Yielding to the Spirit

girl sitting in the sunset

Spirit living means we let the Spirit guide our attitudes and conduct in every part of our lives. Self-control, love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, meekness,and gentleness — these qualities comprise that fruit we bear when we live by Him. This puts our God, our Savior, and His Spirit deep in my heart, guiding everything. I yield myself completely over to Him.

Changing Focus

This Spirit living does not take all challenges from our lives, but it does guide to set better goals, make better choices, and have better motivations in this life. This type of living also lets us give control over to our God, to stop worrying over the things of this life and lay them at the feet of our Lord. John 3:1-8 speaks of being born again in the Spirit. When we’re born again, that means we are a new person in Him.

When we live by the Spirit, our focus is above. That is how we obtain that peace that passes understanding. Psalm 118:8-9 reminds us it’s better to trust on the Lord than anyone else, and II Corinthians 5:6-7 speaks of our living by faith rather than sight. When we are focused on things above, He becomes our true guide. Then we give all over to Him, and He gives us peace and hope in return.

A Better Perspective

When we are looking beyond this world and its troubles, then we can keep our challenges in better perspective. Whatever our challenges, God is bigger. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust God with all of our heart and to stop leaning on our own reasoning. We need to be willing to allow God to direct us, in joy and sorrow, in peace and trials, in everything. We know He works for the good of those who love Him, and this comes by yielding to Him.

Galatians 5:16-18 records Paul’s desire to walk in the Spirit, and he describes a struggle between our flesh and the Spirit. We have to make a conscientious choice to live by the Spirit and to live by faith and love. It’s a civil war within our own minds, but we can overcome with God’s help. He can lift us above the chains of this life and deliver us to spiritual freedom.

Living for God makes it easier to make better choices in this life. Living for God helps us distance ourselves from sin. It’s not about making lists. Rather, this is a way of life. It is a transformation from one way of living to something completely new. Through Him, we have a power within us that can help us reach new levels of peace and hope, but we have to put that power to use through Spirit living. When we yield to His Spirit, we’re restored. We overcome. We’re made free in Christ. We’re made new.

lesson by Mark Ritter