We receive the Holy Spirit when we believe, not when we obey the law. People still feel insecure in their faith because faith alone seems too easy, so they try to get closer to God by keeping special rules. While certain disciplines (such as Bible study, prayer, and serving) help us grow, they must not take the place of the Holy Spirit or become an end in themselves.
The Holy Spirit gives the Christian power to live for God. Just as we begin our Christian walk in the Spirit we must continue in the Spirit. We grow spiritually because of God’s Spirit within us, not by following special rules.
The tedium of everyday living leads some people to believe that something is wrong with their spiritual development. Yet, one of the Holy Spirit’s greatest works is teaching us to persist, to keep doing right even when it no longer seems interesting or exciting.