The Role of the Holy Spirit – Resistance

March 25, 2009

“And when (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment.” – John 16:8

During times of temptation, it can be difficult to show our love for God. In temptation we realize love for God is contrary to all of our emotions. When we give into temptation the result is guilt. If we keep repeating sin over and over we develop a heart of stone. And that is not a pretty sight. But there is good news for the Christian in the face of temptation. The Holy Spirit convicts us to push back, to say no, and to do what is pleasing to God. Sometimes He brings to mind a verse on the example of Jesus. He is the source of what is truly supernatural in resistance to temptation.

So often, Christians try to live the good life on their own, in their own strength. This is doomed to failure. When we face temptation we are up against spiritual powers of darkness and evil that are stronger and smarter than any of us. If you are a Christian, don’t be an arrogant fool and try to make it on your own. Claim the power of the Holy Spirit and find victory over temptation.