Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Galatians 5

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.

Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves.

17 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.

18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear:

sexual immorality,


lustful pleasures,

20 idolatry,





outbursts of anger,

selfish ambition,



21 envy,


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.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:








23 gentleness,

and self-control.

There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.

25 Since we are living by the Spirit,

let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives.

26 Let us not become conceited,

or provoke one another,

or be jealous of one another.

Paul is writing to the followers of Jesus living in Galatia.

He contrasts what our lives:

on one hand what our lives look like when following our own thinking, passions, & urges,

on the other hand what our lives look like when we submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit & live in His power & under His direction.

The life characterized by living for ourselves is pretty nasty.

The life in the Spirit is pretty compelling.

The question is which kind of life best describes our own individual lives.

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