Living by the Spirit
Daily Bible Reading – Job 31, 32; Galatians 5, 6
Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 5:16-26
Most of us know that one of the goals of Christianity is to live a Christ-like life. For followers of Christ, this should be on our minds and in our hearts every single day as we attempt to live a life the way God wants us to live. The problem is that as humans, we are constantly bombarded with sinful desires. These evil thoughts skew our perceptions and try to lead us down the wrong path.
Today’s key passage discusses the two distinct ways we can choose to live our lives. We can live our lives by the flesh, or we can live by the Spirit. When we live by the flesh, we choose to put the things of this world above the things of God, and we become enslaved by sinful things. True freedom as a follower of Christ comes in living by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit inside of us gives us the power to overcome the sinfulness of human beings. It gives us the power to walk in step with God and to glorify Him through our witnesses. On our own, we do not have the power or the strength to rid ourselves of all evil desires. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can overcome the things of the flesh and truly live a Christ-like life. To do this, we must be decisive when it comes to sin – we must crucify it.
In yesterday’s reading, we discussed justification. We learned that we are justified or saved by God not through our works but by His grace. Today, we are talking about sanctification. Sanctification is the ongoing process of the Holy Spirit living within us to help us live our lives as God intended. This progressive work gives us more and more freedom from the sinful desires of the flesh. When we learn to live by the Spirit, we become more like Christ. When we crucify sinful things and die to our sinful desires, we can start to live for Christ. Seek out the fruits of the Spirit – “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control“. When these characteristics reign in our lives, we will know why we are here and can fulfill our purpose in the Kingdom of God.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.