Life After the Encounter
2 Corinthians 3:17
I don’t believe this woman’s journey ended at the well. That was just the beginning. Did that mean she was going to be perfect from that moment on? I don’t believe so. If you want to live wholeheartedly for the Lord, you need the Holy Spirit.
• The Spirit enables you to live for God.
• The Spirit affirms you of your identity as a child of God.
• The Spirit opens your heart to the Father and His great love towards you.
• The Spirit helps you to pray.
• The Spirit frees you from bondages like shame, fear and everything else.
• The Spirit leads you and makes you aware of God’s intentions for your life.
However, you have a choice to be attentive to the Holy Spirit or to walk in your own way. When you received Jesus as your Lord and personal saviour, you were given the gift of the Holy Spirit to help you live for God.
The question is, how attentive are you to the Holy Spirit’s leading? Is your life truly influenced by the Holy Spirit?
See, the Holy Spirit impacts the way that you live, why you live and how you live. When your life is not led by the Holy Spirit, your flesh is leading you and governing all that you do. You are unable to talk and act like Christ. But it is evident when an individual’s life is influenced by the Holy Spirit, because their character and all that they do exudes Christ.
Ask yourself honestly, am I bearing the fruit of the Spirit or of the flesh?
Having the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean that you are going to be perfect, but it does mean that day by day you will become more like Christ. God is not looking for perfection. He is looking for progression. And each day when you say yes to the Holy Spirit’s leading and help, you are making efforts to become like Christ so that you can be a testament to those around you who do not know Him.
Each day when you wake up, invite the Holy Spirit to lead your day. Let Him know that you need Him. Keep yourself in the word of God. Do not neglect prayer, and be around people who are like-minded, who are after God like crazy, and you will begin to see the transformation in your life, inwardly and outwardly.