Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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2Co 3:17  For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit is freedom. He sets people free from fear, from addictions and from not being free to control their own lives. We do not come under the control of the Holy Spirit when He fills us. Rather we gain self-control, free to make decisions that will change our lives.

The word religion means to bind. Life in the Spirit is not religious, binding, but neither is it without order. Some people have imagined that the more chaotic their lives are, the more evidence there is of the Holy Spirit. However, The Spirit brought order to chaos in creation, not more chaos. Order brings security and freedom. Religion brings bondage because the spirit of it is not based on grace but laws, that teach the only way to please God is to be a perfect law keeper.

Rom8:15  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

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