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Here is a quick look at Christian Spirituality.
When this happens, the believer gives control to the holy spirit to take control of him/her.
The real test of Christian Spirituality is based on the extent to which a person allows the Holy Spirit to lead and control their life.
Being filled with the Christian Spirit is merely allowing the Holy Spirit to control us rather than yielding to the desires of our own sinful nature.
In this passage, Paul is making a comparison. When someone is controlled by wine, he is drunk and exhibits specific characteristics such as slurred speech, unsteady walk, and impaired decision making.
A born-again believer who is controlled by the Holy Spirit will display His characteristics of love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
We find those characteristics in Galatians 5:22-23 where they are called the "fruit of the Spirit." This is true Christian spirituality, produced by the Spirit working in and through the believer.
Christian spirituality involves a choice we make to "know and grow" in our daily relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ by submitting to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
A born-again believer who is controlled by the Holy Spirit will exhibit sound speech, a consistent spiritual walk, and decision making based on the Word of God.
When we submit to the Spirit's ministry, our relationship is not interrupted (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
Christian spirituality is a consciousness of fellowship with the Spirit of Christ, uninterrupted by lust and sin.
Christian spirituality develops when a born-again believer makes a consistent and ongoing choice to surrender to the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Summary: When we grieve the Spirit by sin (Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 1:5-8), we erect a barrier between ourselves and God. Are there barriers holding you back? What is your spiritual mindset? Let us hear from you!
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