by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday November 8, 2005
The Spirit's Work in Our Life
At salvation, the Holy Spirit gives us new life and sets us apart as children of the heavenly Father. While we are from then on God's family members, who bear His name, our character still reflects old habits, thought patterns, and priorities. We are infants who need instruction and guidance in order to become spiritually mature.
Our sanctification, which is the process of becoming like God's Son, is another aspect of the Holy Spirit's mission. He has been entrusted with the responsibility of teaching us the truths of Scripture as well as the ways we can apply biblical principles to our lives. He seeks to weed out ungodliness, to prune us for greater fruitfulness, and to encourage wise decision making. Through His efforts and our cooperation, we will please our Father and bear an ever-increasing resemblance to our Lord Jesus Christ. And not only are we called to exemplify Christlike character; we are also summoned to a life of active service in accordance with God's plan for our life. It is for this purpose that we were made new creations in Christ (Ephesians 2:10). The Spirit's mission, in fact, has another component: to reveal the work the Father has planned for us and to provide what we need in order to accomplish it.
How can you know that God's Spirit is working in your life? Look for evidences of spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23), deeper understanding of Scripture, and effective service for the kingdom. Salvation, sanctification, and service are all under the authority of the Holy Spirit. Are you yielding to His control?