Experiencing The Spirit's Life
Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not!
You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be?
After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?
Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk
as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:1
I. Decisions for spiritual growth and fruitfulness
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take
my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your
souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
A. We must be in submission to the Lord.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?
You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1
The first key decision for spiritual growth and fruitfulness:
I am willing to come into submission, without reservation, to the Spirit of God!
Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let
them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
B. We must present our lives to the Lord.
The second key decision for spiritual growth and fruitfulness:
I am willing to present my entire life - body, soul, and spirit- to the Spirit of God as a spiritual sacrifice!
C. Our lives must be consecrated to the Lord.
You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can
show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
The third key decision for spiritual growth and fruitfulness:
I am God’s chosen person, consecrated by the presence of the Holy Spirit in my daily life.