“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if through the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Rom. 8:13
Knowing what to do but not being able to do it leads to frustration. Now in the new covenant through Jesus, God not only shows how we are called to live, but He also wants to help us live that way. When we believe in Jesus, the Spirit of God dwells in our hearts. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would help the believers. The Holy Spirit does not do everything for us, but He wants to help us.
When we see our inadequacy and weakness, we must remember that we are not alone. When sin tempts us, we can overcome temptation with the help of the Spirit. He wants to give strength, wisdom and perseverance. God’s Spirit is faithful, He is always there to help. Through the Spirit we triumph, in the name of Jesus.
“I want to learn only this from you: Did you receive the Spirit through the works of the law, or by hearing with faith?…Does God give you the Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by hearing with faith?” Gal. 3:2, 5
Through the Spirit we can receive help, not just barely, but in an abundant way to see how the life of the Spirit flows through us. This is done only by grace, not by trying to earn help by, for example, praying, fasting, or reading the Bible. Praying, fasting, and reading the Bible are good, but they do not activate grace from God. The Spirit helps by grace and we receive by faith. When we understand that, the life of the Spirit flows and we triumph over temptations and praying and reading the Bible then becomes something you want to do of your own free will and with joy. And, many times the prayer turns into praise to God for his goodness.
God bless you.
/ David Billström