Living by “the nudge” – The secret to a victorious and fruitful Christian life!

The Holy Spirit within

You’ll never enjoy Christian victory or live pleasing to God by… Simply trying to keep a list of religious rules, or just trying to do what seems right – what you feel inclined to do naturally… Instead the secret to pleasing God and enjoying victory in your Christian walk is to live all of life – that’s right, all of life – every aspect of it oriented to what the Holy Spirit at work within you prompts and empowers you to do! The Greek phrase for it is “kata Pneuma” – “walking” (living moment-by-moment, day-by-day) “according to the Spirit!”

Read the following passage (I read it again this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord”…

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit [Greek ‘kata Pneuma’]. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact, the Spirit of God dwells in you.” (from Romans 8:1–8 NIV)

Those who know me well know that I consider this to be one the greatest secrets of living a victorious, productive Christian life! Hey, I’m still learning to live all of life “kata Pneuma” – according to the Spirit’s inner dynamic and prompting… I call it “living by the nudge!” – The Holy Spirit’s “nudge.”

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