Daily Devotion for October 26, 2016

'Follow the Spirit!'

Galatians 5:13-26, 6:5,7-10 NLT
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another!

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another...For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, don't forget “you have been called to live in freedom...freedom to serve one another in love.” Though we have the Holy Spirit and our old sin natureconstantly fighting each other, we are tofollow the SPIRIT's leading in every part of our lives.” That means no matter what someone says or does to us, wefollow the Spirit’s leading...For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” That means no matter what's going on, we “live to please the Spirit”...so we “will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit!”

Holy Spirit, enable us to NAIL “the passions and desires of (our) sinful nature to His cross and” CRUCIFY “them there!” Help us live by You, andfollow (Your) leading in every part of our lives”---no more sin nature justifications and excuses! Moreover, we ask for Your strength and Your big picture understanding, so we Believers do “not get tired of doing what is good!”

We ask this in the Son's name...that we more and more crucify self and live by the Spirit!


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