Have you ever felt unprepared? You’ve probably had a time in your life when you were not prepared at all for what was about to happen. As our flesh constantly fights to lead us further away from God, it’s easy for us to feel unprepared for life. But God prepares us by giving us exactly what we need: Himself! He equips us with His Holy Spirit. In this message, we’ll see that when we surrender to His Spirit, God grows us to be more like Him.

Discussion Questions

Read Galatians 5:16-18. How have you experienced the opposition of the flesh and the Spirit? Have you ever felt like it’s hard to do the things you want to do?

Read Galatians 5:19-21. What works of the flesh do you see as evident in your life? What would it look like for you to submit these areas to the leading of the Holy Spirit?

Read Galatians 5:22-23. What fruit of the Spirit do you see as evident in your life? How can you continue to grow in Christlikeness in these areas?

Read Galatians 5:24. What would need to look different in your life to crucify your flesh with its passions and desires?

Read Galatians 5:25-26. How would surrendering to walking in the Spirit change your life and your relationships with others?

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Further Reading

Your Life with God

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Your Growth Toward Maturity

You’re born into God’s family the moment you place your faith in Jesus for eternal life. You start as a spiritual baby. But it’s never God’s intention for you to remain a baby. You are to grow and thrive as a maturing believer in Jesus. But you never grow passively....

The Holy Spirit in Your Life

In the Bible, we read Jesus promising to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples after He is gone. As believers in Jesus, the Holy Spirit is also with us, living inside of us, just as Jesus promised. The question is, why did Jesus send the Holy Spirit to be with us?...

Confessing Your Sins

God’s redemptive plan for humanity involves the death of Jesus for the sins of everyone. But we enjoy God’s forgiveness only when we believe what Jesus did for us. Have you noticed, even Christians still sin? Confessing or admitting our daily sin keeps our...

Your Assurance of Salvation

Is it possible to know you have a new life through Christ and are headed for heaven? If so, how? God never intends for the assurance of your salvation to be a perpetual guessing game. You can know you’re saved. Unfortunately, you can lose your grip on the assurance of...