The scripture is there for you to have the holy spirit, it is not meant to be read and crammed as literature. First you must have a heart without sin, and tell the spirit, the holy ghost that possessed men to write it down, to teach, guide, and remind you of the word at all time.
You don't need to quote what one has said in the bible, yes! it is good, but those word weren't written before they were said by God's generals. Let the word be in you and speak it in wisdom and understanding of the spirit.
We do not study the word to quote it, neither do we study the word to show we have knowledge of the scripture. I remembered a roommate of mine, he would quote the scriptures back and forth and even boast he has knowledge of the history, he evangelizes, yes! it's good, but still he lacked understanding of the power of the word, that is; he doesn't have the word in him which also is Christ.
We do not also carry the bible to be put by our side in times of attacks, well if you do, you're in for a bigger trouble. Rather we study the scripture to know and to desire God more, we study the scripture to grow in the spirit for it is food for our soul. The bible wasn't written so we can know the history of God, yes! it is indeed good to know what God has done through His word, but the main purpose the scripture was written was for the edification of our spirit man, for us to have the spirit of God so we can live for Him.
Without the word, no one can have the spirit of the Father and without the spirit of the Father which is our ticket to His kingdom, we are going nowhere. The body of everyman contains a soul and that soul contains a spirit, the question is, which spirit? is it the spirit of sin or the spirit of God? If you live in sin, you're driven by the spirit of sin at work in you, be it spirit of lying, drunkenness, orgies( parties ), fornication, masturbation, lust, hatred, malice, cheating, worldliness ( songs of the world, the clothes we wear and so on ), just name it, any kind of sin.
When you leave this earth which is your journey, that spirit which was driving your soul as a vehicle will stop the vehicle at it's destination or bus station, if it is the spirit of sin, it drops you in hell, if it is the spirit of Christ it takes you to the kingdom.
With this we see that we should live no life in the flesh, for surely the flesh will perish, it doesn't matter if you go to church, giving a billion dollar to the church, being a chorister, an instrumentalist, an usher or being close to your pastor or bishop, as long as you have a trace of the property of sin in you, all your works and position doesn't matter even If it has led some to Christ, you will not be recognized by heaven.
God inspired men filled by the holy spirit to give us the written word, the words were written, because we need them for our spiritual growth, having strayed too far from God. In the past, before the scripture was written in full, people have lived their lives with the fear of God even without having the scripture, they made their hearts pure ( which is the temple of God ) for Him to come in.
But we are so far away from God that we need to be reminded since we can't hear from Him. In all this Jesus came, and made it clear; that just as the word has been sent by God, so also He (Jesus ) is the word in personality, and except we allow His word to dominate our hearts, we cannot get closer to God. For no one can come to the Father except through Him. Through Him we shall be likened unto the Father, that is; we shall have His spirit, having His spirit, we share in His personality and not of the world.
Jesus gave himself, " the word " that through Him men might be saved, those who are willing, for He is the only way, not a way, but the only way, no one can come to the father except through him, there is no such things as any other medium like Mary or whatever, there is only one way. Jesus equals to God, that is; Jesus to God ( a = b, not a + b = c. )
He gave us the word which is His flesh, that when we eat of it, we eat of Him and He shall becomes part of us as the living word, with this word in our heart which is the word of life, we can speak life and not empty words.
Having been filled with His word, He then gives us His wine, which is His blood, the spirit of the Father that we shall be likened unto him. After the word, comes the spirit, without the spirit you don't know God for He is spirit and his worshippers must worship him in spirit and truth. That is why he said;
"Unless you eat of this bread, my flesh and drink of this wine, my blood, you're not part of me."
Without the spirit of Christ you can never live a righteous and holy life, and without the word you can't, because you can't have the holy spirit without the word. The holy spirit is not a feeling, as some would say it is, it is not an emotion, you know you have the spirit by the spirit He has given you, when He gives you His spirit, it automatically transforms your life, he teaches you to live a holy life, here, your pastor don't need to tell you what to do, he puts it in your heart, what is right and wrong.
Sometimes, even the clothing we wear we think are alright, he'll not let you alone until you change them, it is in this spirit that one doesn't feel alright not studying the word twice or more per day, it is in this, one does not feel alright living a life without prayers, this spirit gives us the consciousness of Christ in us, you don't talk anyhow, you don't listen to worldly songs, but rather your heart overflowing with thankfulness unto God, nobody drags you to church, and with this spirit you can know which gospel is real or fake.
