When I listen to anyone’s sermons, like Tony Evans or David Jeremiah, I like to take notes. I’m not sure exactly where I got all of this , it was just in my notes I took and I compiled them all together, so it was different resources…but I thought it was worth sharing….
If you are consistently giving in to sin, then the Holy Spirit can’t be controlling or filling your life. But if you are asking, “Will I still commit sin after learning about the filling of the Holy Spirit?”—the answer is an emphatic yes. If you are obeying Christ today and trusting His power to change you, then you are exactly where God wants you to be. Don’t agonize over the “fruit” you feel you lack. The fruit will come in due time. When you plant something, you have to make sure it is grounded securely so that deep roots will grow and flourish. Then you have to water it and nourish it daily for it to grow and produce fruit. The same is true with the Christian life.
When we allow God to implement His Word in our lives, others will draw encouragement from us and the more we grow in God’s righteousness, the stronger we become. We can only be a blessing to others when we follow God’s word and implement it into our lives. Simply knowing about the truths of God does not mean that they have become a part of our life. It’s only when we meditate on His Word day and night, we will be satisfied.
Once you have faith in the finished work of Christ, you now have access to all the provisions of grace. But because we still live in the flesh, we are still drawn away from God.
You may find yourself committing sin and confessing it several times throughout the day. That’s not spiritual weakness; it is evidence that the Holy Spirit is working in your life! Becoming aware of sin and then dealing with it has been described as “spiritual breathing.”
Spiritual breathing involves “exhaling”—admitting your sin to the Lord as it occurs. You recognize that you have sinned and usurped the Lord’s place as director of your life. By “exhaling,” you are removing the impure, and you are claiming the forgiveness that is yours through Christ’s death on the cross.