Our Spiritual Muscles

As a believer, you have God’s Spirit in you to help you be holy; work to obey the Spirit’s guidance

Our Spiritual Muscles
We Have Spiritual Muscles – Part VI

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:6-21

Key Verses: Hebrews 13:20-21
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Let’s follow up on the last statement from yesterday’s devotional: God’s power gives us “holy intentions”.

No matter how spiritual a person is, no matter how much they pray and read their Bible, they still fail to be perfect in every way. The key to understanding God’s holiness in us is that our failures are unintentional.

This does not mean that we cannot fail intentionally… unfortunately, we do at times and then need to seek God’s forgiveness.

However, for those of us who have turned to Jesus and invited Him into our lives, intentional failures grow more seldom each day that we walk with Him. God’s Spirit in us makes us holy the moment He comes into our lives. The outward expression of our holiness shows up more and more as we learn to listen to the Spirit and obey that voice.

The Apostle Paul put it this way, in Galatians 5:25:

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

The New Living Translation expresses this verse a little differently:

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. (Galatians 5:25 NLT)

Whichever translation you like, both are saying the same thing to us believers. Since we have God’s Spirit in us to help us be holy, we must work to obey and follow the Spirit’s guidance to holy living.

The good news is that God sees the inner holy work that His power accomplishes in us, even though we cannot. However, we can detect new desires which point to God’s love and work in us. Interestingly, the Bible reminds us that even our desires for holy living are God-given:

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 2:13 NLT)

So, once again we are back to the fact that God does all the heavy lifting in getting us ready for heaven; we simply follow in obedience! But do not forget, even in our failures, Jesus advocates for us (1 John 2:1).

Father, I praise You for creating in me a holy intentional life. With Your help, I will keep in step with Your Spirit in me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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