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Weekly Devotional 6-17-24 To be Controlled by the Spirit of God; What a Blessing!

Weekly Devotional 6-17-24 To be controlled by the Spirit of God; What a Blessing!

In his letter to the Galatians, chapter 5, the apostle Paul instructed the believers about a proper walk before the Lord contrasting the wants of the flesh (the old nature) with the practices that are lived by those who are led by the Holy Spirit of God. Paul wrote that those of the old nature live lives that are subject to the desires of their unrefined nature. He wrote: “19Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like”

And then in contrast he wrote of what those filled with the Holy Spirit enjoy. He wrote: “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentle[1]ness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. What a blessing!

Paul’s encouragement to such folks was/is If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Verse 25). By contrast, the sentence of those who live by the dictates and control of their old nature is “they who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (verse 21b). Now some may ask, Why? Because they were not truly saved, they were/are still in their sins. The unredeemed cannot be in the presence of God. Paul addressed this well in another of his letters. His second letter to the Corinthian church. He wrote: “11 O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are 2 restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open. 14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.’ 17 Therefore ‘Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.’ ‘18 I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.” (2nd Corinthians 6:11-18).

Our encouragement is, God by His mercy and grace has brought us out of spiritual darkness, breathed into us new spiritual life, and secured us. He holds us safe in His hands.

Steve

 

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