Week of September 24

God In You

What Does He Want?

Day 1: Read Galatians 5:16-25. The Holy Spirit’s desire is that we keep in step with Him. This passage tells us to “let the Holy Spirit guide your lives”. It goes on to say, “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” He wants to guide us and lead us in the way we should go. This is ongoing, continuous, day by day and moment by moment. To illustrate, in the show “Dancing with the Stars”, a celebrity is paired up with a professional in a dance competition. The goal is for the celebrity to learn from, follow along with, and to keep in step with the professional dancer. If you put two celebrities up against two professionals, it would be no contest. But when the celebrities are matched up with professionals, they have potential for growth and success to turn into a beautiful dancer because they learned to follow. Likewise, God has provided us with a ‘professional’ to come alongside of us (actually to live inside of us) to be our guide in life.  How well do you follow the Holy Spirit’s lead in your life? Or have you believed that we are just supposed to do this dance of life by ourselves?  If this is a new thought for you, what would it look like to have a guide leading you?  

 

Day 2: Read Galatians 5:17, 22; John 15:4. We struggle with this internal conflict between what we want (my flesh) vs. what the Spirit wants.  How do we know what the Spirit wants? Look at the life of Jesus. Look at how He lived and what He taught. John 15:4 describes Jesus remaining in the Father. Remain involves surrender, submission, and yielding of ourselves. It’s giving up control and staying inside the boundaries God has set for you.  As we remain we will undergo a change that the Holy Spirit produces: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The Spirit will not lead us in a way that is contradictory of Jesus. Are you striving to understand what the Spirit wants in your life? What area in your life has it been difficult to surrender? Why is it so hard to yield to the Spirit?    

Day 3: Read Galatians 5:25-26. Picture a dancing couple linked arm in arm. This demonstrates is a beautiful metaphor of us as believers being in sync with the Holy Spirit. In the movie “Cinderella” we watch the prince and Cinderella dancing together as something beautiful to watch. The prince smoothly and effortlessly led Cinderella around the dance floor. I, on the other hand, have never been a good dancer. I always step on my partner’s feet and lean in a wayward direction. Totally frustrating. The more in sync we are with the Holy Spirit, the less effort required to follow and the better we know Him. It becomes natural for us to follow like a habit. To keep in step with the Spirit means to learn how to follow His lead. If you are new at this or are out of practice, it will feel awkward. What is something you do to help you to follow the Spirit? Is there a practical way that you could practice following?  

 

Day 4: Read Ephesians 5:15-18. This passage instructs us to not be drunk with wine, but instead to be filled with the Spirit. The issue at hand here is influence. The Spirit desires to be the primary influence in our lives. When one is drunk on wine, it’s influence becomes evident to others. When one is filled with the Spirit, the Spirit’s influence becomes evident to others. For a follower of Jesus, the question is not, ‘Do I have the Spirit?’, but ‘Does the Spirit have me?’ Take some time to pray allowing yourself to be influenced by the Spirit. Consider the rest of your day as you pray. Ask the Spirit to be the primary influence in the different parts of your day. 

 

Day 5: Read John 14. Remember that the Spirit is our ‘Advocate’.  That He is for us. Synonyms for advocate are champion, supporter, backer, promoter. The Holy Spirit is our champion. He at times prays and pleads with us on our own behalf! As a follower of Jesus our purpose is to become like Him. The Holy Spirit will continually champion that effort in our lives. At every place where I am not like Jesus, the Spirit will be advocating for transformation. On Sunday nights, LSCC students (grades 7-12) are learning about habits. Good habits and bad habits. If you have a student in your house, have a conversation about good and bad habits. Share with your student (or with a friend) a habit that you’d like to work into your life that would allow you to hear and respond to the Holy Spirit.  

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