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Keeping in step with the Spirit!

Scripture reading for August 21st:  Galatians 5, Psalm 17, Proverbs 13

Key Scriptures:  Galatians 5:22-25  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”

When the Holy Spirit abides in us and we allow Him to produce His sweet fruit in our lives, there is no need for the law.   The Spirit of Jesus is totally obedient to God’s Word and leads us in the desire and ability to keep in step with Him.  By His fruit others will know that we belong to God and have reckoned our old man dead, no longer pursuing its passions and desires.

Faith Confession:  My old man and fleshly nature is reckoned dead and the Holy Spirit lives in me.  His fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control are growing and evident in my life, transforming me into His likeness.

Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with Your likeness.”  

 

 

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In step with the Spirit

Scripture reading for August 21st:  Psalm 112-114, Galatians 5

Key Scriptures:  Galatians 5:22-25 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” 

Paul encouraged the Corinthian believers to keep in step with the Holy Spirit instead of trying to keep the law in their own strength.  The Spirit would produce the fruit of life in them whereas the law would bring death and stir up the works of the flesh.  If we belong to Christ, we count our old man as crucified with Christ and we step along with the Holy Spirit each day in a life filled with thanksgiving and praise and holy fruit.

Psalm 112:6-8 “For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.  He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.  His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.”   

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit living in me and producing life-giving fruit.  My heart is firm and strengthened by trusting in the power of the Spirit.  Amen.

 

 

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Living with fruit of the Spirit!

Scripture reading for August 22nd:  Galatians 5

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Galatians 5:22-25  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

The New Testament Spirit-filled believer should be marked by fruit of the Holy Spirit.  This grows from living and walking in fellowship with Jesus through the Spirit and study of the word of God.  Through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice and taking His word as truth, we crucify the flesh and its passions.  This is a process called sanctification that is progressive throughout our life on earth.  But there are temptations and spiritual warfare in the form of thoughts and imaginations that must be dealt with each day by keeping in step with the Holy Spirit.  Conceit, envy, and provoking are common enemies!

Observations for over-comers:  Praying in the Holy Spirit and daily study of God’s word will help us over-come the attacks of the sinful nature and Satan.  “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. . .” (Isaiah 61:1-2)

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