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The law of sowing and reaping!

Scripture reading for August 23rd:  Galatians 6

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Galatians 6: 7-10 “Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please the sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Deception is always possible if we get off into the flesh or believe the lies of our adversary.  Anything can be justified by our flesh and often we think that because of what we have done for God or how long we have walked with God that we can justify a little sowing to the sinful nature.  However, what we sow we will reap!  There are only two fields and two harvest that will definitely come.  The field of the flesh will always yield destruction and the field of the Spirit eternal life!  We must not grow weary or give up sowing to the Spirit.  We are to be especially helpful to the family of God.

Observations for over-comers:  Perseverance in sowing to the Spirit marks the life of an over-comer and there will be a rich harvest of eternal life for all who finish well!  “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.  Woe to the wicked!  Disaster is upon them!  They will be paid back for what they have done.”  (Isaiah 3:10-11)

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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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