“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” Galatians 5:16 NLT
The Holy Spirit is given to those who believe in Jesus Christ, those who obey Him, to guide us in the new life of Righteousness and God’s favor which He has won for us and now gives to us freely.
No longer are those who want to live in God’s favor under obligation to the Law of Moses, when we live under the direction of His Spirit. We have a Living, Loving Guide with us as we have been adopted into the Family of God. No longer are we under a long list of rules and rituals and regulations to keep perfectly. No longer must we constantly face our failure to do so.
The Holy Spirit brings us strong Godly desires to live by, and following His direction, we do not have to give in to the strong desires of the old sinful nature, the motivating force in the world out of which we have been adopted by God.
The spiritual battle between the Holy Spirit and the old sinful nature for the souls of men remains fierce and hot. In our own strength, we have no hope of carrying out even our best intentions; but, as we yield to the Holy Spirit, we can live lives pleasing to God, bearing for Him the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.