Discussion 7

Bless it be the name of the Lord, my dear readers! I’m so sorry for the late post and seventh question. I pray that you all are having a blessed week so far. Okay, I’m going to get right into it. I’ve always believed that receiving the Holy Spirit was my life mission, and blessed advice was given to me. The advice was for me to not be content until I receive the promise. Now, I assumed that the promise is the Holy Spirit, so I made it my mission to strive and work hard for it. Who has to work so hard to receive God’s Holy Spirit? He didn’t make it hard, nor do we have to go through so much in order to receive it. Yes, the devil will be on you, tempting you in every way by using whatever you’re weak at. Nevertheless, it only takes a made-up mind. A made-up mind to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. A made-up mind to confess your sins before the Lord, repent, and turn from your sinful ways. Surrendering and giving yourself away to the Holy Spirit will help God change you. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a done deal for you. It doesn’t mean you have a solid place in God’s kingdom. Why? Well, the Holy Spirit has to be evident, and speaking in tongues doesn’t give clear evidence.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Now that our sins have been washed away by water and the blood of Christ, we are no longer our old selves. We’ve been changed by the Spirit of God. No longer are we weaklings, but we have power over the devil’s temptations, and we have work to do. No longer are we a part of this world. As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are foreigners and have accepted the duty to walk in the Spirit. We have a job to do to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we should not be content until we receive the promise of the Tree of Life. God’s Holy Spirit changes us in mighty good ways. Being filled with the Holy Spirit allows me to hate sin, and the times that I slip (let’s face it, we’re still human, and it happens), guilt takes over, and I get that sudden drive to repent nonstop. There is so much evidence that distinguishes the Holy Spirit in a person. King Jesus talks about knowing a person by their fruits in Matthew 7:16-20. There are people claiming to have the Holy Spirit, but the fruit of their actions shows totally something different. So, my question is, what are the fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5, and are they evidence of God’s Holy Spirit? God bless!

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