It is not enough for us to have the Spirit; the Spirit must have us! Only then can He share with us the abundant, victorious life that can be ours in Christ. We have no obligation to the flesh, because the flesh has only brought trouble into our lives.
We do have an obligation to the Holy Spirit, for it is the Spirit who convicted us, revealed Christ to us, and imparted eternal life to us when we trusted Christ. Because He is “the Spirit of Life,” He can empower us to obey Christ, and He can enable us to be more like Christ.
But He is also the Spirit of death. He can enable us to “put to death” (mortify) the sinful deeds of the body. As we yield the members of our bodies to the Spirit, He applies to us and in us the death and resurrection of Christ. He puts to death the things of the flesh, and He reproduces the things of the Spirit. Does the Spirit have you?
Scripture to remember: “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
Other Scripture: Romans 6:12-17; 8:1-17; Ephesians 1:12-14.
Action assignment: Commit yourself to the Holy Spirit and make a point of talking to Him frequently during the next several hours.
WARREN W. WIERSBE