How are you doing walking in the Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is not a leader like the pace car in the Daytona 500 that you are trying to catch up to. The Holy Spirit is like an engine on a train that you are actually hooked up to. If you are making Biblical choices to live the way God wants you to live, you’ll stay connected to the Holy Spirit.
The question you must answer daily is, will you choose to stay connected to the Spirit’s direction for your life, or will you choose to unhook yourself from the engine and go your own way?
So, what are the ways you unhook yourself from the destinations God has planned for you? You unhook yourself from the Holy Spirit by choosing to do the opposite of what the Holy Spirit would have you do. When you make unbiblical choices, you are no longer pulled along by the Holy Spirit; you become your own engine pulled along by your sinful desires. When you go your own willful way, what does your behavior look like? It looks like the opposite of the fruits of the Spirit.
Instead of love, you choose to be angry.
Instead of joy, you choose sadness or constant negativity.
Instead of peace, you choose worry or anxiety.
Instead of patience, you choose impatience.
Instead of gentleness, you choose harshness.
Instead of goodness, you choose immorality.
Instead of faithfulness, you choose to be undependable
Instead of kindness, you choose selfishness.
Instead of self-control, you choose to be undisciplined.
All these choices unhook you from the engine of the Holy Spirit that pulls you in the direction God wants for your life. In our weakness, all of us have sinned against the Holy Spirit and have unhooked ourselves from his direction. To be restored to the power of the Holy Spirit, we must learn the discipline of confession. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).
Have you been destructively angry, negative, worried, impatient, harsh, immoral, undependable, selfish, undisciplined? Ask for God’s forgiveness and make amends with others you’ve hurt to get back on track.
Submitted and written by The Rev. Douglas Stull, pastor for Shepherd of the Valley United Brethren Church.