God The Holy Spirit vs. The Sin Nature
Is a ceaseless inner conflict. Each Christian by his own volition determines
who controls his life at any moment. The sin nature is inherent at birth. As
long as we live we retain this genetic distorter of our lives, with the result that
we cannot fulfill the plan of God. Yet God's marvelous plan can be fulfilled.
Through the invisible ministry of God the Holy Spirit we can execute the Christian
way of life. This book tells the dramatic story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19. After a pow-
erful spiritual victory, he flees in terror because of an empty threat against his life.
The spiritual hero becomes totally ineffective. This Old Testament prophet vividly
illustrates a principle that applies to every New Testament believer: there is a vast
difference between living under the control of the sin nature and leading a life of
spiritual dynamics under the control of the Holy Spirit.
"I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plan's to
prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."