Life in the Spirit by PETER AIELLO for Charisma News
Life in the Spirit is the most important aspect of Christianity. Without our interaction with the Holy Spirit, we cannot draw its fruit (see Galatians 5:22-23). All of the graces of our redemption flow into us through the Spirit; and without it, we have neither the Spirit of Christ nor the Spirit of the Father within us (see Romans 8:9).
We draw grace from God by humility towards Him. This type of humility is something that is prior to our religious activities such as prayer, praise, worship, and Bible reading: and is required for receiving grace from God. It is best described in 1Peter 5:5-7 which says: “be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, Casting all of your care upon him; for he careth for you.” See also James 4:6-10, Philippians 4:6-7, Proverbs 3:5, Psalms 37:7, 55:22, Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 26:3-4, and 55:7-9.
Initially, I found these Bible passages when I wanted to see if the Bible had any instruction on arriving at inner peace. It did. When I decided to experiment with what they were telling me to do, I had the most life-changing experience in my life. There was not only inner peace but also inner strength as well: more than I could have ever imagined.
The Bible is specific on how this comes about. God needs to impart them to us; therefore, we cannot have them before going to God by using other methods. They are fruits of the Spirit. In my search for inner peace, and unbeknown to me, the Bible’s instructions invariably pointed me to how to receive the Spirit because that is where peace and strength from God reside (see Galatians 5:22-23).