As a teenager, I had issues with laziness and procrastination. I would watch plates piled up in the kitchen and it would look like a mountain. I would run away wishing someone else would have done it before I got back. It was always still there. 

I would pile up clothes for days. There were times that I would pick up one of the used ones, perceive the smell and check if it could still be worn at least for the last time because I had nothing else to wear. 

How about my school uniform? It was always a matter of the last minute. It gets washed late at night on Sunday or midnight on Monday. I would wring it with a towel, spread it on a fan or “iron-dry” it. The little moisture left would be dealt with by the heat of my body. 

Who knows these struggles? That was my life. I was so lazy that my mum’s employees called me lazy. But God helped me. 

How was I helped? My change started when I began to obey the prompt of the Teacher- the Holy Spirit. Anything or habit or sin that has become a struggle for you is the one that you have refused to follow the prompt of the Teacher on. 

There are times the Holy Spirit would keep nudging me till I learnt to wash my clothes in bits rather than piling them up. I started washing daily. I did the same with used plates. I overcame living a dirty life. 

Amazingly, it reflected in my spiritual growth. My study and prayer life was also not clumsy. I began to enjoy order. I started growing. I loved my life. It impacted my academics also. I got better at time management. I was no longer jumping all over the place. I grew. 

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

There cannot be a change in your life when you are not in agreement with the Spirit of the Lord. The change will come “by the Spirit of the Lord.” 

The Holy Spirit is your Teacher.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

John 14:26 NKJV

He will teach you to say No to Ungodliness.

This same grace teaches us how to live each day as we turn our backs on ungodliness and indulgent lifestyles, and it equips us to live self-controlled, upright, godly lives in this present age.

 Titus 2:12 TPT

Do you see that? He will teach you and train you to turn your back on ungodliness. You can defeat all forms of indulgence that you struggle with. At the same time, he equips you to live with self-control even on the days we are in. 

And if you are worried about situations you did not expect or bargain for, the Holy Spirit is also there as your on-the-spot teacher. He will teach you at that very hour. 

“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Luke 12:12 NKJV

In your hour of test or temptation or trial, you should listen to the Holy Spirit. You cannot be struggling with the Word and the Spirit of God and expect to see a change.

Will you obey all His nudgings from today?

temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa.

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