Grace For The Journey
Throughout this week we have looked at our glorious freedom in Christ! We have seen the challenge of this life, the consequences of not living this life, and the conquest that God has provided to allow us to live this life. In today’s blog, we will conclude this topic by looking at how we cultivate this kind of life.
Our Cultivation: An Exhortation to Walk by the Spirit.
The Bible says in Galatians 5:25, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
Since the emphasis is clearly on the fruit of the Spirit, the need is the cultivation of the spiritual walk. In this verse Paul a marvelous condition and a magnificent contrast of this life of freedom.
Since regeneration is a work of the Spirit of God (something man cannot do)
So also is daily sanctification, resurrected, transformed living.
The word “walk” is stoicheo literally means “to be in rows (of waves, plants, and men), to walk in line and keep in step (especially of marching in file to battle).” We are to keep in step with the Spirit. Step by step our walk is to conform to the Spirit’s control, enablement, and direction.
Our Challenge: Exhortations Against Non-Loving One Another Actions
The Bible says in Galatians 5:26, “Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.”
When actions like these exist in our lives, it is clear evidence that we are not walking by the Spirit. Regardless of what we claim to know or believe, when we are acting like this, we are not serving by love and walking by the Spirit.
This then is the way to experience true freedoms in Christ
And express true love and service to one another.
By faith in the finished work of Christ, by our identification in Him, and by the ministry and power of the Spirit of God, God sets us free from the domination of sinful habits and lives of selfishness!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”