The Bible says to be “governed by the Spirit.”

When religion seems dead
Look ahead
To behold
The Lamb of God
And be Spirit-led.

“The Spirit Himself testifies with our Spirit that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:16. Whew! Life doesn’t get any better than that!

Live your life “in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way” of religious rules and rituals. See Romans 7:6. “The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6. Do you have a Spirit-governed mind?

To be Spirit-governed is to give up being your own manager by fully surrendering your daily life to God’s management. To be governed by desires, feelings, and compulsions is to be harassed by guilt, torment, and anxiety.

Be Spirit-governed today. Do what God wants not what you want. Turn the daily management of your heart and mind over to the Spirit of God. Live according to God’s Spirit, not according to your own opinions, emotions, and appetites. See Romans 8:4.

Let God’s Spirit manage your mental health. Set your mind “on what the Spirit desires.” See Romans 8:5. Without the active presence and working of the Holy Spirit, Christianity is just religion.

The kingdom of God begins in your life when you open up and let His Spirit literally govern you from within. See Luke 17:20-21. If Christ is living in you, you can participate in the realm of the Spirit by continually experiencing His presence and power. See Romans 8:9-11.

God’s Spirit governs people from within when they’re thirsty enough to allow Him to flow like rivers from deep inside them and to be swept along by His current. See John 7:37-39.

We need to be “taught by the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:13) “so that we may understand what God has freely given us” (1 Corinthians 2:12). “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14-15.

Sports teams inspire, touch, fill, and govern many human hearts. Jesus is always inspiring, touching, filling, and governing my heart!

Delayed obedience to God
Leads to spiritual decay
That slowly leads us away
From His Spirit and power.
Come what may
Be quick to hear and obey
What God says throughout the day
And follow Jesus all the way.
(See 1 Thessalonians 5:19.)

Romans chapter eight
Makes me feel great!
It tells me that if I let
God’s Spirit govern me
And give me life and peace
That my fate
Is no condemnation!

“Walk by the Spirit.”
“Live by the Spirit.”
“Keep in step with the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:16 and 25.
“Please the Spirit.”
Galatians 6:8.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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