Session 10

We all need a guide

From Galatians: An 11-Day Devotional

We all know that feeling of walking into a gym for the first time. You want to get in shape, and today is the day you’re going to start! There is one problem: You have no idea what to do. You don’t know anything about fitness or how to use the equipment.

You need guidance.

There are times in all of our lives where we need counseling to know what to do. At a gym, guidance comes in the form of a personal trainer. In our spiritual lives, our guide is called the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of Jesus sends to us when we accept Jesus as our savior. In John 14:26, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as our counselor, “whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things.” The Holy Spirit helps us in four ways, according to Galatians 5:

  • He helps us overcome sin.
  • He helps us follow God's instructions.
  • He produces godly qualities in our lives.
  • He encourages us to seek God's approval not man's approval.

Before meeting Jesus, we did what seemed right to us. When we do what feels good at the gym, we rarely see ourselves change. When we do that in our spiritual lives, we find ourselves stuck in an endless cycle of sin.

Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we lived in conflict with God and His desires. Those old habits are hard to break. The only way to overcome sin and experience real life change is to listen and follow the Holy Spirit. As we let go of our old ways, our selfish desires are replaced with the characteristics of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Reflect:

  • Which characteristics of the Holy Spirit do you see in you?
  • Which characteristics do you need more of?

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

Who are you trying to please?

Pleasing dad is something most of us strive for throughout our lives. No matter how complicated our relationship with our parents might b...

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Session 2

Does God play favorites?

Everyone knows “that” crowd in high school, the one we let intimidate us by their status or influence. They were cooler, more...

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Session 3

Are you stuck in the performance trap?

From the time we are babies, we are rewarded for hard work. We are promised a toy if we don’t scream during the shopping trip. When...

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Session 4

Remember whose you are

Life as a Christian can seem difficult if not impossible. How easy is it — really — to love our neighbors, to honor our paren...

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Session 5

Don’t disregard the middle man

Think back to playing games as a kid after school. Remember the arguments that ensued over an out-of-bounds call in basketball or a safe/...

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Session 6

You’re an heir

What does it mean to go from a slave to a child of God? What does it mean to go from hopeless to hopeful? What does it mean to go from ha...

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Session 7

Stop doing, it’s done

“Don’t drink, smoke, chew or go with girls that do…” For many who grew up in the South, this is familiar advice...

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Session 8

Don’t be a rule follower

God promised to give Abraham a son. The only problem was Abraham and his wife Sarah were out of their “childbearing years.” E...

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Session 9

When nothing you do is good enough

Have you ever been in a relationship where nothing you did was ever good enough? If you have, you know it’s frustrating, exhausting...

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Session 10

We all need a guide

We all know that feeling of walking into a gym for the first time. You want to get in shape, and today is the day you’re going...

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Session 11

5 things to look for in community

When we make the decision to follow Jesus, we start a lifelong journey. But this is not a trip we make on our own. When we ask Jesus into...

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