As believers we are taught the Holy Spirit is our counselor. The Spirit resides in us as an amazing gift from God to enable us not only to feel His presence in our lives, but to assist us in our journey of spiritual transformation.
But if God is in us, why do we continue to struggle with a sinful nature? Why do we continue to suffer from shame? Let’s examine several reasons.
- We are victims of past trauma and have been hard-wired by others and circumstances that negatively influenced our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. This leads to sinful behavior if we do not take the steps necessary to reshape our distorted worldviews and develop new and healthy ways of thinking.
- Our flesh and will are weak. Our bodies and minds are sin factories that lead us to act in ways we know are wrong and inappropriate. This is especially evident during those times when we are emotionally, mentally, spiritually or physically drained. “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15
- We neglect to reflect daily on the Fruit of the Spirit, which are designed to soften our harden hearts. We don’t practice the Spiritual attributes that we should be mirroring to others. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23
- We refuse to tap into the Holy Spirit and let Him take full control of our lives. We allow our fears to run our lives, which often leads to poor decision making. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me”. Matthew 16:24.
But what does “take up your cross” mean? It means each day we must kill off a part of our old self that existed before we accepted God’s Grace and made a vow to recognize Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We must seek everyday to the shed the sinful scales that prevent us from continuing along our path of understanding the desires of God’s heart.
That is our struggle with sin. Because our bodies and minds are flawed we must make a decision every day to determine if we wish to honor God. We must decide if all of our actions will be done for His Glory. Will we always be successful at accomplishing this goal? No. But the point is we need to try. How?
- Throughout the day we should take time to acknowledge the strength and love the Holy Spirit provides and allow Him to guide our thoughts, feelings and actions.
- We should utilize the Holy Spirit daily to strengthen our intimacy with God through prayer and periods of silent reflection. Take time to pursue and experience God’s love.
- We need to follow the wisdom outlined for us in Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” For our understanding is bias, deceitful, and sinful. Trusting in God and adhering to the Holy Spirit will bring us peace even during the times where we struggle to find emotional comfort.
- We should pick up the Cross and die every day in order to continue to walk in God’s direction and undergo the transformation He desires in us.
Yes, we are weak and sinful. But God has given us a wonderful gift in the Holy Spirit. If we allow Him to fill our hearts we can experience positive changes in our lives that many of us crave.