Ever thought to yourself, This Christian life is not all it's cracked up to be? If you feel disappointed with your spiritual life, it may be because you're not relying on the Holy Spirit. In this message, Dr. Stanley explores the essential role that the third person of the Trinity plays in each believer's life. Don't miss out on the greatest Helper God gave us-Himself as the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes new believers think their lives will be easier now that they’re saved, but this is not usually the case. In fact, we may experience even more challenges and problems. That’s when we could start wondering where God is or why He isn’t answering our prayers as we hoped. If we don’t know which way to turn, we might begin to feel overwhelmed and alone. But if we’ve accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we are never truly alone because we have been promised a Helper to dwell within us—the Holy Spirit.
Before Jesus went to the cross, He told His disciples that He would send them a Helper. The Holy Spirit is a member of the Trinity along with the Father and the Son. Yet some believers may not understand that God in the person of His Spirit has taken up residence in them. Instead of living in the Spirit’s power and provisions, they simply do the best they can in their own strength and wait for the day they can finally go to heaven. The result is a dissatisfied life filled with disappointment in God.
However, the problem is not God but ignorance of the Holy Spirit’s presence and guidance in their lives. All we need to live the Christian life has been deposited within us. If we are willing to yield ourselves to Him, we may freely draw on the resources of God’s Spirit. Our divine Helper is always there to attend to us in our need. At no point since trusting Jesus as our Savior have we ever been alone or helpless, even if that was how we felt. He is always present and actively working in our lives.
Charles Stanley - Before You Step Out of the Will of God