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Living by the Spirit

 

My Friend Living that is Walking in the Spirit deals with the 2nd greatest commandment "Love

Your Neighbor" (Matthew 22:39) and especially Faith verses the Law (Galatians 5:16-18).  This

teaching section (Galatians 5:16-26) "Living/Walking in the Spirit" teaches us #1 that if we are

walking in the spirit, we will have the Christian Attributes as stated in (Galatians 5:22).  By

doing so we will not give into the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16, Works of the Flesh 5:19-21)

And #2 we are taught if we are led by the spirit, we are not under law (Galatians 5:18). 

Let Us Pray; Dear Heavenly Father in your name, your son Jesus Christ Name and name of the Holy Spirit  We pray for guidance in learning the true meaning of the "Fruit of the Spirit" and how to apply them to our daily lives in our hearts and in our minds.  We thank you for guiding us in all your truths and ways.  Amen!

1) Led by the Spirit, Not Under Law Gal 5:16-18

My friend in studying "Walking in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:16-26) always remember that Jesus Christ said the

Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41).  But never contain a evil heart by using that scripture as

an excuse to sin though.  Now even though our weak flesh at times gets tempted to sin, we have the Holy Spirit

that give us the power to not commit that sin, to have an escape from sin (1 Corinthians 10:13).  The flesh that

lust against the Spirit are complete opposites of each other (Galatians 5:17).  The weak flesh encourages us to

sin and to do evil, but the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit encourages us to do what is right, to obey God, to live

Holy and Righteous Lives! 

So my friend if we let the Holy Spirit control us (Led by The Spirit) instead of us grieving the Holy Spirit

(Eph 4:25-32) in disobedience we are not under the Mosaic Law that only brings us death, for the law can not

change our sinful hearts (Romans 7:13-25)!  It is our Faith in Christ (Acts 26:18) and being led by his Spirit that

keeps us from being under the law that no man is able to obey (Gal 5:18).  I mean this, that if we break any of

the Mosaic Law's even one time, then we are permanent transgressors of the Law (Ro 2:27, James 2:11) and if

we break one law, we have broken all of the laws!

And being led by the Spirit also means that we are not worldly, nor carnal (Ro 8:7, 1Co 3:1-4, 3:18,

Titus 2:11-15)  .  Our views, and ways are not as this world is, for we are not partakers with demons and God

both .(1 Co 10:21)  We can only love one and hate the other (Matthew 6:24) .

2) But The Works of the flesh are evident, which are; Galatians 5: 19-21

a) Adultery; A Married person who has an affair (sexual relations) with someone that is not their spouse.

(Beware of a Adulterous Heart)

b) Fornication; Unmarried person who has sexual relations with a person they are not married to. (Beware of a

Heart that is bent on Fornication)

c) Uncleanness; That which is not pure, not holy, which is a impure heart, mind, or even unclean foods as

stated in the OT.

d) Lewdness; Preoccupation with sex and sexual desire; lust (Judges 20:6; Hosea 2:10; 6:9; Romans 13:13).

The Hebrew word translated as lewdness means an evil plan, purpose, or scheme; a wicked thought,

especially with reference to sexual unchastity; ideas and practices that are indecent and disgraceful. (From 

Nelson Bible Dictionary)

e) Idolatry; To which is a direct worship of other so called gods, rather than our one God himself.  (See OT for

details)

f) Sorcery; (I.E. MAGIC) Occult practices, such as fortune-telling and witchcraft, which were common among

the pagan nations of the ancient world. But such attempts to control evil spirits were expressly forbidden to

the Hebrew people. Deuteronomy 18:10-11 mentions the following specific occult practices which were forbidden by the law of Moses. (From Nelsons Bible Dictionary).

g) Hatred; This covers many areas related to Anger, Hatred, such as despising others, wishing others harm, or

harming others etc.

h) Contentions; This is people who are argumentative: frequently engaging in and seeming to enjoy arguments

and disputes.  (From MSN Works Dictionary).

i) Jealousies; Being Jealous of who others are, or of what others have or able to do.

j) Outburst of Wrath; This refers to a person gets out of control most likely with there anger towards others or

towards something.

k) Selfish Ambitions; This is the act or thinking of thinking more about your self than others in showing no love

to them.

l) Dissensions; This is about a disagreement that leads up to a bitter conflict or rivalry. Sometime these are

violent ones.

m) Heresies; In Titus 3:10 a "heretical person" is one who follows his own self-willed "questions," and who is to

be avoided. Heresies thus came to signify self-chosen doctrines not emanating from God (2 Peter 2:1).

(From Easton's Bible Dictionary)

n) Envy; A feeling of resentment and jealousy toward another person because of his possessions or good qualities

Christians  are warned to guard against the sin of envy (Romans 13:13; 1 Peter 2:1).  (From Nelsons Bible

Dictionary)

o) Murder; According to Biblical Scripture, this meaning is murder from the heart or an actual murder to which

is illegally killing someone.

p) Drunkenness; This drinking to a point of being drunk, to where you are no longer your sober self, we are

not allow any strong drink.

q) Revelries; Galatians 5:21 [Revellings] Koomoi. Lascivious feastings, with obscene songs, music, etc. 

