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whom He also dwells (Eph 4:29-30), we   doesn’t produce the life or the growth (cf.
        will restrain His liberty within us. Simi-  1Co 3:6-7), but it is our choice where we
        larly, if we resist the Spirit’s voice when He   sow. Imagine two fields before you, and
        speaks to us through the preaching of His   where you plant determines which one
        Word, we quench Him (1Th 5:19-20), and   will produce. You don’t cause the seed
        again restrain His liberty among us. Being   to bear fruit, and you don’t make it defy
        filled by the Spirit is yielding to His will.   gravity and shoot up into various blos-
        It is hard to imagine this being a practical   soms. But neither do you sit back and wait
        reality without times of sincere prayer. We   to see where the seeds plant themselves.
        often approach prayer as a time to tell God   You choose to sow, you choose where to
        our wills, but when we are “praying in   sow, and you even contribute water to
        the Spirit” (Eph 6:18), we learn to submit   ensure the seed has a good environment
        our will to His.                      (cf.  Rom  13:14)  –  but  “God  gives  the
          Galatians 6 is particularly helpful to   growth.” Fruit takes time to grow, but it
        me, personally, in practically uniting my   does grow. Sanctification is gradual, but
        responsibility with complete dependency   if we “set [our] minds on the things of the
        upon the Spirit’s work: “Whatever one   Spirit” (Rom 8:5), the Spirit will make us
        sows, that will he also reap. For the one   more holy. The choice is yours; the power
        who sows to his own flesh will from the   is the Spirit’s. Do you want to be holy? Let
        flesh reap corruption, but the one who   the Spirit have His way with you, and He
        sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit   will produce the beautiful fruit of holiness
        reap eternal life” (vv7-8). Human strength   – likeness to the Person of Christ.

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        sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph   Church and the power by which they are
        4:30).                                exercised (1Co 12). He produces features
        Powerful                              in the believer that reflect the likeness of
          It is a lofty thought to realize that the   Christ as love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
        power that moved upon the face of the   gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and
        waters (Gen 1:2), that came upon Mary in   temperance (Gal 5:22-23). He is a guide
        relation to the incarnation of the Saviour   to the believer in life. The Lord spoke of
        (Luk 1:35), and that raised the Lord from   this when He said, “When he, the Spirit
        the dead (Rom 1:4) is the same Holy Spirit   of truth, is come, he will guide you into
        that indwells every believer and empow-  all truth” (Joh 16:13).
        ers spiritual living.                   Thus, we can rejoice in our position in
        Practical                             the Church which is His [Christ’s] body,
          The Holy Spirit indwells each believer   over which He is the head. We can also
        for a purpose. It is by Him that “the love   rejoice for the power of the Holy Spirit
        of God is shed abroad in our hearts” (Rom   who indwells us to enable us to live faithful
        5:5). He is the bestower of gifts in the   and fruitful lives to the glory of Christ.

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