5 Habits - Spirit #6

Welcome to Everyday Devotions. These daily Bible readings and Prayer Pathways are designed to help you go deeper with God each day in response to what you are hearing at the Everyday Church services and Life Group gatherings.

Saturday 1st February

Over the past three weeks, we have looked at three healthy habits that promote spiritual growth in us – Bible Meditation and Prayer Pathways and Sung Worship. In this week’s Everyday Devotions, we are looking at a fourth healthy habit – being filled with the Holy Spirit and then walking in step with him each day.

Bible Meditation

Galatians 5:16-26

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

1) The ‘flesh’ is our fallen human nature without the Holy Spirit. Looking at the nonbelievers around you and taking an honest look at the deep recesses of your own heart, how much can you identify with the ‘acts of the flesh’ that the apostle Paul describes here? Are they as obvious to you as they were to him?

2) Have you experienced in your own life the tug-of-war that Paul describes in verse 17 – the flesh wanting one thing and the Holy Spirit dwelling in you wanting something else? How does this conflict normally pan out for you? Does the flesh or the Holy Spirit consistently win the struggle on the battlefield of your heart?

3) What do you think Paul means here by “the fruit of the Spirit”? Is it your experience that being filled with the Holy Spirit makes these nine character-traits of Jesus come out of your heart naturally by God’s supernatural power?

4) If it isn’t, then wouldn’t you like them to? Who can you chat to today who can help you to be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to experience the fruit of the Spirit in your life?

5) If it is, then what does Paul mean in verse 25 by “Let us keep in step with the Spirit”? How is it possible to get out of step with the Holy Spirit? What can we do to ensure that we live each day in step with him?

Galatians 4:6-7

6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

6) Note how the apostle Paul emphasises that God fills us with his Holy Spirit because he is our Father and he wants to bring out the family likeness in us. How does it change your perspective on what it means to keep in step with the Holy Spirit when you think about it in these terms – the Spirit of Adoption helping you to live out your new identity as a true son or daughter of your new heavenly Father?

Prayer Pathway

Allow the Holy Spirit to help you to call out “Abba, Father” as you use The Lord’s Prayer as your prayer pathway for today. The Holy Spirit comes to help you pray to God, “Our Father”, so take your time to pray using this prayer pathway.

OUR FATHER: Joyful thanks to God that today you can run freely into his arms as your Dad and cry out: “Abba, Father!”

IN HEAVEN: Faith-filled proclamation of the truth of Psalm 115:3 – “God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.”

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME: Speaking God’s Name back to him from the Scriptures, asking him to be true to his Name and to make all the world confess his Name is holy.

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE: Pray specific prayers for the Holy Spirit to descend on your own life, on the lives of your family and friends, on the lives of your Life Group and your wider church family, on the lives of your nonbelieving friends, on your workplace or college, and on your nation.

GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD: Be specific with God in your answer to his question: “What do you want me to do for you?” Bring focused, specific and faith-filled requests that he will provide for all your daily needs.

FORGIVE US, AS WE FORGIVE OTHERS: Confess your specific sins to God, including the sin of withholding forgiveness from others.

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION: Ask God to grant you strength to resist sin, the flesh and the Devil. Ask him to fill you with the Holy Spirit today and to help you grow in holiness, as he has promised you in Ezekiel 36:26-27.

FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER: End with a time of praising God for his greatness and that he has heard your prayers.

AMEN: Before you stop praying, connect your prayers to the rest of what you have planned for today. Receive a commissioning from God to get up off your knees and to become the answer to many of your prayers.

End with Worship

In order to help you to respond to God in sung worship, we have created two playlists for you on Spotify:

The Everyday Devotions playlist contains a handful of songs which are particularly relevant to our Everyday Devotions this week. This song list changes each week along with our devotions.

The Everyday Church Song List playlist contains most of the songs that we are singing right now across the venues of Everyday Church. This is a wider song list for you to play throughout the day to help you worship as you wash up, as you drive, as you shower, as you sit on the bus and as you go about your day.

If you are somewhere where you can sing loudly, why not use these two playlists to end by singing some songs of worship to the Lord? If you are on the bus or train, why not put on your headphones and sing in your heart to God instead?

This week the songs are largely prayers for God to fill us with his Holy Spirit.
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