Galatians 5:16-17, 22-25
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Freedom in Christ if not clearly explained might mislead us and therefore Paul clarifies the spiritual freedom we receive as a people saved by the grace of God. As humans, we like to establish boundaries to know where we can operate and what is out of bounds. While this might be the case, as broken as we are, some of us like to work on the edge of these boundaries and when challenged argue our way out of it. For example when we have a speed limit on the road, the purpose is to ensure safety of all who use the public road and the keyword stated with the speed limit is ‘Maximum’. However, we like to use it as a gauge of what speed we can drive at and we generally drive around that speed or higher, seldom lower. How then does the spiritual freedom operate and how do we exercise it?

Overcoming sin such as that mentioned above is a real challenge because as hard as we try, we fail. However, when we are saved by the grace of God, we are in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit and it steers us away from sin because it desires to serve God and not Satan. The fruits of the Holy Spirit evident in us are listed in the passage above and it shows that there is no room for sin. When we are confronted by sin, we know it because we are reminded by the Holy Spirit and our response should be to run away from it because if we court sin, we cannot serve God. When I am reminded by the Holy Spirit about doing something that is not pleasing to God, I submit myself into God’s hands and run from it. Satan attacks us in very subtle ways and walking close to God helps us hear His voice which directs us away from sin. This is hard for me to talk about because I know my brokenness and my propensity to sin but I also know that Christ has won the victory and as long as I am His, I am protected.

In His Loving Service,

Romans 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

  1. bajanpoet says:

    I’m glad for this post. Will marinate on it. I need to continue focusing on walking in the Spirit…. Thanks….

    • ServantBoy says:

      Robert, Thank you for your visit and comment and I pray that as you marinate on God’s word, you will come out ripe and fruitful to Him to serve Him with your everything. Praying for you and your family. Vineet

  2. Vineet, you wrote His truth in this. One can feel it right through the type. 🙂 One of my pastors told us that he wasn’t going to tell us everything we should and shouldn’t do. Instead he said for us to ask ourselves the question before doing something . . .is this drawing me closer to God? If it isn’t, don’t do it. ! God bless you and your family as you serve Him faithfully! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie, Thank you for concurring that this message is what God would have us understand. It’s wonderful to have family like you in my Christian walk who constantly support, encourage and push us on to keep seeking Him. I praise God for showing me my wonderful family in Him through you. I will keep asking myself the same question your pastor encouraged your Church to ask themselves. Blessings sister, Vineet

  3. blesseddad says:

    I totally agree wit you on this, there were several things that jumped out at me, “if we court sin, we cannot serve God” which of course reminds me “no man can serve two masters”. I know this was a Spirit written message, as it is so clear and concise. I have a self check I try to run by myself frequently that is similar to Deb’s, I ask myself, does this glorify God? He will always give us the answer. God Bless

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim, Thank you for seeing the light of the gospel through the eyes of the Holy Spirit rather than in your human eyes. We certainly cannot live dual lives serving 2 masters and expect to get by and I find that very difficult because my sinful self revels in it’s own desires while my spirit longs for communion with my maker! It is a battle that will end in death of my flesh and all I can do is like Moses holding up his staff, I hold on to God’s word to the end. Blessings to you and yours Brother, Vineet

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