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Walk By The Spirit

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We are almost doe with our study. Praise God.
It has been a long journey. Last we talked about Christ has set us free. Not just free from, from slavery but free to, free to follow after him.
Paul had erged us to “Stand Firm” in our faith.
He pressed hard on not turing back to the “yoke of slavery”.
We have been set free in Christ.
The Galatians were free at one point but they slipped back into slavery when the judizers came up and falsely taught the Gospel to them.
Paul is drilling home this idea of freedom.
Tonight hr continues on this idea but he goes deeper. He’s still opporting out of faith based freedom but he’s adding to it.
Now, he’s not adding to the Gospel but rather going deeper or expanding on what the Gospel is and how it operates.
He ended last week with, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” How do we do that just plainly out of faith?
I am so glad you asked that question. Let’s dive into and Paul will answer this for us.

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Galatians 5:16–26 ESV
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

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Galatians 5:16a ESV
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Paul starts off with a command. We are called to walk by the Spirit. This meaning just that, allow the Spirit to lead.
Submit to the Spirit.
Paul starts with this command but in this very command it yields a promise. A promise that states, “and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
This meaning quit simply what is says,
“You and I will not fall victim to our sinful desires so long as we first let the Spirit lead.”
This is an imperative or crucial part of our Christian walk.
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Galatians 5:17 ESV
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
The flesh and the Spirit are always opposed to each other. It’s like oil and water. They don’t mix well with each other. In fact, they don’t mix at all!
When made the decision to follow Christ, our old self dies and we are reborn new. Our heart is regenerated.
We receive the Spirit.
This process of dying to the old self and going forward in the new is known as the greek word Sarx.
In fact, Ephesians say’s this about it.
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Ephesians 4:22 ESV
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,
Our old self or the flesh is no longer the driving force. Now we are filled with the Spirit. And so they fight for control.
Let’s be honest, that is an easy fight won by the Spirit so long as we follow and allow the Spirit to lead.
Let’s turn over to .
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Romans 7:15–20 ESV
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Romans
Paul gets and understands the struggle between the flesh and the Spirit.
The spiritual life will not be maintained without a struggle.
Want to hear something crazy, it is good to be wrestling with sin. That shows that you are doing your best to let the Spirit lead.
Is it easy to let the Spirit lead? No. It’s hard.
Why is that? Because of our nature. We will to do evil. We will to do the desires of our flesh.
He goes on to say further in the next chapter of Romans,
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Romans 8:7 ESV
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
Romans
This is us before we have been saved. Before we were saved, we could not submit to God. It was not in our nature.
Back to Galatians, look what Paul say’s next,
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Galatians 5:18 ESV
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
That is comforting. Extremely comforting.
If we are led by the Spirit, we are not under the law. This is the same law that Paul has argued against in .
His main argument here is that we must understand that we have been set free!
Set free to not only from enslavement but to Christ. Freedom to allow Christ to guide us, to dwell in us.
Paul says that we have been set free.
At the end of Paul said we must love. Love our neighbor as ourself. We can only do this by allowing the Spirit to take point and lead.
By walking by the Spirit, we are no longer subject to do what is in the flesh.
Maybe this illustration will help.
When we are born, we wore diapers. Why?
We were not potty trained.
Now let me ask you this question, since we are now obviously potty trained, do we have a need to wear diapers?
Other than wearing them for fashion reasons, which I won’t judge if you do, we have no need for them now.
This is the same with the law.
What good is the command, Thou Shall Not Murder if you are allowing the Spirit to lead and the Spirit has taken away your desire to anger?
Do you see how the law stacks up to us walking by the Spirit?
If the Spirit is not leading, then we are simply operating out of ourselves, our flesh.
When I lived back East, there was awhile that my truck was acting up. As I would accelerate, it would do this weird shudder thing and kind of skip a bit and then finally shift gears.
I figured something was up but i wasn’t sold.
Then one day, on my dashboard, the check engine light comes on. Then and there I thought that’s a bit odd but it also justified to me that something was in fact wrong with my truck.
So I take it in, easy fix. Apparently my transmission fluid was low and my transmission was struggling to change gears.
They fixed it, that light went off.
Something else that pops up on my dashboard is the maintenance required light. This one I know. Happens every 4,00 miles. Time for an oil change.
Even though my dashboard isn’t complex, there are plenty of warning lights letting me know something is wrong.
Paul is about to give us a dashboard if you will of what to look for when it comes to knowing if we are operating out of our flesh.
Galatians 5:19–21 ESV
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-22
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Galatians 5:19 ESV
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
These are all obvious dashboard lights in our life, sins in our life that show that we are in fact operating our of the flesh.
They are actually broken up into 4 different categories.
The first being the sexual sins.
We have sexual immorality - things like fornication, pornography, prostitution.
Impurity - unclean thoughts, words, actions, jokes.
Sensuality - shameless, open, or brazen displays of these evils.
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Galatians 5:20 ESV
idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
The next category is religious sins. There is two of them.
These being Idolatry - worshiping other gods, idols, can also relate to out time, money, sports, school, anything apart from God.
The second is Sorcery or Witchcraft.
Next Paul moves into the Societal or Society based sins. He lists 8 of them here.
These being, Enmity or Hatred, Strife, Jealousy, that ones is rampid amidst us isn't it?
Fits of Anger - outbursts, rage, usually stems fro jealousy.
Rivalries or Selfish Ambitions
Dissensions - arguing over issues that cause hateful divisions.
Divisions or Factions - same as dissensions in a away. Rather it stems from dissensions.
Lastly, Envy..
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Galatians 5:21 ESV
envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
The last two fall under the category of Alcohol.
He starts with Drunkeness - excessive drinking, not just the state of being drunk.
