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1 The Helper A Study of the Holy Spirit by Catherine Marshall Part -3: Chapters 1-7 How the Helper meets my everyday needs 1

2 Resources I am not an expert on The Spirit or “The Helper” How can anyone fully know and understand an infinite and All-knowing God? I hope the study on the thoughts of Catherine Marshall along with my thoughts and comments, added Bible References and links to other sources will help you have a better relationship and understanding with Father God the creator, Jesus Christ His son and our redeemer, and the Holy Spirit, “our Helper” who sustains us. Send me your thoughts, comments, ideas or materials and I will try to add your thoughts and comments as I can work them into this study. 2

3 III – How the Helper meets my everyday needs 1) He saves me time page 89 2) He guides my actions page 93 3) He protects me page 97 4) He is with me in everyday situations Page 101 5) He is my “Remembrancer” page 104 6) He gives me new desires page 109 7) He changes my undesirable habit patterns page 113 3

4 Ephisians 4:1-15 Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ 4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions [ 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 4

5 Gifts of the Spirit 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11 no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. 5

6 III – How the Helper meets my everyday needs 1) He saves me time page 89 “We are inclined to resist the Spirit’s inner nudges because we suspect that what God wants “For our own Good” we be about as welcomed as castor oil” Remember, God loves You! It is to our intelligent self-interest to become sensitive to the Helper’s loving directions. When you learn to listen to the Spirit, he will keep you from doing things that waste time and are contrary to His Will or not in your “best” interest. 6

7 Listen to the Spirit Urges Promptings Uneasiness Stops Road Blocks or Stepping Stones 7

8 Page 91: We need the practice of daily experimentation in hearing the Spirit’s voice. Since not all inner desires, urgings, or even voices are from God. 8

9 Testing the Spirit 1) Will never ask you to anything dishonest, impure, unloving or selfish in the sense that it hurts another 2) Will never contradict Scripture 3) Validate with another believer 4) Validate with “the Gift of Discerning of Spirits” Learn to recognize the Helper’s voice Nothing will so strengthen our faith and convince us of the tender love of God and of His concern for even the minutia of our lives as this daily walk in the Spirit. 9

10 3.1 Helpful Reading Acts 10: While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. 18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there. 19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three [ men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.” 21 Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?” 22 The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.” 23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. Peter at Cornelius’s House The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 10

11 Helpful Reading Acts 27: Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement. So Paul warned them, 10 “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” 11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. 11

12 Other Resources outlines/content?topic=the_power_of_a_discerning_spirit_sermon_outline By Dr. Charles Stanley Watch The Power of a Discerning Spirit video. Scripture: Psalm 119:66 Introduction: Do you have trouble discerning between good and evil? Are you unsure if you are hearing God’s voice or your own? The reason we find it difficult to understand the Father’s will is because we lack spiritual discernment, the ability to see beyond our circumstances. This is why King David prayed, “Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments” (Ps. 119:66). This petition must echo in our lives as well. Discernment is essential to... A. Understand God’s will. B. Distinguish truth from error. C. Avoid being deceived by sin. D. Differentiate between good and best. E. Distinguish between legalism and liberty. F. Recognize when God is speaking. G. Receive Godly counsel. 12

13 III – How the Helper meets my everyday needs 2) He guides my actions page 93 Antioch: This city was one of the most corrupt in the Roman Empire: Corruption, Poverty, Gross sins Paul and Barnabas ministry- A flickering light in the great pagan city! Who do we send out for Missionary work? Who is best suited for starting a new church? In this chapter, Caroline Marshall does a focus on PHYSICAL Action to GO when Called and no so much on the Spiritual actions of a Holy body and Godly living. 13

14 John 16: 7-15 Jesus will send us the Helper 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 1 3 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” 14

15 3.2 Another Resource He Guides My Actions archive/content/topic/knowing_the_voice_of_god#.UzCAHctOV7c The Guidance of the Holy Spirit - By Dr. Charles Stanley How does the Holy Spirit guide us? How much does He control our actions? Does He still speak to believers, or was personal communication only for Biblical times? God does not want us to be confused about this vital area. In talking to His disciples about the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, "When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come" ( JOHN 16:13 ) JOHN 16:13 15

16 Acts 13:1-5 1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. 4 The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper. 16

17 Hands and Feet Page: 95: If God is to use us as His hands and feet and voice, it is just as necessary for Him to guide us geographically as in any other way. It DOES matter to God where we are at any given time. We need to serve where God has placed us. We each have a Ministry that God has prepared for us and equipped us for with HIS Gifts. Bloom where you are planted! 17

18 1 Corinthians 7: 6-7, 17, 20 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7 I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. 17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them. 18

19 Spirit Guide page 95 The Spirit cannot guide us, however, as long as we insist on finding our own way. John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. John 10:27-28 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 19

