Let Us Also Keep In Step With The Spirit

The Spirit Empowered Life - Day 135 - Galatians 5:22-26 - Let Us Also Keep In Step With The Spirit - Growing As Disciples

The Spirit Empowered Life – Day 135 – Galatians 5:22-26 – Let Us Also Keep In Step With The Spirit – Growing As Disciples

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. Galatians 5:22-26 (ESV)

Keep In Step

I will keep in step with you. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do what you ask of me. What have I asked of you? Where have I led you? You have asked me to leave my old and sinful life. You have asked me to crucify my flesh along with all its passions and desires because I now belong to Jesus Christ. He is my Savior and Lord. You have asked me to leave conceit and provocation and envy far behind me. That is correct. Where have I been leading you? I will answer that in a way that may be unexpected, at least by me. You have been leading me into a deeper relationship with you. You have been helping me to listen to your voice guiding me through life. You have been leading me into a life of intimacy with you. You have been helping me to rely on you. You have been helping me to place all my faith and hope and trust in you. That is also correct. That is exactly where I have been leading you.

How will you know if you are on track? How will you know if you are keeping in step with me? What will be the outcome of your living in an intimate relationship with me? Your fruit will develop in me. I and others will see that the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control is growing in me. That is true. There are a few things I want you to know. What’s that? My fruit does not grow overnight. As you keep in step with me, my fruit will growly slowly, steadily, and surely. Don’t be impatient. Don’t become discouraged. Know also that it will always be far easier to see my fruit growing in others than in yourself. But as you keep in step with me, have no doubt that my fruit will be growing in you. I will mold you. I will shape you. I will help you to live a life that is pleasing to me. Thank you, Holy Spirit. I will keep in step with you. That will be very good. 

Holy Spirit, I am no longer living according to fleshly passions and desires of this world. Help me to keep in step with you. I want to live by your guidance. Mold and shape me. Develop your fruit within me. Help me to live a life that is fully pleasing to you. Amen

Key Question… What daily choices do you need to continue to make to keep in step with the Holy Spirit?

Living It Out… Keep in step with the Holy Spirit so He can develop His fruit in you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Holy Spirit will develop His fruit in you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are keeping in step with the Holy Spirit.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May the fruit of the Spirit develop in your life as you keep in step with Him.

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Pursue Righteous Living

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 283 - 2 Timothy 2:22-26 - Pursue Righteous Living - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 283 – 2 Timothy 2:22-26 – Pursue Righteous Living – Growing As Disciples

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.  Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.  A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.  Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.  Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. 2 Timothy 2:22-26 (NLT) 

Flee – Pursue

Do you want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to me? Do you want to be powerfully used by me? Do you want to store up treasure in heaven with me? Do you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes, I want all these things to be true in my life. What must I do if I want to live a life that you can and will bless in these ways? That is a very good question. I am glad that you asked that question. You must do two things at the same time if you want to live a life that I can and will bless. You have my full attention. I am listening attentively to you. That’s good. You must flee anything and everything that feeds sinful desires within you. So, I suggest that you take an exhaustive inventory. Closely examine what feeds sinful desires in your life. What are you allowing your eyes to see or ears to hear that will feed sinful desires within you? Ruthlessly eliminate those things from your life. Don’t play around. Don’t delay. Don’t linger. Flee evil of every kind. Don’t allow yourself to be in tempting circumstances. Run as soon and as fast as you can away from what will surely try to allure and entrap you. Am I being clear? Do you fully understand what I am saying? Yes, I understand. That’s good. That is only one thing that you must do if you want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to me. If you only ran away from evil, that would not be nearly enough. Evil would track you down and entice and entrap you. Running away alone will never being enough to escape evil. This world is full of sin and evil and darkness no matter where you go. So, you must pursue me. You must pursue the righteous life that I have called you to live. To say it another way, you will run away from evil as you run to me. By running away from evil you will be resisting the devil and all his evil. By running to me, you will be submitting yourself to me. Then the devil will flee from you. Then you will be able to live the life I have called you to live. Then will you be living a life that I can and will bless. Will you run from evil and pursue me and the life I have for you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will run from anything and everything feeds sinful thoughts, words, and actions in me. I will pursue righteous living. Help me to live a life that is fully pleasing to you. Help me to be patient and kind and loving to all so that I can be a fruitful witness for you. Amen

Key Question…  Why will being impatient and quarrelsome and difficult make you unfruitful as a follower of Christ?