He moves into Orgies or better, Carousing - this meaning unruly parties. Things involving excessive drinking, or even eating, might think about that one.
One thing that really stands out is how Paul ends this section. He says, “and things like these.”
It’s like if Paul maybe forgot to mention one that you’re dealing with write now, just add it to the list.
So in reality, this list is incomplete. Whatever in your life is causing you to give into your fleshly desires, add it to the list.
He then gets bold here and gives a warning. Not just any warning but a strong warning.
“Those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
He is actually quoting Jesus from .
Now it sounds like you could possibly loose your salvation right? Wrong, God does not operate this way.
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What Paul is actually communicating is, if you would rather live through the flesh than walk by the Spirit, maybe you aren't a child of God in the first place. Maybe you weren’t actually converted when you prayed that prayer.
Mark 7:21–22 ESV
For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
Do you see the boldness in that statement?
Lets chat here for a bit and get honest. When we make that decision to be saved, when we make that decision to follow Christ, wherever we are in that moment,
If you truly accept Him, I mean truly with your heart, you are saved before you even pray that prayer.
I honestly believe that if God has called you and by the grace of God he has, I truly believe that you can not simply just walk away. Like I said in the beginning tonight, the Spirit will always trump the flesh.
Now that we have a clear lens for what operating in the flesh is, Paul shift and begins to unwrap what walking by the Spirit will look like.
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Galatians 5:22–24 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:22–23 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
First off, this fruit, “the fruit of the Spirit”, it is not produced by a believer. It is produced by the Holy Spirit.
This is important to understand. If you understand this, then you will understand the wait of why Paul stressed so much in verse 16 to “walk by the Spirit”.
Think of it this way,
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John 15:1–8 ESV
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
John 15:4–5 ESV
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:4-
Again, this is imperative. This is why Paul says it in verse 16 and again in verse 18, “Walk by the Spirit”.
We must abide in the Spirit or else we will not bear fruit. in verse 6 of John, Jesus then says,
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John 15:6 ESV
If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to wither and be thrown into the fire.
What Jesus says, rather what Paul said in verse 21 about “not inheriting the kingdom of heaven”, is what Jesus taught.
We must allow the Spirit to lead.
I am guilty of this prayer but so many times I hear people inviting the Spirit in, inviting God into this place. How backwards is that prayer?
We should be praying, God, allow me to follow. Lead, lead me well. That’s what we should be praying.
Something else to think about when it comes to the “fruit of the Spirit” is it operates in unity. You can not poses one without the others.
Another thing to think about, which gets me all giddy is, if we allow the spirit to lead and it starts bearing fruit in us, we are simply continuing to live out Christ’s life threw our own.
How freaking rad is that? Like com on. If you that isn’t stirring your affections, I don’t know what will.
When we study the life of Christ, we see Him living through “the fruits of the Spirit”.
Galatians 5:22
As we role through these, as I breakdown each one, ask yourself, how did Christ reflect that one?
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Galatians 5:22–23 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Paul starts off with Love. Love is the foundation of the other graces.
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1 John 4:19n ESV
We love because he first loved us.
Next is Joy - deep abiding inner rejoicing which is promised to those who abide in Christ.
Peace - bIt is an inner repose and quietness, even in the face of adverse circumstances.
Patience - It entertains no thoughts of retaliation even when wrongfully treated.
Kindness - Same action God displays towards sinners. We too must display this action to others.
Goodness - both uprightness and doing good to others.
Faithfulness - the quality of a person being trustworthy or reliable.
Gentleness - A person who is submissive to God’s word and is considerate of others when discipline is needed.
Self- Control - Curbing the fleshly impulse just described above.
He then states, there is no law against these.
There is a reason why Paul called it “fruits of the Spirit” and not works of the Spirit. Thes trump the law.
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Galatians 2
Galatians 5:24 ESV
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
There was a week when we talked about being co-heirs with Christ. In that same way, our flesh or sinful desires and passions were crucified with Christ.
They have been judged already. Jesus just paid for them. He took the wrath from our judgement.
Remember what Paul said in ?
Galatians 2:20 ESV
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
We have been made free to follow and submit to the Spirit. We can walk in freedom. Freedom from enslavement, freedom from the flesh, freedom from our selfish desires.
We have been made free to follow and submit to the Spirit. We can walk in freedom. Freedom from enslavement, freedom from the flesh, freedom from our selfish desires.
We walk in Faith.
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Galatians 5:25–26 ESV
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:25 ESV
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Let me ask you this, do we just practice walking in the Spirit?
Let me ask you this, do we just practice walking in the Spirit?
Do we just chose one day to walk in it and another to not?
No!
Paul say, “live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”
We must allow the Spirit to lead not only daily but for the rest of our life. We must allow it to be the driving force day in and day out.
Call on it, seek it, follow it, trust in it.
We start by daily dying to ourselves and seeking council in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:26 ESV
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Galatains 5:26
Paul ends this a little weird. But what he is doing is simply transitioning his thought. It’s a quick reminder to not give into the fleshly desires.
Not just in the world but also in our churches.
The Galatians were becoming conceited, they were starting to provoke one anther. They were jealous against each other.

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We are the church. We are the body of Christ.
If we as believers are not walking instep with the Spirit, how can the church as a whole walk in step with the Spirit?
it very much starts with you and your heart. You have to make the decision to let the Spirit lead. Then by the power of God, through letting the Spirit lead, it will reflect God’s glory to other’s around you.
It will begin to not only shape and mold your life but also shape and mold those around you.
Imagine if you are apart of a church that is following the Spirit, walking with the Spirit, Seeking the Spirit. How much mightier would that church be for the kingdom?
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