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But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’ (Galatians 5:16-17 & 23 TLB). Is living like this really possible? Yes, but you must do four things:

1) understand that you’re a target for the enemy and protect yourself with God’s Word and prayer

2) get angry with sin - don’t put up with it: ’...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles...’ (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)

3) be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. Without it, you lose every time

4) stand in God’s strength, not your own. How? By exercising your choice to obey Him rather than going for the easy option

All believers have God in their heart - but not all believers have given their whole heart to God! The question is not, ’how can I have more of the Holy Spirit?’ It’s ’how can the Spirit have more of me?’