I want to bring this discourse to a point. Remember, my dear brethren, what we need is to come to a decision and action. There are in Scripture two very different sorts of Christians.
The Scripture speaks in Romans, Corinthians, and Galatians about the yielding to the flesh and that is the life of tens of thousands of believers. All their lack of joy in the Holy Spirit and their lack of the liberty He gives are just owing to the flesh.
The spirit is within them, but the flesh rules the life.
To be led by the Spirit of God is what they need. Would God that I could make every child of His realize what it means that the Everlasting God has given His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, to watch over you every day, and that what you have to do is to trust, and that the work of the Holy Spirit is to enable you, every moment to remember the Lord Jesus, and to trust in Him?
We are accustomed to think of the Holy Spirit as a luxury for special occasions, or for special ministers and men. But the Holy Spirit is vital to every believer every moment of the day.
Praise God! You have Him and that He gives you the full experience of the deliverance in Christ Jesus, as He makes you free from the power of sin. What good does it do that we go to church or attend conferences and conventions that we study our Bibles and pray, unless our lives are filled with the Holy Spirit?
That is what God wants and nothing else will enable us to live a life of power and peace. You know that when a minister or a parent is using the Scripture, when a question is asked an answer is expected?
But, how many Christians are content with the question presented here:
“O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
But never give an answer. Instead of answering, they are silent. Instead of saying: “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord,” they are forever repeating the question without answering.
If you want the path to complete deliverance of Christ and the liberty of the Spirit, the glorious liberty of the children of God, take it through the 7th chapter of Romans; and then say: “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Be not content to remain ever groaning, but say: “I, a wretched man, thank God, through Jesus Christ. Even though I do not see it all, I am going to praise God!”
There is the deliverance; there is the liberty of the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom of God is “joy in the Holy Ghost.”