Fruit Of The Spirit – 8 – Galatians 5:25 – Decide

Welcome. If this is your first time here, I thank you for deciding to join me. You could be a thousand other places, but you came here. So let’s finish this up, shall we? Let’s go to Galatians 5:25, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit.”

Wait, wait, wait. I can’t get a few lines of a song out of my head, “I have decided to follow Jesus… I have decided to follow Jesus….., I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back…. no turning back.”

I just had to throw that in there.

Let’s review the fruit of the Spirit.

We learned from Galatians 5:22-23 that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

These are all good things, wouldn’t you agree? They are all positive things. The Bible tells us that against these things, there is no law. No law has been crafted or passed against the fruit of the Spirit because they are good things.

We have spent several days looking at the fruit of the Spirit and our sins and what we should do with them. The great thing is God is interested in every part of your life. Did you know that? He wants to be a part of your life in every way.

As we’re living by the Holy Spirit, we need to be submitting every aspect of our lives to God.

What does that mean exactly?

Let’s think about these areas of our lives for a moment.

We are basically comprised of four primary areas – Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical. Take these one step further, and you also have vocational, social, and intellectual.

God is interested in ALL those areas of your life. He does not look at you and decide your emotional state is too challenging for Him. God doesn’t decide one day; you are too intellectual for Him. He wants to be a part of all areas of your life. If we have a loving God who wants to be a part of our lives, why do we spend so much time and effort trying to keep Him out?

Go back to the advocate in our corner.

God is our biggest fan. He loves us when no one else does.

Why do people compromise on this and allow others to lead them down the wrong path? As the verse above states, if we live by the Spirit, let us also behave.

When we asked Jesus to live in our hearts, we chose to follow Him. With that comes the Holy Spirit and a source of a new life. Keep in step with his leading, not some joe schmoe in the newspapers or television.

If you are paying attention to what is happening in our world today, you will see it continues to worsen. We need the Lord more than ever, but we have to be willing to turn to Him and repent of our sins. The way it looks right now, many are digging their heels in, which tells me they do not intend to turn to God but instead continue on the disastrous path.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 7 that narrow is the path that leads to life, and broad is the road that leads to destruction.

What will you do? Live by the Spirit and search for the narrow path, or live according to your flesh and walk the broad road?

Let’s pray

Lord, with each lesson, it becomes more and more apparent what we should do. With each lesson, it becomes more and more apparent to me that I need you in my life. I cannot live this life without you, Lord. I’m thankful I don’t have to go through this life alone. If someone reading this today doesn’t know you, Lord, or doesn’t know where to begin, may the Holy Spirit move them today to seek answers. If someone reading this today needs prayer, may they be bold and seek out a close friend or family member willing to lift them in prayer. Thanks, Lord! You’re number one in my book! In your Son’s name, I pray, Amen.

“I have decided to follow Jesus… I have decided to follow Jesus….., I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back…. no turning back.”

In His Service
The Teaching Lady

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