Galatians 5:26-6:5

Paul launches into the first practical implications of walking by the Spirit.  The Spirit-led man will interact with others differently than the man who walks on his own.  The one who walks by the Spirit will not think much of himself – he will not be boastful or challenging or envious.  Even more, he will […]

Conversation with the Holy Spirit

Me:   I know I’m not supposed to worry, but it’s really hard not to right now.  The whole world seems to be losing its collective mind.  Everything is changing; everything seems to be getting worse.  And the coming months could turn my whole life upside down. HS:    Yes they could. Me:   I’m not normally a […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness, Self-Control

See the study on Love and Joy for a full introduction to our continuing study of the Fruit of the Spirit.  One paragraph from that introduction bears repeating here: The intent of this study is not to send us out to work hard at bearing fruit.  It is impossible to simply decide to be gentle […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Peace & Patience

See the study on Love and Joy for a full introduction to our continuing study of the Fruit of the Spirit.  One paragraph from that introduction bears repeating here: The intent of this study is not to send us out to work hard at bearing fruit.  It is impossible to simply decide to be peaceful […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Love & Joy

Paul said in 5:16 that if we walk by the Spirit we will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  It follows then that if we walk by the Spirit we WILL bear its fruit.  The Christian life is not just a matter of what we avoid or what we are not.  It is […]

Galatians 5:16-25 Part 2

In Part 1 of our study of this text we discussed that verse 16 is the key to life.  Getting to a place where we WILL NOT carry out the desire of the flesh solves most problems in life.  We went through the rest of the text to find out how to walk by the […]

Galatians 5:16-25 (Part 1)

This text holds the key to all of life.  Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  In one short statement Paul solves all our problems.  If we do not carry out the desire of the flesh – if we do not sin – all life’s issues that […]

Thought for Today 8/5/20

In that resurrection morning, when the Sun of Righteousness shall appear in the heavens, shining in all his brightness and glory, he will come forth as a bridegroom; he shall come in the glory of his Father, with all his holy angels. That will be a joyful meeting of this glorious bridegroom and bride indeed. […]

Galatians 5:13-15

Paul shifts gears.  After spending almost the entire letter defending the gospel from the heresy of the false teachers and laying out a case for freedom in Christ versus slavery to the Law, he now elaborates on what it means to live in the freedom he defends.  He wants to make sure his readers understand […]