Updated: May 21
A willing and progressive obedience is a continuing sign that we are Spirit-Filled (Controlled) Christians.
Is your witness to God's Spirit dwelling in you seeming faint or gone? That doesn't mean that the Holy Spirit has gone. It may mean that you have paid too little attention to Him and your awareness of His presence has grown dim.
If you ask Him to show you any places where you have become careless and confess the issue and begin again, soon your awareness of God and His Spirit will return along with a satisfying assurance.
As the song writer wrote many years ago, "Trust and Obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to Trust and Obey." Someone once said, "Some Christians have just enough of God to make them miserable." Obedience is not an option for one to live a happy Victorious Christian life. It is a battle, but it is a battle worth fighting.
Eph. 5:18 records the words of the Apostle Paul when he wrote, "Be not drunk with wine...but be filled with the Spirit." I believe this is more than just a suggestion.
1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Repentance is not a "one time act" it is a "continual way of life" for a growing follower of Christ. When the Holy Spirit points out a sin in your life, confess it and ask the Lord to empower you to win over that particular sin in your life. Thank him for, "His mercies are new every morning."
Remember, "There is no sin stronger than the Blood of Jesus." Jesus came to destroy the power of Sin and Satan. There is no bondage or sin that Jesus cannot set one free of instantly. This is "True Salvation!" Note: The adulterous woman in scripture about to be stoned but was forgiven by Jesus and told to "go and sin no more." And, her life was instantly changed by His forgiveness received power to live a new life. I can attest to the power of Jesus when I received Him into my heart & life! Millions of others around the world have experienced a strong Christian experience that gives room for "Growing in Grace & Strength."