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Keep In Step With The Spirit

Galatians 5:25

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

I remember growing up – trying to keep in step with my dad. One time I remember going out in the snow to get wood for the fire. I tried to step where he stepped (the snow was deep). I tried to make his strides but because the snow was so deep I fell over trying to make his huge strides. But I got up and tried again and again.

I was cutting the grass over the weekend and one of my granddaughters wanted to come out and ride the tractor with Pop. She apparently made a fuss to do so because on one pass I saw Carolyn holding her and her holding out her arms to Pop. I couldn’t resist and pulled over. She helped me cut the remainder of the front yard – at one point clinging to her Pop because she was so tired. She wanted to help Pop.

Trying to keep in step with the Spirit is like me trying to keep in step with my dad or my granddaughter trying to help her Pop. Trying to keep in step with the Spirit is an awesome task. It is what we are called to do – yet it will meet with failures along the way.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Galatians 5:19–26 – 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.

Keeping in step with the Holy Spirit means denying self and following Jesus. It means putting the sins of the flesh away and following the fruit of the Spirit. It means taking giant steps to obey and follow the Spirit’s leading. We are called to crucify the flesh with its passions and desires – while keeping in step with the Spirit.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are the steps we should take – these are the witness the people of God should be giving the world.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

October 23, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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