You now see how many people live a false life without this spirit, anything they see they take, they don't even know if it is fake or of the devil, they live a life to suite their fleshly desire, not realizing that any one in Christ must do away with the flesh, he must suffer and crucify the flesh.
Have the word in you and have the spirit in you. No word, no spirit, no spirit no Christ. You can quote the scripture from beginning to end but have no knowledge of it's power, but an illiterate who doesn't know how to read can hear the word of God live in obedience to it and have the word in his heart ( spirit man ), and then have the spirit of God in him. Which make him a different person, though you walk by the flesh, he operates in the spirit, things that illiterate man knows, you don't know, why? because you're an illiterate in the spirit.
Once again I'll say; the Holy spirit is our uniform, our mark. One cannot claim to be a soldier without having an identification, and there are some who fake their uniform, well I pity those people, they pretend to live a godly life when in the secret they don't.
You, what is that secret sin you commit? you think God doesn't know, you think your works for God will cover it up, if you like sing till your throat burst, you'll only be wearing a fake uniform and I tell you, it is better off not wearing a uniform than wearing a fake. You know how the military deals with an imposter. God will not only deal with you, but demons also, for trying to be what you're not. Only the true sons of God wear the uniform and are recognized by heaven and respected by demons.
With this you understand why the scripture is written, to make us hear the word with our heart and attain the spirit of God, the holy spirit, which is our heavenly mark.
Some of us quote scripture to preach, you quote the scripture to defend your knowledge, scripture is not knowledge, it is of the heart ( man's spirit ) if you have the word in you, you don't quote scripture, yes, you might at times to give reference to the person listening, because of the state of the person's heart. Rather you speak the word as it is laid in your heart by the spirit of God. When your knowledge of the word finishes, tell me, what do you want to preach.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, the word is life and a man in sin is dead, if you don't have the word of life in you, but rather empty words, how can you speak life unto that dead soul in sin. For it is the spirit of life that converts a soul through the word from death to life.
It is so hard to let God have full control of things. We thinks that our way is the right way when our way only leads to wrecks and destruction. Destruction sometimes leads to a road full of pot holes and a lot of problems. Sometimes i ask myself how do i let go and let God.
I tell you that's my biggest problem is moving out of the way so God can move on in and clean up the mess that i brought upon myself. First we have to make Jesus our leader and our manager of our lives. Our problem usually is that we want to manager our own lives and so we argue and disagree with God. We think we know what's best for us.
The reason that we are under a lot of stress is that we are constantly fighting the one who knows best and the creator who made us . he knows every number Strance of hairs on our heads and he knows us. Every day that God give us another chance to get things right we have a decision to make: Who going to be in charge of your life? who really in control - you or God? Every day, moment- by moment, you are making that decision, When we choose to make ourselves the leader and make God the follower of our own life. It brings conflict, confusion, and stress.
In Matthew 16:24, "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat", I am" When we become believers in Christ, We give him the driver's seat and then we hop in the back seat trying to give him orders.
We constantly giving him advice, " like, "No turn this way. Stop, Wait. Faster! I want to go that way. I want to see the sight."
Certain men were sent fishing, few of them were experienced fishermen and the others were novices. They were to catch fishes with their bare hands, few of them being muscular and experienced were able to catch five at a time, some were able to catch two at a time, some, one at a time while the others, though were able to catch one, but they couldn't keep what they caught, lacking the strength to grip hard unto the fish it struggled and struggled till it slipped off. The latter knew the fish to catch, but they just couldn't grab it firmly and put it in the basket.
From this illustration you'd realize that, though they were all interested in fishing, but the ones who were able to pay the price to be experienced, the ones who enhanced more in skill and muscle were able to catch not only two, but five fishes at a time without losing any, however the ones who were weak got nothing. At least some of them caught only one. In the end, everybody caught, but not everybody caught. So it is with the word of God and our battle for holiness.
Here is the meaning of the illustration; these men are being classified in measure to their fishes caught, it is based on their spiritual growth rooted on the price they paid to develop the muscle, strength and skill to acquire their target through the word. The fishes being caught are classified bondages of sin, and unless these fishes are caught and slaughtered these men will go back to he who sent them with nothing to show for.
