When we succumb to temptation, we surrender to our desires and reject the will of the Holy Spirit. God’s presence in our lives helps us fight back wandering ways.
1 Thessalonians 4:8
- The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force that provides spiritual feelings.
- The Holy Spirit is not reserved for only those who appear really godly.
- The Holy Spirit is not a motivator for distracting worship activity.
- The Holy Spirit is not retired from the ministry of the miraculous.
- The Holy Spirit is not a scapegoat for decisions you don’t want to be second-guessed.
- Disregarding the Word of God disregards the Spirit of God.
- The Father sets the standard (3, 6), the Son meets the standard (1), and the Spirit encourages the standard (8).
- The immediate context of this passage deals with sexual immorality, but the concept is true for all disobedience.
- Listening to your feelings is not synonymous with listening to God.
- Regarding a person’s thoughts (including your own) higher than God’s will lead you to sin.
- God gives us the Holy Spirit to alert us when we drift toward impurity.
If you don’t sense the Spirit, it could be because you are apathetic, sinful, or lost.
- One believer doesn’t have more of the Spirit than another, but the Spirit has more of certain believers than others (John 14:26; Rom. 8:26; Eph. 4:30).
- You will miss opportunities to walk in the spirit when you consistently operate by living in the flesh (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19; Gal. 5:16-17).
- Just because you know about God does not mean you really know God (Ezek. 36:26; John 14:17; Acts 2:38; Eph. 1:13).
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.