#413 - KEEP IN STEP WITH THE SPIRIT - (11/8/21)
During this LEARNING TO HEAR series I’m taking a different approach to these devotionals. I want to us work harder at searching the scriptures for ourselves. We will use the ‘Come to Jesus Daily’ method below to help us with this. It’s well worth the hard work involved!
‘Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.’ (Galatians 5:25)
I’ve included my reflections on today’s text below. However, I encourage you to pray and spend time reflecting (writing can be helpful) using the 5 questions below before reading my thoughts.
i. †GOSPEL - 'Gaze on the cross'- What does this text reveal about salvation through Jesus?
ii. UP – What does this text say about God – His worth, character, attributes, will, promises…?
iii. IN – What does this say about me, the church and how we are to relate? Is there a promise to believe, command to do, attitude to have, something to avoid, is there forgiveness to seek or give?
iv. OUT – What does this say about my community and mission?
v. DO - This has two components. Firstly, list as many possible ways that you can think of that one might apply the text (actions or attitudes). Secondly, hear - Pray about how the Holy Spirit is leading you, specifically, to respond.
This text (It’s worth reading 5:16-26) paints a picture of life before and after salvation. The thing that has made all the difference is that we now ‘live by the Spirit’. His resurrection power at work in us has transformed our lives from living according to the flesh to living according to the Spirit. By the Spirit, we bear good fruit for God.
The Holy Spirit has ways of living and truths that He wants us to keep in step with. The Holy Spirit wants us to hear His voice and walk with Him.
A church community is destroyed, or is thriving, depending on her response to the Spirit of God. As we keep in step with the Spirit, we will be a community that is rich in the fruit of the Spirit, which is listed as,
‘Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ (Galatians 5:22-23)
Christians are those who ‘live by the Spirit’. We have new life in Christ. This spiritual reality is to inform the decisions that we make. We are to surmise, ‘Since I live by the Spirit I will do… I will not do…this or that’.
Just imagine how a church that bears these fruits would be transformed!
An individual or a church community that is keeping in step with the Spirit and is bearing the fruit of the Spirit will inevitably have a massive impact on the community. Can we be filled with the love of the Spirit and not be praying and doing all we can to ‘go after the lost sheep’?
“Holy Spirit, help me and your church to keep in step with you. May our hearts and lives be in step with your compassion for those who are outside of the Kingdom.”