Being born of woman we are all born into sin, because of the blood of sin we inherited. But glory be to God! He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for our sins that though we are sinners, by grace might be saved, i said; " we might " not " we are saved." Because, although He is knocking at the door, still many don't want to open, it takes the grace of God for man to open the door.
It is not by our strength, it is by His grace, but now you who have received Him by grace, are you willing to let Him remain in your house? This is where the mistake of many comes from. By grace we are saved, but maintaining our salvation is on war. You have opened the door for Jesus, but why won't you let Him remain in you. It's not like you don't want Him to come in, you want Him to come in, but there are forces that have sworn men will never enter into God's kingdom, unless these spirits of sin in you are cut off you cannot maintain your salvation.
When a man is repented and saved, his name written in the book of life, but unless he is being delivered he is still bound to sin, though he might not sin, but these properties of sin keeping him in bondage will from time to time pressure him into sin. That's why although some of you have repented you still find yourself going back into that sin which you did before, you don't want to, even after committing such act again, you cry in repentance, but at the end still go back again.
This is where the devil hijacks many, after being frustrated, they'll say it's impossible to live without sin, but know this; your brethren all over the world will stand as a judgement unto you, because they have faced even worse temptation and overcame, because they paid the price. No one can overcome sin by his own strength, by your own strength which is your righteousness you'll fail, so the scripture says;.
" Our righteousness is like a filthy rag before God,"
The holy spirit is a spirit of righteousness, and if he abides in you to aid you live a holy life, then your righteousness is no longer filthy, because it is no longer you acting but him in you, God's spirit in you is not filthy. You can struggle to overcome anger by your effort, but because it is not backed by the holy spirit through the word of God, anger will still overwhelm you. But if your effort is on foundation of the word then, surely you'll overcome.
There are many who have given up, and there are those who are rising and falling, though they want to live above sin, but from time to time the spirit of sin keeping them in bondage drags them back like a chained dog. The Lord Jesus is calling on those who wants to be saved, this is the age of gospel truth and except you receive the gospel truth in your heart you won't be saved. The only way to be free from bondage of sin is through the word. Jesus said;
" I am the way," not a way, He's is the only way, and He is the word, if you don't have the word in you, you don't have Jesus and if you don't have Jesus, then you can't be free from sin.
Deliverance from bondages of sin is like a fish being caught struggling for its life, it's like a man waiting in the waters patiently to catch a required amount of fish for slaughter. These fishes are classified sins. When man is born again he needs to be delivered from sin, if not, he'll go back into his sin. And this deliverance comes only from the word. Anybody that says he is a Christian and does not study the scripture daily is a liar. You have time to feed your flesh why not your soul.
As in the illustration, some men were able to catch five fishes at once, and some one, and others nothing, these men who caught five fishes did so because they have the strength and skill to do so, they paid the price to build their strength. But the one who catches a fish and then it slipped off his hands is weak because he lack the strength to do so, how can a hungry man have the strength to grab a slippery fish.
The word of God is food for our spirit man growth and strengthening, just as you feed your flesh you also must feed your spirit man, and this is why most people can't overcome sin, because the strength isn't there to resist spiritually. They have starved their spirit man by depriving him of the word of God.
God didn't write the scripture so we can cram it and know the histories, He wrote it that we who cannot hear from Him will do, through His written word. That is; as you feed on the word like food in faithfulness and obedience, it becomes a part of you, recreating Christ personality in you, because He is the word. And if Christ dominates your heart, how then can you sin. The path to your victory over sin is right there in the word, why not pay the price to spend time eating the bread of life at the feet of the Father.
He that sacrifices more, giving himself to the word will overcome compared to he that gives little time in God's presence. When a man study's the word slowly, attentively and repeatedly in obedience, not to teach or preach, but as food, he can yield the spiritual strength to grab five fishes, which could be anger, lying, fornication, drunkenness, smoking, if he has seven bondages he'll be able to grab five out of it.
However, he that gives little time for the word, grows slowly, having the strength only to grab one fish out of the 7 fishes he has. If one of them is to be delivered from sin to manifest the spirit of Christ, who do you think will manifest Christ in time? You now see that man should not live by bread alone, but by the word of God. if you don't feed on the word to build spiritual muscle you cannot live above sin. You won't be able to grab and slaughtered that sin of lust or anger in you, whatever it may be.
