I have used this Spirit chart for years to stay up-to-date with God!
Can It Really Help?
For years God has used this simple chart to help believers use the truth of God’s Word to reveal the condition of their spirit. Thousands have used this in their daily walk with God to keep them on target and up to date in their relationship with God. This chart (downloadable by clicking here) groups the sins against God into four categories in order to understand them. The more you study these lists, the more excited you will become! Why? Because you will discover that if you can eliminate your sins, you can solve most of your own problems and most of the ills of society, including the breakdown of the family, domestic violence, child abuse, rape, murder, violence, political deception, and personal misery. This chart is based on Mark 7:21-23, Romans 1:28-31, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 4:25-31, and 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Find more details in “The Heart of the Problem” book resource
Evil thoughts, lust, and covetousness can lead to premarital sex and adultery. Lying, backbiting, quarreling, anger, and rebellion can lead to brutal violent behavior and even murder. Clearly someone with a brilliant mind who is consumed by greed, selfish ambition, and deception can devise ways to misuse the stock market or government funds.
Spirit vs Sin
Consider these lists as a huge mirror and step up to it to see what it reflects in you. Do you see: evil thoughts, unthankfulness, pride, unforgiveness, deceitfulness, anger, bitterness, rebellion, lying, complaining, yelling, and arguing, or something else? Imagine anyone walking around with all that inside. The simple yet profound statement that the blood of Jesus Christ can wash it all away is exciting! Is it really that simple? It is so simple that it insults our secular intelligence. Everyone, except those who try it, say: “That is much too simple.” But the good news about these lists is that we are just a prayer away from help! But remember, though it is simple, it is not easy to square up with what you see!
If you aren’t going to call the list in this article sin, then you will look to the world around you for the cause and the solution for the items on the list. But if it is sin, then you are looking at the simplest problem in the world to solve. You have the resources of the Creator of the world to help you. There is a supernatural cure for everyone. We don’t have to avoid the problem or run away to try to get relief:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Most people would agree that walking in the Spirit is a superior way to live, but, realistically, a miracle is needed to actually live this way. Fortunately, the power to walk in the Spirit comes from God. No human beings or circumstances can interrupt your relationship with Him. Other people have nothing to do with the fruit of the Spirit in your life.
If you want to enlarge your knowledge of God’s resources, look up these verses:
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (2 Peter 1:2-4).
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
…strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; (Colossians 1:11).
Only God can cleanse us from sin and empower us to walk in the spirit. Good news: we are free to choose.
Take the Challenge
Pretend that the chart, Spirit-Controlled Living vs. Sin-Controlled Living on is a mirror to your soul. First, take a moment and pray to God, asking Him to search your heart and show you your ways. Second, let your eyes look over every word in each column. Write in your journal what God showed you about yourself. Then, ask God to forgive you of them. Do you believe He did?