The Holy Spirit of God is a gift that is given to all who have trusted in Jesus Christ. Apart from the power of the Holy Spirit of God who dwells in the life of every believer, it is impossible to live a life of obedience to God. Only those who surrender to the control of the Holy Spirit will experience freedom from the control of sin and the flesh.
In Romans 8, Paul explains our need for the Holy Spirit:
First, the Spirit of God is given to us to ensure our liberty and victory from sin (see Romans 8:1-4). Even the most valiant soldiers are vulnerable to spiritual injury and discouragement. You might become overwhelmed and feel defeated if you rely on your own strength. Instead, remember who dwells within you. Stop and say, “Spirit of God, I surrender to you,” and He will help you flee temptation and rise above fear.
God the Father does not force His children to obey Him; He seeks willing obedience. When you are genuinely submissive to the Spirit of God, He will supernaturally reshape and redirect you, leading you into conformity to His will.
Second, the Spirit of God is given to every believer as a guarantee and a seal (see Romans 8:14-17). We cannot be adopted by God without having God’s name and all the power that comes with that name. As children of God, we are co-heirs with Christ, which means we will not only be equipped with His power to overcome in the present, but we will also share in His glory for eternity. The Holy Spirit is not only God’s seal of ownership on our lives, but also the reminder of our eternal destination.
Third, the Spirit of God turns your groans into glory (see Romans 8:22-25). Paul said, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Whatever problem you are facing today that is making you groan, He is turning your groaning into glory. All the pain and all the hurt and all the suffering and all the agony, all the disappointment and all the dashed hopes and shattered dreams, all the insults and all the rejection, are all nothing when it comes to the Father’s glory that you will one day inherit. You can’t even begin to compare them.
Rest and rejoice in the Truth that the Spirit of God is giving you the ultimate victory, He is guaranteeing and sealing your adoption, and He is turning your groaning into glory.
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