When I struggle with sin and temptation I often forget two important things: that I have been Baptized and that I have been confirmed and sealed with the Holy Spirit. Without considering these things, I feel helpless against evil. I would venture to guess that many of us experience the same thing.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! If we have been Baptized not only has our former self passed away along with its sins, but we have also been filled with the Holy Spirit! And if we’ve been anointed in Confirmation that filling has been made complete! Just stop and consider that fact.
We are filled.
With the Holy Spirit.
The third Person of the Trinity.
God who through his Almighty power created all that exists.
This God resides inside of us.
If we cooperate with God we can live as God lives. Our lives can reflect the Holy Spirit.
Check out Galatians 5:13-26.
We have been called to live in freedom and we have been gifted with the ability to do so.
At every moment, both the easy and the difficult, we must remember that our soul is sealed to the Holy Spirit, that if we pray and unite our wills and desire to God we can accomplish anything.