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The bible teaches that in the Christian life, we will face enemies whose mission is to keep us from obeying our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

 First is the world, the lusts of the world and the wish to do as others in the world do. The bible says that friendship with the world is enmity with God (1 John 2:15; James 4:4; Galatians 6:14; Romans 12:2).

 Second is the devil, that old enemy of mankind is still alive and busy going to and fro in the earth, striving to achieve one great end, the ruin of the human soul. He is an unseen enemy always spying out our ways and campaigning against our souls by suggesting to us things that are against the will of God (Job 1:7; 1 Peter 5:8; John 8:44). Thirdly is the flesh, that aspect within us even as Disciples of Christ that still is resistant to the desire of the spirit. It is that immaterial part of our lives which desires to rebel against God by resisting the will of the Spirit to trust and obey God. Even after conversion we carry within us a nature prone to evil, a nature with pockets of rebel forces relentlessly seeking to keep us from fulfilling our God ordained mission in this world (Romans 7:7ff). In both Romans chapter 8 and Galatians chapter 5:16-26, Paul the apostle explains the work of the Holy Spirit in our Christian lives. The passage in Galatians starts out with the command to walk in the spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. The verb here is in the imperative because as a Christian, walking in the spirit is neither optional nor automatic. One must decide from the heart to say no to things contrary to God's will and allow the Holy Spirit to reign.

 In Romans chapter 8 we learn that to be led by the spirit means to totally yield or submit to the spirit in putting sin to death in our lives. It means following the leadership of the spirit who guides and empowers us in our fight against sin. Just as the spirit led Jesus Christ during his temptations in the wilderness, he will guide us through our battle with sin (Mathew 4:1-11). He will tell us where to go, when and what to say every time a difficult situation confronts us (Mathew 10:19-20). According to Paul, to be led by the spirit helps us to overcome sin, but walking in the spirit makes us productive. The spirit never lies dormant and idle within us. He makes his presence evident by the fruit we display in our character. Paul is saying where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control is, there is the spirit. However where sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like, men are dead before God (Galatians 5:19-23).

Jesus compares the working of the Holy Spirit with the wind (John 3). Like the wind, we cannot see him with our bodily eyes. But just as we know there is a wind by the effect it produces on waves, trees and smoke, it is possible to know the spirit is in a person by the effects he produces in the persons conduct and character. Of importance to note is that fruit do not just grow, the plant must provide life and substance to the branches that flower and give birth to a fruit. The plant must be watered and pruned and taken care of daily (see John 15:1-8; Matthew 7:15-20). As we “Break Camp and Advance” this year, obedience is the key we need to break from the things that keep us from obeying God. We also know like Paul suggests that we cannot on our own break from these things and thus the need of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He ends our bondage to evil desires and creates in us the change we need to walk in obedience to God. May the Holy Spirit bless you and graciously empower you to lead and walk in the will of God wholeheartedly.

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