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 given 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. Only the invisible ministry of God the Holy Spirit can execute the Christian way of life.
This book tells the dramatic story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19. After a powerful 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.