It is always a difficult but obvious choice; do I walk in the flesh or do I walk in the Spirit. One would think that after seeking God for 50+ years, the choice would be easy. Life in the flesh is unfulfilling, it puts us in bondage to the world, to the enemy and to our own need for control and instant gratification. We somehow think that making the choice to run independent of God is a form of freedom. The truth is that life in the flesh is enslaving, destructive and life ending.
In contrast, Living by the spirit is the ultimate exercise of freedom. We were each created to have fellowship with our Lord and to submit to His guidance. When HIs chosen operate in that life, we are truly free. We are free to trust God to complete His work in our lives; we are free to rest in His protection and provision; and we are free to love and serve others without fear of reprisal or consequence.
God called us to live lives of peace and freedom. He provides His Spirit to guide us to truth and to comfort us in times of trouble. We must simply rest in the Spirit’s leadership and trust that God is who He says He is and wants a great life of freedom for His chosen. This summer we are going to take a close look into what living in the Spirit means and how God blesses those that choose to follow Him and rest in that freedom.
God Bless You
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 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[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and 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, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.