January 13
The Power of the Holy Spirit

Galatians 5:22-26

The Holy Spirit is vital to the Christian life. Read about the fruit of the Spirit in today's passage, and ask, Can I be such a good person on my own? We need divine intervention to live as God expects. That's why He gives each believer a Helper, whose job is to produce Christ-like character.

The heavenly Father knows that His children need assistance to comply with His commands. Even Jesus Christ's most faithful followers were, on their own, helpless to obey—for instance, Peter, who pledged to be loyal until death, denied even knowing Christ (Matt. 26:69-75).

Just before returning to heaven, Jesus ordered the disciples to put their missionary work on hold until the Holy Spirit arrived (Luke 24:49). Only with the Spirit's aid could Peter the Coward become Peter the Rock and preach a challenging sermon that convicted many (Acts 2).

The Holy Spirit enters a believer's life at the moment of salvation and immediately sets about the work of producing spiritual fruit. This is the outward expression of a transformed heart. When we yield to God's nurturing hand, our actions and attitudes become more loving, more joyful, more kind, more gentle,  . . . He reaps a harvest of service from our life—good works that grow our own faith and expand His kingdom.

Allowing the Holy Spirit to bring forth Christlike character is not passive. Our part is to meditate upon the Bible so that we can identify righteous qualities. Then, instead of satisfying our flesh, we must make wise decisions each day that allow the Spirit to develop godliness in our life. 

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