From one nailed scarred hand to Freedom

Life by the Spirit

 

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Galatians 5:1 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. 13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature[a]; rather, serve one another in love. 14The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."[b] 15If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.  16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 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 each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.  19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

If God is for us, then who can be against us?  If we are justified through Christ and re-generated into new creatures, that is, adopted as sons of God then why do we persist on being enslaved to the old nature.  Why is their grumbling and factions and the like?  What will it take for us to unify each other as the body of Christ?  There are many questions that always seems to be lessened by our own depravity; whatever that looks like by some.  We are all men and we are definitely fallible, therefore, without using the Word of God as a way of reproof in our lives then everything else we do is for naught.  Let be more specific, without the Word of God as our benchmark, prayer and petition, and accountability and trust in and only of our salvation through Jesus Christ, then we are in error.  We cannot say that something is from God if the Bible does not reproof it.  Let me explain it this way:  Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.  Jesus put it this way:  Matthew 22:34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

Jesus paid it all, once and for all, on Calvary.  If you profess the name of the Lord as Savior, believed that he was born of a virgin, died for our sins and rose again on the third day and confess our sins to Jesus and ask him to be Lord over our life, then you are saved.  Your transgression are forgiven and you are made white as snow.  Also, we read in scripture that we become Sons of God.  Our old sin nature is at war with our new self and we have to either choose to live by the Spirit or to live a life that continues to require another crucifixion.  Why, to those of us that continue to fall into the same sin, do you continue to crucify Jesus and ask for your sins to be pardon?  Is the fruit of the Spirit in your life?  Are you walking by the Spirit, that is, is your life completely obedient to God and to his Word?  Do the words Stewardship, Purity and Discipleship mean anything to your daily walk?  If the answer is yes, then you are walking by the Spirit.  If you answer is some of the time, then you need to clean house and repent, and if the answer is no, then I have to ask are you truly saved?

Are you allowing yourself to love your brother?  To love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?

Dante