All that is needed is a pure heart and Faithfulness, because a man who goes to the gym today doesn't build muscle in an instant, it is in his consistency and patience he builds muscle. Today he'll catch one fish, but as he grows, times will come when he'll catch two, until he catches all his fishes and slaughter them.
Have you ever wondered why the devil will let you pray, but hinders you from studying the scripture, because he knows the power in the word. He knows that it is the power of God unto our salvation. That's why although you pray and pray, nothing happens why? because no one can pray in spirit except he has the holy spirit which comes only from the word.
Without the word you can't have the holy spirit and without the holy spirit you can't talk to God because He is spirit. And so the devil stops and frustrate a man from studying the scripture. When you study the word as a food, it gives you spiritual strength to fight against sin, it gives you wisdom as you grow from child to maturity in Christ Jesus to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God, to know God's mind and plans.
The word delivers, you can confess Christ over and over again, but if the word doesn't dominate your heart, you'll still find yourself walking in sin.
We do not preach church, because church will not carry you to heaven, but the spirit of Christ in you alone will. People have been preaching church, preaching doctrine, claiming church and pastor, but where is the difference in their life. They can defend church, okay! fine, you can defend church, come and defend Jesus now, they'll shut up, why? because He is not in them.
Repent and go back to the word to have the spirit of Christ, unless you have the holy spirit you are not part of His church, because we children of God are the church with Jesus being the head, not the structure we go in. Go back to the word of God your salvation and spiritual advancement.
Also without the word one cannot pray, because the holy spirit is the one that prays in a man born again and if you don't meditate on the word to have the holy spirit how then can you pray. You pray lifeless prayer, because there is no life in you, for the word in personality is Jesus and Jesus is life. How then can you breathe life into a dead plant when there is no life in you, you can only give what you have.
Prayer is our artillery, like our Ak-47 and the word of God dominating our heart is our strength, when you fire a gun with heavy recoil and you're not an expert, not having the strength also, you'll shoot and miss, before you shoot your target, he has gotten you already. But if you build yourself in the word, you have the strength to take up the artillery and fire accurately.
There's much to say but I'll stop here. In this last gospel age, the word has been made simple for those who are willing to receive. Meditate on the word, then you who says it's impossible to live without sin will give your testimony if only you're willing to pay the price.
In summary; To be free from sin Is to eliminate every spirit keeping you in bondage, there are many spirits that keeps men in bondage, as you grow in Christ the holy spirit reveals them. Some are not sinful, but they hiders a man's relationship with God.
You can't catch them all at once it takes faithfulness, you catch one fish today, grab it firmly not letting it go and slaughter it, tomorrow you grab another till you're delivered. But, still while some catches other catches and lose their fish, because they don't have the strength to grab that fish and when it wriggles it goes back into the water.
A hungry man can't grab a fish firmly, feed your soul with the word for it is gives spiritual strength then, your deliverance from sin will come naturally. How can you fight a huge man when you don't have the muscle for it. No wonder sin beats some people a lot and use them as rags.
Remember if the word does not dominate your heart, there'll be nothing for the holy spirit to act on, to remind you of in times of temptation to deliver you.
1 john 2:15-17
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world; the cravings of sinful man, the lusting of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does comes not from the father, but from the world.
Whatever you spend much time doing, neglecting God is idolatry. We all have heard of idolatry often times, and if we should be asked if we practice it, we would confidently say " No!" but in reality almost everyone does these days, apart from the worship of idol religious people practice, like praying to a cross, to a carved or man made object, there are other forms in which the majority worship idols without their knowledge.
It takes the spirit of God in a man brought about by the gospel to reveal that which is keeping him in bondage, because the devil has blinded the eyes of men, making them walk in darkness without realizing it. Walking in darkness makes them stumble due to their blindness which makes it difficult for most of them to follow Christ even when they want to, why? because there is something their heart is still engaged in without their knowledge, chained by this spirit of sin, they rise and fall even when they decide to live a holy life.
To be free from every bondage to follow Jesus, one has to first have a gospel knowledge of that which is hindering him from following Christ, you can't actually fight what you don't know. If a rat keeps eating your fish, thinking it was the cat in your house, will you still have your fish when you haven't gotten rid of the real culprit.
There are many spirit of sin that keeps a man in bondage, but today we'll be dealing with just one, one which has been neglected by so many, " idolatry." Most people have the spirit of idolatry in them without them knowing, and if you have a trace of the property of Satan in your life you can never, never enter the kingdom of God, because it is the soul that get there, and once your soul is contaminated, you're rejected.
