It is very easy for us to rely on past experiences whether good or bad, important concepts learned from books read or classes taken. Sometimes it is none of the above, it is how we were taught that church is supposed to be or experiencing God can be. These desires can take us to the point that we become more committed to a search for God, than to anything else. Everything and more described above is dependent on our knowledge based on our experiences. It is not a reliance on the deposit of the Holy Spirit in us. The Holy Spirit has made our bodies His dwelling place (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Titus 3:4-8).
It is one thing to know of His presence and it is a whole other mindset to focus on making His presence a living reality each day (1 John 4:4). It is not that the Spirit does not know we want to live by the flesh (Romans 8:5-12). He understands that there is a battle going on (Galatians 5:16-19). It is important to recognize that He uses this to His advantage in developing our lives towards experiencing God daily. Here is how this works:
- When we are paralyzed by fear or anxiety He reminds us of His Word (John 14:26) so that we can develop the discipline to overcome our fears as He illuminates the Word, so we can understanding how it works (2 Timothy 1:6-7; 1 Corinthians 2:10-15; David when confronting Goliath believed God for His Word while the others allowed their fears to cause them to neglect God’s Word – David saved a nation).
- Sometimes you come to church and think that the pastor was a fly on the wall and is preaching to you or, you turn on the radio and the preacher is talking directly to you. This is the Holy Spirit guiding us to the truth (John 16:13) and finding ways to bring the Word back to our remembrance. The Spirit leading us to the truth is critical to experiencing the power, joy and blessings of Christ life in us so that we can become Christ friends (John 15:13; it is for this He died).
- When we demonstrate that we are leaning towards the flesh, the Spirit convicts us (John 16:7-11) to get us to turn towards God.
- Our growth allows us to better understand God’s Word because we are now practicing His Word more often (Philippians 1:9-11). As we practice God’s Word our appetite for His Word grows and the more it grows is the more the Spirit goes to work in and through us (Ephesians 3:14-21).
The Spirit of God’s influence is what moves us from spiritual infancy to maturity. When we are mature,we no longer live following the desires of the flesh because we have learned to deny ourselves and follow Christ with all our hearts (Galatians 2:20).