20 Romans 10:14-15 Isaiah 52:7 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” 20

21 God tells you to go Genesis 12:1-20: The L ORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; Jonah 3:1-10: Then the word of the L ORD came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the L ORD and went to Nineveh 21

22 3.2 Helpful Reading Acts 8:26-30 Philip and the Ethiopian 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea. 22

23 III – How the Helper meets my everyday needs 3) He protects me page 97 2 Samuel 22: 1-3 David’s Song of Praise 22 David sang to the L ORD the words of this song when the L ORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. 2 He said: “The L ORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; 3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me. Psalm 18:2 2 The L ORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 144:2 2 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. 23

24 He protects me Psalm 91:2 I will say of the L ORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the L ORD our God. 24

25 He protects me (Protected the Magi and Jesus) Matthew 2: And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. The Escape to Egypt 13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt 25

26 He protects me (page 97) If we were willing to accept the Spirit’s help and to listen to His voice, many of the evils, difficulties, and accidents that befall us would be avoided. I believe this to be an important answer to the question so often asked, “How could a loving God allow such-and-such a dreadful calamity to happen?” BE CAREFUL ABOUT RELATING BAD THINGS AND LACK OF “FAITH” in the same sentence! “Bad things happen to good people!” 26

27 God Speaks Do we listen? We need to ponder the important interplay between man’s free will and the Spirit’s mission to guide and protect us. (page 98) Luke 13:1-10: Repent or Perish 13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” 27

28 He protects me Divine intervention Angels Warnings Users (god wants us to be involved in His work!) Protects some, but not others? Page 99: at the moment of being “Born again”, each of us if given the ears in our spirit to enable us to hear His voice. BUT, until we have received the infilling of the Spirit we cannot process the message. WE NEED TO PRACTICE LISTENING AND OBEYING AND BE PREPARED TO HEAR HIS DIRECTIONS FOR CRISIS SITUATIONS. (What about listening in everyday situations?!) 28

29 3.3 Helpful Reading Acts 16:6-7 Paul’s Vision of the Man of Macedonia 6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. Acts 22: “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance 18 and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’ 19 “‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. 20 And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’ 21 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ” 29

30 III – How the Helper meets my everyday needs 4) He is with me in everyday situations Page 101 Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 30

31 What can you really control? While we think we are in control and handle everyday situations, in reality, there is very little that we can control. 2 Corinthians 12:9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 31

32 Matthew 11: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 32

33 Work “Smarter”, Not harder Page 102 – Some of the Spirit’s help is also aimed at releasing us from many of the time consuming details of daily life – not to make us lazy, but so hat we can be free to take on more important tasks for Him and to help other people. “When we allow the Spirit to move through us to the needs of others, we are going to be so busy as sorely to need the Spirit's very practical help.” 33

34 Practical Advice Slow down – Take a death breath Think about what you are doing Sleep on it Ask Others PRAY! Matthew 6:28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 34

35 3.4 Helpful Readings Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 17:24-27 The Temple Tax 24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two- drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” 25 “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” 26 “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four- drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” 35

36 III – How the Helper meets my everyday needs 5) He is my “Remembrancer” page 104 John 14:26: But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. The BIBLE is not all compressive in what it has recorded. There is so much that IS NOT told to us. John 21:25: Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. 36

37 Calling on the Spirit When I asked Him for this help and then released the problem from my mind, usually not immediately, but within hours, the Helper would deliver the answer. Luke 21: “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. Helper, Give me wisdom in what to say! 37

38 3.5 Helpful Reading 1 John 2: As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life. 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. God’s Children and Sin 28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him. 38

39 III – How the Helper meets my everyday needs 6) He gives me new desires page Corinthians 3:18 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. The Helper can indeed change our desires, tastes and habit patterns. 39

40 Romans 8: For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 12:2 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 40

41 Ephesians 4: Helpful reading 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 41

42 Colossians 3 Living as Those Made Alive in Christ 3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 42

43 III – How the Helper meets my everyday needs 7) He changes my undesirable habit patterns page 113 Matthew 3:11 11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Romans 6:4 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 43

44 Jesus as the Baptizer We have addressed this issue earlier: When Jesus was Here, he did indeed tell people that another is yet to come. But, after Jesus Left, the Spirit was still here to do the work for all who repent and call on the name of Jesus, The Spirit will be given. Galatians 2: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” 44

45 Galatians 5: Life by the Spirit Helpful Reading 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. 45

46 Your tastes will change as you focus on what is pleasing to the Spirit! People often say,, “I will change” and then come to God – But that is impossible – You must come to God and He will transform you from within. You cannot give up “SIN” until you are convicted of what sin is – And it is the Spirit that shows you what is Holy and true. God deals with each person differently, in HIS time. Jesus said for me to come JUST AS I AM 46

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