“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”
As I read chapter 5 of Galatians to prepare to write this devotion, a few phrases stood out to me: “For you have been called to live in freedom,” and “use your freedom to serve one another in love” (verse 13).
On the other hand, if we follow our “sinful natures” instead of the Holy Spirit’s leading, we won’t live in freedom – we’ll live in bondage.
For me, this bondage came in the form or debt. I did not grow up learning solid money management principles,and my parents did not model a debt-free lifestyle. I was taught that debt is a part of life, and everyone has it. That it’s unavoidable.
It wasn’t until I started regularly attending church again as an adult believer, and getting connected to other Christians, that I saw there was another way to live – a better way to live.
Proverbs 22 encourages us to have “many advisors” so our “plans will not go wrong.” It is very wise to seek the counsel of others before making a big decision rather than trusting solely in our own judgment. But, how often do we ask for godly advice from godly people? More importantly, how often do we go to God first and ask for his Spirit to guide our decisions?
I would venture to guess that I’m not the only one who has asked for advice from the wrong people. People I knew would just give me the comfort I crave, and the words I want to hear. For years, I listened to people who told me that it was okay to not make a conscious effort to pay off debt quickly and completely.
As my relationship with Christ has deepened, I have come to understand that the type of freedom I am called to live in as a Christian includes the freedom to serve others and to pass on the blessings with which God has blessed me – that includes financial blessings! The freedom to give and to serve others is the better way to live!
With the Holy Spirit’s leading, I have had to let go of my former habits when it comes to finances. I have had to embrace new habits to help me get to where God wants me to be. I am not there, yet, but if I continue the financial habits that I am developing, I will be debt-free in just over two years.
Maybe your sinful nature has not caused you to accumulate and hold onto debt, but maybe there is another sin in your life of which you are finding it hard to let go. Remember that nothing is too much for God to handle and nothing is a surprise to Him. I would encourage you, today to go to God in prayer, and ask him to send the Holy Spirit to guide you in the right direction. There is hope when you surrender your “sinful nature” to Him and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit!
One last thing – be careful who you confide in. Some will tell you what you want to hear, or enable your behavior or sin – and others will help to set you free. Choose wisely!
– Megan Petersen
Megan is the Journey Kidz Director at The Journey Church. She has always loved music and story-telling, so her favorite parts of Journey Kidz are singing and reading Bible Stories to the children. Megan feels blessed to serve God and the Journey Family.