Posts Tagged ‘walking in the spirit’

Grab Your Hammers~Galatians 5:16-26

God has a plan for our lives. It’s so simple. He doesn’t want us to feel pain or discord. He never meant for us to hate others. He speaks repeatedly in His word about loving others. Jesus said to love the Lord your God with all your heart,  and with all your soul and with all your mind. And, to love your neighbor as yourself.

I’ve been drawn lately to Galatians 5.

Living by the Spirit’s Power – Galatians 5:16-21

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

The flesh results in regret, conviction and defeat. But, when we walk in the spirit, we walk in truth, life and the fact that there is no law against the fruits of the spirit. (Gal. 5:23) When there is absolutely no law against it, doesn’t that mean it is perfect and acceptable?

Paul states later in Galatians 6:8 that…

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

Too many of us are jealous of our neighbors instead of loving them. Too many of us are walking in the flesh; not the spirit. It’s time to nail our “stuff” to the cross. Grab your hammers, people.

Be blessed and free.

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

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Verse 11

11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11

I read Romans 8 this morning, and didn’t make it past verse 11. How many times have I read chapter 8?

Countless.

How many times have a stumbled over verse 11 and been awed?

Zilch.

I love how alive the Bible is. I heard once that in restricted countries, they take a Bible and tear it up in order to distribute it amongst the faithful. That one page breathes life into that Christ-follower for years — decades maybe.

Could I survive on one page of His Word for the rest of my days? Most definitely! He is the writer and finisher of our faith. He created in me a clean heart to see His Word. He reveals to me daily the new breath that I need to receive from it.

I’m so glad I live in nation where I can carry my Bible with me, display it on a table anywhere I go, and read to my heart’s content.

God bless the USA!

Okay, I’m back from my patriotic moment (I’ll be putting our flag out on the porch.)

So, today, God showed me new life in verse 11. My Bible is an NIV, so here is the verse as it is written:

 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

“The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead.” This is powerful stuff. Not the normal stuff I speak of trashing or donating, but powerful, God-centered truth to keep around and harvest.

The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in YOU.

Can you grasp that today? Do you that Jesus also said that those who came after Him would be able to do the miracles he did? He didn’t save it for Himself. He wanted those who believed he is the Lord and Savior of all to be able to

-Heal the sick in His name

-Perform miracles and wonders

-Prophesy

-See and DO the things the disciples did 2,000 years ago.

Our God’s not dead. He’s surely alive.

Let’s live it. Let’s walk it. Do you know Jesus? It’s time you do.

Be real in Christ~

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

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