The world has been in the hands of Satan right from time, after all God casted him down from heaven, and God allowed him to tempt men in order to select those who can truly reign with Him in His kingdom. The world been in the hands of Satan, ( though the holy spirit still at work, ) has been devised and programmed in such a way by Satan to deceive men into darkness. Just as we advance in technology, the spiritual realm also advances in ways to draw souls into darkness or light. In fact our increase in knowledge is as a result of an advancement in the spiritual.
The soul of a man can be chained to three bondage of the devil; the bondage of the world, the bondage of the flesh and the bondage of sin. But I'll be talking about the bondage of the world, since its the most common and idolatry actually falls under it. As I said earlier, the devil has blinded men to think they are walking in the right path when they are not.
Although many idols have been destroyed, many alters brought down and many, if told to serve a man made object, would definitely reject it. The devil knowing this has brought idolatry also into the hearts of men by making the things of the world more enticing and desirable, he makes the world more competitive, he makes the world more frustrating so people will give most of their time to making money and other unnecessary things, while neglecting God.
Whatever you spend most of your time doing neglecting God, is idolatry, our God is a jealous God, He created us to worship him and when we refuse to give our lives to him in holiness which is our true act worship, when we refuse to give Him our times, we are indirectly giving ourselves to the worship of idols.
Take for example; the songs we listen to, God gave man wisdom, to create and advance in knowledge for His glory and for the expansion of His kingdom, but whatever man created, Satan also ues it against him. God gave man the desire to sing melodies unto Him, but Satan, has taken this to his advantage, he created in man the desire to sing songs contrary to God, all of these worldly songs we sing, not only drives us from God but also feeds our soul with spirits of sin, be it anger, lust, most especially.
You might ask, what if someone sings a song with no immoral content? yes it is not bad, but know that God created you to worship Him, and so if you spend your time singing songs that are not of God, it takes us far away from the Father, which will make us vulnerable to sin.
Is it the movies we watch, there's no movie you'll see these days without a love affair or even worse a sex scene in it. Most of us have even turned to worshipping men, we spend our time studying and bragging about a celebrity, a footballer or let's say a musician. Come to church, no! follow God no! Study your bible no! come to church on time no! but if it is to go for a celebrity's concert, you'll even be there before the stage is set.
When are you going to give God your time, the suffering most of us are facing today are not just there by coincidence, they're forged by the devil to engage the hearts of men in unnecessary things like money making, having money is not bad, even scripture say we should find something doing with our own hands, but when you work and forget God, you have given your self to the spirit of Mammon as your idol. Students will spend all their time talking, partying, plotting strategies on how to please a girl or a guy, leaving little time to study, therefore leaving zero time for God. Even some, all they do is study like a machine because they want to have a first class certificate.
So many things we spend our time doing makes us an idolater. Check your life properly to see if there is any thing you spend your time doing that makes you forget your God. It has become the habit of young people these days to make gadgets, technologies, their God, they wake up in in the morning the first thing they do is gaming, is it you who has make social media your God, you can chat from morning till night, but when it has come to the things of God, you can't even give one minute.
Satan wanted glory for himself and so he rebelled against God, However that glory he was looking for, men are the ones giving it to him. You know when a man sings worldly songs, he is glorifying the devil, or whatever he does that is not of God.
All these distraction whatever they are to you, draws you away from God, and if you say you want to enter God kingdom with them, then you're lying to yourself. No one who is bond to the world, who cares about the things of the world, will enter His kingdom. How long are you going to live this way? whatever you do that is not of God is of the devil. In this world there is only black and white, no neutral, if you don't worship God then, you are worshiping the devil. Live as if the world doesn't matter, indeed they don't really matter.
This world will pass away like a dream, and all you had, the pictures album you've made making you worship your fake beauty will be gone, you won't take them with you where you're going, if you'll be going to hell, your burnt and decaying body in hell will be worse and whenever you remember your old flesh you'll weep, but those who will enter heaven will forget about the old, because they will be given a glorious body we cannot imagine until we see it, we shall be like Jesus, and it'll look as if this world never existed.
This world is just a business ground to make investment for our eternity, what kind of investment are you dealing on? Is it of God for a greater reward or do the devil for eternal condemnation.
