17th February 2017
GALATIANS 5 v. 16 – 18
‘So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.’
Paul turns now to focus on life in the Spirit. It’s the Spirit of Jesus which enables us to live like Him, equipped by Him, bringing Him into every corner of the earth. We’re urged to learn to be led by the Spirit, and not our fleshly desires (the two are at war with each other). Living life in step with the Spirit is also the key to living from the oppression and condemnation of the law.
Spirit of Jesus,
and guide and guard
the direction of my life –
my every thought
my every action
Note, today, where your fleshly desires may be at odds with the Spirit of Jesus in you.
Take a moment to pause and pray for God’s strength, and the power of the Spirit, to keep you on track.
If you have someone with whom you are happy to be accountable, share this tension with your friend, so that two can be praying (most of us are more likely to ‘get there’ on our journey towards holiness if we share that journey with others).
All posts in Galatians:
- The final word…GRACE.
- A new creation, bearing the marks of Jesus
- May I never boast except in the cross…
- Continue to do good to all…the harvest is coming!
- Taking responsibility, and sharing all good things
- Live by the Spirit – restore, carry burdens, be alongside…
- The right way – fruitful living
- The wrong way – the way of the flesh
- Walk by the Spirit, led by the Spirit
- Freed to serve, freed to love
- Get back on track
- Danger – falling away from grace
- Freedom…true freedom
- Children of Promise
- ‘Who do you think you are…?’
- In labour…until Christ is birthed in you
- Paul received as an angel from God….
- How could you turn back again….?
- Adopted in His family – Abba – Father, God.
- All are ONE in Christ
- Standing on the promises of God
- Living the ‘promise’
- Great things He has done – so loved He the world
- Through you, all people shall be blessed
- Receive the Spirit, by faith not works
- New life, through faith in Christ, alone…
- Masking the truth….
- God has no favourites….and remember the poor
- Guard against ‘false brothers’, and ‘fake news’ (to quote someone else, today…!)
- Persecutor becomes proclaimer!
- Taking time out…to be with Jesus
- Life changing encounters with Jesus
- ‘Super-good news’ revealed directly through Jesus
- No other gospel
- In a nutshell… the gospel
- Grace and Peace to you
- Living to serve Christ, to please God, and not people…
- Sent by the Lord am I
- What’s In A Name?