(From Adam Clarkes Commentary Notes)

r) The Fruit of the Spirit (CHRISTIAN ATTRIBUTES)  - The fruit of the Spirit is actually Christian

Attributes, that all (Saved) Born Again Christians should have.  This is walking in the Spirit of God.  Those

that has the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And by walking in the Spirit we will not be submitting to the

weak flesh, but instead we shall be submitting to God in all that we say and do.  So in all of that we will not

be carnal nor worldly. We will NOT be like the world, instead we will be Christ like!

3) But the fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23 (CHRISTIAN ATTRIBUTES) is;

a) love; A intense desire to love God (MT 22:37-38) for who he is and give us an opportunity for salvation,

and this also includes Loving mankind (MT 22:39) and desiring salvation for them as well and that we do

good to them for Love Fulfills the Law (Gal 5:7-13) and all of the laws and prophets hand on these

2 Commandments, (MT 22:40)  a) Love God and b) Love your neighbor (MT 22:36-40).

b) joy; This is to rejoice that we now have hope (Ro 5:2) because of Gods kindness (Grace) for us to have

salvation via Jesus Christ, that we are forgiven of our wickedness.  We now are not going to get Gods wrath

that we so deserve (MT 3:7)..

c) peace; This comes from our minds and hearts knowing that we are pardoned from our sins, that we are

accepted by Jesus Christ.

d) longsuffering; This mainly means to "Be Patient", that is patient with this wicked world, its persecutions

towards us, and its own wicked ways and doings.  We are to be patient as God has been Patient with us till

the time and day of the Lord (Rapture) (MT 13:37-43, 24:30-31, 2Thess 2:3).

e) kindness; This is the direct opposite of being hateful.  To be kind to others, means to have patience with

them, to behave with good manors towards others, even if we disagree with them on any subject.  We can

kindly warn people of their sins with a loving and caring hearts, but let us not be Hateful or spiteful in doing so.

f) goodness; In this Jesus told us to do good, even to our enemies (MT 5:43-48, 6:1-4).   To do good to those

who hate us reaps coals on their heads and even a good chance that could cause them to come to salvation

to Jesus Christ because they see your goodness (MT 5:16) JN 3:21)

g) faithfulness; This involves our faithfulness to God, in keeping our faith in him through Jesus Christ regardless

of what situations we are in or what happens to us.  We are also to remain faithful to God in what he has

called us to do in advancing the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ (MT 3:8, 10:13, 10:37-38, 13:1-9, 22:8,

Lk 10:7, 21:36).   Then we must be faithful to mankind such as our family, our employers and such in what

we say and what we do and do not break our promises (Dan 6:4, 1Co 4:2, 2Tim 2:2).

h) gentleness; Kindness, consideration, a spirit of fairness and compassion. The apostle Paul declared that

Christians should have a spirit of gentleness toward all people (Philippians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 10:1).  (From 

Nelson's Bible Dictionary)

i) self-control; Adam Clarkes Bible Commentary covers this very well - [Meekness] Prautees. Mildness,

indulgence toward the weak and erring, patient suffering of injuries without feeling a spirit of revenge, an even 

balance of all tempers and passions, the entire opposite to anger.[Temperance] Engkrateia. Continence,

self-government, or moderation, principally with regard to sensual or animal appetites. Moderation in eating, drinking, sleeping, etc. Several very respectable MSS., as D*EFG, with the Vulgate, most copies of 

the Itala and several of the Fathers, add hagneia, chastity. This we are sure cannot be separated from the genuine Christian character, though it may be included in the word engkrateia, continence or moderation,

immediately preceding.

j) Against such there is no law; Adam Clarkes Bible Commentary also covers this very well - Those, whose

lives are adorned by the above virtues, cannot be condemned by any law, for the whole purpose and design

of the moral law of God is fulfilled in those who have theSpirit of God, producing in their hearts and lives the preceding fruits.

By Darryl of this website > For all of the above attributes are about love and it is Love that fulfills the law. 

So if you show love with your heart, actions and words you have fulfilled the law with your love as Jesus

Christ has fulfilled the Law with his love (Mt 5:17, Mk 12:31, Ro 13:8, Gal 6:2).

4)  Crucify the Flesh Galatians 5:24-25

As True Believers in Jesus Christ we no longer live by our fleshly desires, by its nature to sin, with its many

forms of wickedness.  We put away the old man (Romans 6:6), the desires to sin, and the actions of sin.  So

since we put away the Old Man of Sin we walk in the spirit by crucifying all that sins against the Spirit of God. 

We no longer live by our weak emotions that wages war against the spirit of God either.  For the Spirit of

God is not worldly nor, carnal, it can not ever be of the world and the ways of mankind.  So let us show in

our lives and ourconversations that the spirit of God lives in us.

5)  Do not become Conceited Galatians 5:26

Let us not think of our selves more than we actually are (Romans 12:3).  So lets us not be arrogant, because

of our financial status, position, knowledge, or genealogy and so on.  Instead let us always be humble, walk

in humility (Unity through Humility-Phil 2:1-4Humility Cures Worldliness-James 4:7-10). 

So friend if we become conceited as TV preachers do we will provoke those that are not of the Faith, like

the false teachers (TV Evangelist) of today does, with their greediness, their arrogant pride as if they deserve

heaven more than others do, as if they have never sinned.  Their lack of compassion and understanding just

blows my mind for sure.  And then with that the conceited also becomes stumbling blocks to our brothers

and sisters (Romans 14:13, 1Co 8:9) in Jesus Christ just as well to which divides the Body of Jesus Christ

instead of uniting the Body of Jesus Christ (1Co 12:1-31).

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November 09, 2018

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