Daily Encouragement: Day 345

Adapted from Handbook to Spiritual Growth

LIVING IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT

It is impossible for us to live the Christian life in our own power; access to the new life of God’s kingdom is through Christ Himself, and He has promised to live it in us as we walk in the power of the indwelling Spirit. We are filled with the Spirit when we turn from our own resources and allow Him to control us (Ephesians 5:18). Recall that we need both the inward filling of the Spirit for character and wisdom, and the outward filling of the Spirit for ministry and service.

How do we seek the visitation of the Spirit? While Scripture offers no step-by-step formula, the experience of the saints as well as biblical principles point to certain requisites that prepare the way:

  • Admitting our weaknesses
  • Surrendering our will
  • Confession our disobedience
  • Sanctifying our desires
  • Trusting in God’s promise to fill us