I wrote yesterday about freedom in Christ verses the Law. I really felt that I should continue that thought today, but on a a bit of a different note. I mentioned the Holy Spirit’s guidance quite a few times in the previous post, and I want to really dive into that thought today.
I’m just going to come out and say right off the bat, we as Christians cannot attain our goal of righteousness by our own might. By human efforts we could try and try to observe the rules and information God gives in the Bible about life, but it would get us nowhere.
“...man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.” -Galatians 2:20b
When you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you die to your old self and it is no longer you who live, but Christ who lives in you. (See Galatians 2:20 and 2 Corinthians 5:17) Before Jesus left the earth he promised us a Counselor who would make our hearts his home and will teach us, guide us, and remind us of God’s Word. (John 14:16, 26) When you are living according to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, living like Christ will come easily. “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” -Galatians 5:16. For those things that we find more difficult to follow or choose the right choice (and we all have something that we struggle with- we are not perfect), instead of trying to achieve your goal of getting past the struggle ourselves, all we have to do is ask. Ask the Lord to guide us, to give us strength, to help us make the right decisions. It’s as easy as that. Ask.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” -Matthew 7:7-8
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.” -John 15:7
If you are asking according to God’s will (which asking for help to follow God’s will is… obviously God’s will), then He will give you what you ask. You don’t even have to try by yourself. You might come to an intersection of an important choice, but because you asked of God, the Holy Spirit will guide you onto the right path. If your heart is willing, then Christ will guide your life. “But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope” -Galatians 5:5