Living It Out… Allow your pursuing righteous living to guide all your thoughts and words and actions.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to lead a fruitful life as you pursue righteous living.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are pursuing righteous living in all you think, say, and do.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you pursue righteous living so you can be a fruitful witness for Jesus Christ.

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Follow The Spirit’s Leading

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 257- Galatians 5:22-26 - Follow The Spirit's Leading - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 257- Galatians 5:22-26 – Follow The Spirit’s Leading – Growing As Disciples

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.  Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. Galatians 5:22-26 (NLT)

Leading You

How will you know if I am leading you? How will you know if you are following me? Those are very good questions. Don’t expect me to answer them for you. Why is that? Why would I answer a question for you when you already know the answer? Why would I answer a question for you when I want to hear the answer from you? You wouldn’t. You haven’t. You won’t. That’s right. So, go ahead and answer my questions. Here goes. I will know if you are leading me and I am following you if your fruit is being developed in my life. You want the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to overflow my life. You want to see this fruit to be fully formed in me.  Yes, I do, there is no doubt about that. This fruit will only form if I am living in an intimate relationship with you. As hard as I could or might try, this fruit will never form in me by my very best efforts. No, it will not. Something else is also true. What’s that? This fruit will only form in me if I have walked away and continue to keep on walking away from my old life in the world. And the only way to walk away from my old life in the world is to fully enter in to living the life that you have secured for me. You broke the power of sin over my life. My old life and all its sin were nailed to the cross and they died there with you. Yes, they did. And now I am following your leading. I am keeping in step with you because my heart and mind and life are focused on you. I am becoming who you called me to be. I am doing what you have asked me to do. Both are true because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. Yes, you do, I can see that. That is how I know that you are leading me, and I am following you. Yes, you do, and that is very good.

Lord, thank you for setting me apart to be one of your followers. Thank you for forgiving my sin and cleansing my unrighteousness. Thank you for purifying my heart and mind. Help me to continually call on you for all that I need. Hear and answer my prayers. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making sure that you keep in step with the Holy Spirit guiding you through life?

Living It Out…  Follow the Holy Spirit’s leading as He develops His fruit within you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Holy Spirit will develop His fruit within you as you keep in step with Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Holy Spirit is leading you as He develops His fruit in you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you follow the Holy Spirit’s leading as He develops His fruit in you.

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Fruit Of The Spirit

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 156 - Galatians 5:22-26 - Fruit Of The Spirit - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 156 – Galatians 5:22-26 – Fruit Of The Spirit – Growing As Disciples

But 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. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:22-26 (NIV)

In Step 

I want your fruit to grow and develop in me. I want all your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to fully flourish in me. That is a very good desire to have in you. How do you suppose this desire came to be yours? This desire does not come from the world. This desire did not originate in me. You placed this desire in my heart and mind. You gave me the desire to live by your Spirit rather than by the thoughts and values and principles of the world. You made it possible for the passions and desires of my old sinful nature to be crucified on the cross with you. The old me no longer lives. You have given me a completely new life to live in you. Yes, that is exactly what I have done for you.

I have noticed something about you. What’s that? You are sometimes impatient. You want to see more progress. You want to see more results. You want to see more of my fruit in your life. There is no doubt about that. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t lose heart. My fruit is growing in you. Day by day and moment by moment, my fruit is steadily and surely growing in you. You may be the last one to recognize the slow and steady and sure growth of my fruit in you. But have faith that my fruit has been and will continue to grow in you. Yes Lord, I will.

There is one way for you to be certain that my fruit is and will continue to grow in you. How is that? You tell me. I will keep in step with your Spirit. I will be attentive to the Spirit’s work in and through me. I will listen to the Spirit’s voice. I will follow His instruction. I will receive His guidance. I will go where I am led. I will do what I am asked. I will certainly continue to leave behind the old and worldly and sinful life I once lived. I will keep on living the new and vibrant and alive life that you have given me to live with and for you. That will be very good. 

Holy Spirit help me to keep in step with you. Help me to live by your Spirit living and working in and through me. Grow your fruit in me. Cause your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to fully flourish in me. Amen

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