Be less concerned with the things of the world, and you'll see that you'll walk in the presence of God, with salvation being your reward. The reason why men are too far from God, the reason they can't hear from God is not because God doesn't want to speak to men, it is because they are too engaged in the world. Why do you think we have more of God's general in the past, men who walked the earth in God's power as supernatural beings, they walked the dimensions of heaven on Earth, because they were no longer attached to the world of to the flesh.
Those born again, unless you separate from the world and the flesh, you'll leave this world unfulfilled, because God's original purpose for you live will not be established. You should know that every Christian will be rewarded according to how much they invest their time to God while on earth, if you live normal, you'll be a poor man in heaven, but those who did greater things, will be rewarded greatly.
The desire God has for us, is for us all to have His spirit, without this spirit there is no connection between Him and man, our heart is the contact point connecting us to God through His spirit. He desires a relationship with us not only when we get to see Him, but right here on earth. Our relationship with the Father starts here on earth.
What He desires should become our desire, just as He desires us to be filled with the holy spirit, so also it should be our desire. But not everybody can attain this desire for it only comes, first; through the washing of the blood, being washed by the cleansing blood of Jesus prepares the way for His spirit to get hold of us. He Desires us to have His spirit, but we can't desire His spirit if we don't have his spirit.
There is always a force preventing us from having His spirit, it is in man's heart to following and serve God, but we born into sin in human nature, keeps us bound from doing the things of God, though we were bound in sin right from our mothers womb, it is of no excuse to live in sin, because no power can have complete control over one unless he desires to give himself to that spirit.
It is our choice to choose which spirit we would let reign in our heart. God has given us the gospel, there are just so many bill board on the high way calling us to repentance ( I don't mean actual bill boards, ) but we just ignore them.
The power to escape from sin is not of ours, but of God, just as we were once sunken in sin by spiritual forces we couldn't deal with our physical strength, we also need the help of our Lord Jesus Christ to free us from these shackles.
Therefore anyone who says he overcame sin by his own power is deemed a lair. You can struggle all you want, yet you'll never be free from sin, not until you decided to let go and leave everything to Jesus. Don't think about how to overcome your sin too much, just take it up in prayers with a determined heart and with constant meditation on the scripture.
His word is sharper than two edged sword, piercing through heart and soul, the word which is also Jesus in personality, fights off every darkness in our heart, thereby giving us freedom from sin. You'll then realize that on our own strength we can do nothing, but with Christ we are a new creation old things are passed away and all things are become new. All things being new, you won't do the things you do before.
So many will say it is hard to overcome sin well, it is impossible with our power, but they seem to be missing that which can finish the job " Jesus Christ." By His grace we are saved, grace saves a man from sin, even in the brink of death, but if we don't fight to keep that which you have received by grace through faith it will be taken away.
Many Christians today, not that they want to live a life of sin, but they, neglecting the holy spirit makes it impossible. Anything of God receives attack, the moment you decided to follow Christ you're in for a battle, you need to grow and equipped with the amour of God to fight continuously till the Lord calls you home.
Yet, it is unfortunate how most Christian think they know Jesus when they don't, if you know Jesus and you don't know the holy spirit, you don't know Him, and you can't know the holy spirit without knowing Jesus. This is the challenge the church is facing today, not knowing and desiring the holy spirit renders one a babe forever in his Christian life. To desire the holy spirit is to desire more of Jesus, desiring Jesus is impossible without having the holy spirit, and this spirit comes from our constant hearing of the word with our heart, and living in absolute obedience.
If you don't find it interesting to meditate on the word a day, if a day passes by without studying God's word and you felt nothing, then you're definitely not a Christian. Not meditating on God's word consistently makes us children who desire only milk, it makes us weak in the spirit, sin or the evil one can toy with such a man anyhow, and anyone who is still an infant, lives a life of repentance all the time, that is; he sins and repent and continue the cycle all over again.
He who is mature feeds on hard substance, he meditates on God's word with consistency, Making him invulnerable to sin and darkness. Our spirit life is like a video game where you level up at each level, it's either you level up to beat the boss at each stage or you get a game over.
Living a life of holiness is impossible without the help of the holy spirit, everyone knows their weak point, you can overcome all sin, (though not totally free, ) but there'll always be one that is difficult, unless the holy spirit assist you. That's why God sent the holy spirit, the restrainer, when we yield our self to God's word, he gives us the restrainer, to restrain us from all sins. When the holy spirit restrains you from sin, then you'll know that living a life without sin is actually easy and interesting, everyday you emerge victorious from each battle.
