There are a lot of pretend Christians in churches today. They know the language, they can put on their Sunday clothes, but deep down inside they are filled with sin and despair. They are depressed and never satisfied. They are empty and always in want. They do not understand why people can be joyful in the midst of trials and tribulation.
What is missing? THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Only true born again believers will have God’s Spirit within them leading them and convicting them. Often, I will have people tell me, preacher, I am saved and it does not bother me when I do certain things. I think it is ok to live with someone outside of marriage and God has not convicted me it is wrong. I don’t have time for church because I am so busy and the Holy Spirit never convicts me when I am home on Sunday morning watching my TV. I take things from work like pencils and toilet paper, but God has never one time convicted me.
WOW. Better be careful. That attitude may well mean the Holy Spirit does not live in you.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Paul shared with us in Romans 7 the struggle that takes place within every believer.
Romans 7: 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Paul grieved over his sin. He struggled just like we do. In Romans 7 Paul gives the answer for victory. Submission to the Holy Spirit of God.
Prayer: Father, help me to submit to Your Holy Spirit and my submission influence someone else to follow after You, I pray in Jesus’ name. amen.
Verse for today –
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?