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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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Called to be free!

Scripture reading for August 21st:  Galatians 5

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.. . . .You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.”  (Galatians 5:1, 4)

Paul continued to exhort the church to stand in the total freedom of Christ!  The keeping of the Old Testament law was a yoke of slavery that Christ had freed them from.   If they went back to that slavery, they would be alienated from the saving grace of their Lord Jesus!  It is possible to fall away from His freedom and grace!

Only a relationship with Jesus Christ brings true freedom!  Christ called us to be free from human effort to save ourselves or to pay for our own sins. But our freedom is not a freedom to continue in sin either!  “You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather serve one another in love.  The entire law is summed up in a single command:  “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”  (Galatians 5:13-15)  Gossip and back-biting are sins of the flesh.  We are free, but must not indulge our sinful tendencies!

“So  I say, live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” . . .”But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”   (Galatians 5:16,18)  Paul’s advice to this church is helpful to us as well!  The Holy Spirit leads believers into a life of freedom and deliverance from the sinful nature.  Through the Spirit we can live a life of loving our neighbor as God intends!

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Living by the Spirit!

Scripture reading for September 20th: Galatians 5:13-26

Paul’s concern for the Galatians was that they might use their freedom from the law to indulge in the sinful nature!  The way of Christ could be summed up in one short command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)  Living for the flesh would end in confusion, strife, and ultimate division.

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with one another, so that you do not do what you want to do.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” (Galatians 5:16-18)   In order to live by the Spirit,  you  must have the gift of the Holy Spirit because you have repented of your sins and confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. (Acts 2:38)  Prior to conversion, the Holy Spirit draws a person to Christ and convicts them of sin, righteousness and the coming judgment.  (John 16:7-11)  Following conversion, the Holy Spirit  dwells in you to be your Counselor, testifying about Jesus and revealing His word.  (John 15:26)  When the Counselor leads you into truth, you still must choose to obey and follow.  There will still be conflict between the Spirit and the sinful nature!

Paul lists some of the acts of the sinful nature to help these Galatians recognize the conflict.  Sexual impurity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred and jealousy all come from the flesh.  Factions, drunkenness, and selfish ambitions are also on his list.  Paul warned them that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of heaven!  (Galatians 5:21)

Paul also listed the fruit that comes to the person who lives by the Spirit.  “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.” (Galatians 5:22-24)  A consistent choice to live by the Holy Spirit produces fruit that is peaceful and sweet.  The person whose life is marked by the Holy Spirit will be totally different than those in the sinful nature.  The Spirit produces fruit that fulfills the law without human effort. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25) This should be our daily choice!

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Living by the Spirit!

Scripture reading for September 20th: Galatians 5:13-26

Paul’s concern for these Galatians was that they might now try to use their freedom from the law to indulge in the sinful nature!  That way of thinking surely was not from Christ.  The way of Christ can be summed up in one short command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)  Living for the flesh would end in confusion, strife, and ultimate division.

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with one another, so that you do not do what you want to do.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” (Galatians 5:16-18)   Living by the Spirit first means that you have the gift of the Holy Spirit because you have repented of your sins and confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. (Acts 2:38)  Prior to conversion, the Holy Spirit draws a person to Christ and convicts them of sin, righteousness and the coming judgment.  (John 16:7-11)  Following conversion, the Holy Spirit  dwells in you to be your Counselor, testifying about Jesus and revealing His word.  (John 15:26)  When the Counselor leads you into truth, you still must choose to obey and follow.  There is also still some conflict between the Spirit and the sinful nature!

Paul lists some of the acts of the sinful nature to help these Galatians recognize the conflict.  Sexual impurity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred and jealousy all come from this flesh.  Factions, drunkenness, and selfish ambitions are also on his list.  Paul warned them that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of heaven!  (Galatians 5:21)

Paul also listed the fruit that comes to the person who lives by the Spirit.  “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.” (Galatians 5:22-24)  A consistent choice to live by the Holy Spirit produces fruit that is peaceful and sweet.  The person whose life is marked by the Holy Spirit will be totally different than those in the sinful nature.  The Spirit produces fruit that fulfills the law without human effort. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25) This should be our daily choice!

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