Evidence of a Life Changed

When you know you know you know, there is a peace that cannot be explained in human terms.

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Last week we talked about How To Be Saved.  This free gift from God secures our eternal home.  It invites the Holy Spirit into our hearts to live.  And the Holy Spirit creates in us a power and desire to grow more and more like Christ every day.  Galatians 5:16, 17 says:

So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy spirit.  Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.  The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants.  And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires.  These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict.  But when you are directed by the Holy Spirit, you are no longer subject to this law.

Once we repent of our sinful nature and ask Christ to come into our hearts, we are free to allow the Holy Spirit to create fruit in us.  This fruit is evidence, a by-product, of a changed life – a saved person.

Galatians 5:22 lists the fruits of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

This isn’t accomplished independently of the Holy Spirit or without our surrender.  Evil desires such as described in Galatians 5:19-21:

sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin

must be dealt with.  We must examine our own hearts and motives and allow the Holy Spirit to show us where we need to change.  These sins cannot be ignored.

Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.  Galatians 5:21

Of course, no one has ever lived a perfect life except Jesus Christ.  But once saved, we should be conscious of the Holy Spirit’s leading.  He puts in us a desire, an awareness, and the power to fight our flesh.  And the more we follow his lead, the more fruit we produce.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.  If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.  Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another.  Galatians 5:24, 25

As we begin to produce fruit, we become very aware of God’s presence in our lives and it’s difficult to keep quiet about it.  My prayer is that each of you know you know you know that you are saved and that your eternal home is waiting in Heaven.

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