IN STEP WITH THE SPIRIT


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

IN STEP WITH THE SPIRIT
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Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in
step with the Spirit. Galatians
5:25

Jesus said He would not leave us alone but would give us a Helper to be with
us forever (John 14: 16-18). He
taught us that the Holy Spirit would be our
Counselor (John 14: 26). Jesus
also called Him the Spirit of Truth (John
14:17).

Two sisters in
southern China came to Christ in a house church meeting. Twenty
months later
a friend from Hong Kong visited them and asked what they had been
doing since
their conversion. “Starting home meetings,” was their
timid
response.

“How many home meetings?” “Only thirty,” was their
halting reply.

“How many attend your meetings?” was the next nonchalant
question. “Well, at
the smallest one about two hundred and
eighty!”

Now the questioner was totally involved and quickly continued,
“How many
attend your largest meeting?” “Not even 5000, only about four
thousand nine
hundred!”

The Hong Kong Christian was flabbergasted. And
in his excitement quickly
asked, “How do you ladies—both new Christians—know
what to do?”

They simply replied, “We pray. And after we pray, the Holy
Spirit tells us
what to do!”

It is also obvious that these two ladies
were then obedient to the Holy
Spirit’s direction. The goal of all Christians
should be to live so completely
under the control of the Holy Spirit that it
can be said we are walking in the
Spirit (Galatians 5:25). As Paul reminded
the Galatian Christians, they began
their Christian lives by a miracle work
of God, new birth in Jesus, and they
could only expect to continue it by
God’s power. This fact is even more
evident in a hostile
environment.

RESPONSE: The Holy Spirit wants to be my guide and counselor
today. I will be
obedient to His leading.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to
walk this day in the power of Your Holy Spirit. May I
also keep in step!

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