living in you.  That’s right, he’s inside you if you are a believer.

Did you ever wonder what he is doing inside you?  Well, one of the main things he does is to push you towards holiness.  And when he pushes, it is our job to sense his work in us and respond to him.

The Bible says in Galatians 5:16-17 “Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.”

inner conflictNotice that the word “Spirit” is capitalized.  Scholars have done the homework for us, noting that it is the Holy Spirit of God and
not our spirit in this passage.  Now, it is true that our own spirit and our own sinful nature can be in conflict, but that’s another Bible study!

This quiet time is about the very Spirit of God engaged in a conflict inside us to help us become more holy.  And he does this by spiritually influencing our minds and hearts.  For example, he will challenge us to think twice about decisions by bringing to mind the holy word.  Other times, he will help us recall godly principles to help us with our decisions.  And when we are spiritually weak, he can provide strength for us.  And when we are broken down, he can provide the assurance of his love and forgiveness.  Of course, there is so much more.

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