If I should tell you how to know you have the holy spirit, well, I don't think I can even if i should try, it would talk a lot of write up, ( we do have the fruits of the spirit to tell, ) but one thing the scripture says;
1 John 4:13
" we know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His spirit."
Still the devil has tricked many, deceiving them they have the holy spirit when they don't, some think it is a feeling, others.. well, humans are hard to understand, others think going to church or working for God means they do.
The holy spirit can be given by the laying on of hands by an anointed man of God, but only those who truly have the desire to follow Jesus can be given. God's anointed servants knowing this, do so only if instructed by the holy ghost. You too can have the holy spirit if you truly desire Jesus, only if you're willing to give Him your life time.
When you've decided to strive, living without sin, Jesus will then help you by asking the Father to give you the holy spirit, the restrainer, His spirit will strengthen and quicken you for the battle ahead and keep you away from sin naturally like breathing, because a life in Christ is not of struggle but of freedom. These might be like fantasies, because of the encroachment of darkness in this world, but if it were not true, if I hadn't experience it, I won't be able to tell you.
As time goes on, with your constant feeding on God's word, the bread of life, the spirit of Christ born again in you as a babe will grow into maturity through obedience. Those things you find hard to stay away from, the lord will start taking them away, as long as you don't grieve the holy spirit by doing things he wouldn't want you to do or desiring what he wouldn't want you to. As you grow in Christ through the holy spirit, a time will come when those ungodly things you did in the past will look as if they were never in existence, you'll be marveled saying;
" how is it possible i was living this way before, how was I living a life without Christ."
Your world turns upside down, it turns opposite, the things you did before, you can't imagine doing them and the things of Christ you never desired, you'll find doing with a continual urge for more.
When the holy spirit gets hold of us, he restrains us from doing whatever the Father wouldn't want from us, he teaches us all that is wrong in the sight of the Father, thing you never thought were wrong, he teaches us things that hinders our relationship with God, he shows us mysteries the ordinary man wouldn't know. He does not only restrains us from sin, but he binds us also to the things of God, never letting go off us.
When we were once infants in Christ, we weren't filled with the spirit and so we often go astray, but the Father in his infinite mercy is always willing to forgive, because He knows we would come back. But when we are filled with His spirit, He never let go. Any height you attain in your spiritual growth He traps you there until you go higher. Let's say He made you stop listening to worldly songs and makes you sing only spiritual melodies in you heart, He traps you there making it impossible for you even listen to worldly son.
He puts in you, that when you don't worship or acknowledge God you'd feel empty, you'll start wondering how empty and void life can be without worshipping God, you'll start wondering how the ungodly live their lives without recognizing God, it will feel like you're an alien from outer space who came to study humans, because you're different.
When the holy spirit gets hold of you He never let go, especially, because of the assignment God has in store for you, His purpose for you. He transforms you, even if you're the type who doesn't want to talk about the gospel, he gives you the boldness to defend the faith.
Just as the restrainer is here to stay, a time is coming, and is very near, a time when the restrainer will be removed from the world and the world will be plunged in total darkness by the demons of hell. The light of God in the world that illuminates through His children in this world of darkness will be removed. And this will not happen until God's children have been raptured to meet the Lord, for they will not face the trial that will come upon the earth to test all men living in it, the great tribulation. Revelation 3:10
The holy spirit is here to assist us in to live a holy life, and to manifest also, the purpose of God in our lives. A time is coming when men will be given a second chance to chose God just like the Israelites in the wilderness, but then it will be more difficult to follow God, because the restrainer who was always there to help us live a holy life will be taken away. Imagine how hard it is for most people to live a holy life even when the holy spirit is here to stay, how much difficult will it be when He's gone.
Don't wait till that terrible time before you repent, you might not have a chance, on that terrible day many will look for the true gospel but won't find it, so many things word can't comprehend will shake the hearts of men in terror. Someone once said this about the tribulation;
" All the budget in the world put together will not be able to make a movie like that."
Holy ghost convert he hearts of men who are lost and encourage those who are in Christ Jesus, Amen!
The holy spirit should be the desire of every Christian because he is the only means of relating with the Father.