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The Holy Spirit and Christian Living

The Holy Spirit has a continuing work called sanctification. The progressive work of sanctification helps believers become more Christ-like and free from sin in their actual lives. John Stott says the following about the realism of sanctification, “One of the major purposes of Holy Spirit’s indwelling of his people is to change or sanctify them.” God’s Old Testament promise “I will put my Spirit in you” continued and move you to my decrees and be careful to keep my laws (Ezek. 36:27). There is a struggle between flesh and Spirit within the life of the Christian. The Apostle Paul makes mentioned of this inner conflict in Galatians 5 and Romans 8. The believer encounters desires sometimes that maybe contrary to the purpose of God. This is when the believer must rely on the Holy Spirit’s guidance to overcome fleshly desires. The believer must walk by the Spirit living in conscious reliance on Him to enable the believer to choose what is right. The believer is commanded to be filled with the Spirit (controlled or influenced by) the Spirit (Eph. 5:18-21). The believer should be determined to allow the Holy Spirit to do His work (Rom. 8:5-6). The believer should be led by the Spirit by putting to death the deeds of the body (Rom. 8:14). The Holy Spirit illuminates the Word of God for the believer (I Cor. 2:14). The Holy Spirit produces the “fruit of the Spirit” in the life of a believer (Gal. 5:16-21). The “fruit of the Spirit” is Christ-like character that the Holy Spirit produces in the life of a believer.

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