Because He loves us Heâs patient with us. And, by the way, nobody has arrived. Do we understand that? Thereâs nothing brash about it. Jesus said, âBy this shall all men know that youâre My disciples,â not by the fact that you gave a $100,000 last year, oh no; not by the fact that you came to church 17 times out of 19 times, opportunities; no! I do not mean by this that you never, 14:17; Phil. The lowing of the oxen. 24. When I refuse to acknowledge Him what happens is my life begins to take a downhill slide. âBy this shall all men know that youâre My disciples,â by the fact that you had 3,000 in services on Sunday. Thatâs Jesus being Jesus in her. This is what Paul is saying to the Galatians. Paul says itâs a stumbling block. And he came to me one day as I was attempting to try to explain the difference in the contrasts, and he said, âWayne, itâs so simple.â He said, âA jeweler knows that if youâre going to enhance a beautiful stone, you get the blackest black that you can findâ. Itâs incredible. Lead me willingly, lead me.â. The apostle PaulâI love this man! And thatâs the way it is in life. Jn 21:16, âHe said to him again a second time, âSimon, son of John, do you love Me?ââ Do you love Me committed to Me that you would die for Me? What have they done? The reason governments have been so harsh many times has been because of the characteristics of believers. So heâs already talking to believers here. Gal 5:19-21 talks about the flesh: âNow the deeds of the flesh are evident,â now listen to them, âimmorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealously, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,â and then he says, âenvying, drunkenness and carousing,â not very pretty. Weâre trying to add baptism, some people are. These are the people who said, âOh, isnât it wonderful to be under grace, party hardy! Paul says if you buy into the fact that circumcision; and, by the way, heâs not down on circumcision. All of these words describe the relationships in the Galatian churches. Two things, first of all is hateful attitudes, and secondly is hostile actions. So heâs not saying you lose your salvation. As a matter of fact, that is huge about grace. The sensual deception of the flesh. I mean, it is rage. There are no true relationships possible. The King James translation says faith. He knows that Jesus already knows the answer. By the way, do you know anybody like that? âHe that is led by the Spirit,â if you are led by the Spirit, he says, âyouâre not under the law.â Now that term âledâ means to be willingly led. âBut if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.â. It cannot come back to haunt you. He has unplugged that plug. 15:13; Rom. I just thought that was so interesting because you know the devil himself knows what musicâs all about. Theyâre very unstable people. Youâve gone back to doing it your way and because of this youâre going to start experiencing things you didnât even know were part of the package. Thatâs when the gifts of the Spirit begin to operate, the service gifts in the body of Christ. Thatâs no problem.â. Man, if we could just get our act straight. (3) As fruit on a tree takes Those who commit these works of the flesh shall not âFor rebellionâ âwhich means Iâm not going to honor You God in my life. So how do you know youâre walking in the Spirit? I mean, this is so good. This is better than the Holy Spirit of God living in our life. controlled by the flesh. He came that we might live through Him. The word âwalkâ is the word peripateo. I guarantee youâll mess up in one of them. Theyâll tear down somebody else to make themselves look good. How did Christ do this? And then God tenderizes your heart. What we do is whatâs best for us, never whatâs best for somebody else. Galatians 5:22, he adds, âBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,â and then he says âfaithfulness.â. Do you understand that when God begins to surface sin itâs a beautiful thing? It points to the nine characteristics that are mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23, then tells us theyâre in a cluster. All of a sudden it just goes out the window, and you wonder, âWhat happened? Weâre not going to have an animal in here and have an animal sacrifice. Itâs just Christ being who He is. Maturity, and thatâs not age by the way, folks, maturity in the Christian life is when we walk by faith. And look what he says, âAnd insubordinationââthe unwillingness on a manâs heart to say yes to God and acknowledge Him and His Wordâis as sin or iniquity and idolatry. The agenda of the Spirit that is in opposition to the agenda of the flesh also has a methodology to it. You know what they did? commit these sins, those people whose basic character is summed up in the If weâre believers weâve already been judged at the cross, but our works are going to be judged and are being judged and there are consequences of it even right now. But if weâre not walking that way, if we have chosen not to willingly be led by His Spirit in our hearts, then we donât have a clue what worship is all about. You say, âWayne, I have a son, I have a daughter thatâs fallen into this trap. The Christian church in the 21st century has come so far from what it means to be a Christian we wouldnât recognize one if we saw one. I know and youâre being redeemed. Itâs part of the package. Isnât it amazing how the flesh makes us think that lust and love are the same thing? What heâs saying is, would that they castrate themselves. 1:11). We live in a day when numbers are everything to people and weâve given up the very thing that draws people. selfish ambition. (5) âKindnessâ: Tender concern He said, âThrow the nets on the other side of the boat.â Well, they did and somebody in the group said âHey, thatâs Jesus,â and Peter got so excited he jumped out of the boat. And most of you know very well what Iâm talking about. Itâs not that word meta, because if it was we could lose our salvation; you could use this very verse to show that you could lose your salvation. The devil sits back and laughs when the body of Christ does not walk by the Spirit of God. Itâs kind of like, well listen, if Heâs already defeated it why do you let it defeat you now? But God sent someone to come along side me and straighten me out. It obligates. You say, why so much review? Itâs the only time. He describes immature believers that wonât come out of the nursery in the Corinthian church. He says, âWho hindered you from obeying the truth?â Now there are two things that you have to observe immediately. What happens is we become so deceived by walking after the flesh we donât really know what true worship is. Do you believe that? But he says in Gal 5:10, âI have confidence in youâ not really in them, âin the Lord.â He has confidence in the Lord, âthat they will adopt no other view.â But then he gives a stern warning to those people who are bringing that religious flesh mindset into the church, he gives a warning. And when they take the verb out of it, it means donât ever forget this. fruit to develop, all nine aspects of the fruit of the spirit must mature. I taught the deeper truth, but you couldnât understand it because you were a baby. He doesnât love Him enough to die for Him. that results from confidence in oneâs saving relationship with Christ. So you donât want to go that route. In other words, on this, when youâre running well and youâre in the right lane and youâre on the right track youâre being persuaded by Godâs word, which is changing your behavior. When youâve messed up in one youâve just shown yourself a failure. Heâs reminding them that they were not believers because of some self effort. Itâs how He looks at you and I. Youâre going to have to use a gimmick to keep them. Itâs every step. I donât care, positionally, what I can say I am. And then on the seventh day walk around seven times. Galatians 5:7 says, âYou were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?â Now the first thing that he talks about deceptionâand there are three things we need to learn about deceptionâfirst of all, it happens when you least expect it. You see the difference? When you look at the cross the only reason Jesus had to come and die on the cross was because men could not attain the standard that God required. The peril, you can lose it if by choosing to go back to your flesh, by having to do it your way instead of Godâs way. When youâre experiencing Jesus it can happen in an instant. But thereâs a lot of people havenât figured that out yet in the church. He gave me a choice. But that word âpursueâ means to get on a trail and to pursue something until you have captured what it is that youâre pursuing. And you know what? But the second thing I want to show you in this verse is the common confusion to all of us, the confusion that is common to all believers. governed by the Spirit. My goodness! God is more concerned with relationships than He is anything else we do for Him, because that is the signal that weâre walking in the Spirit of God. It 2:24). The flesh has no good goal to it even though we think it does. Thatâs divine. They have never been born from above. Flesh causes all of our relationships to become fake and counterfeit. Thatâs a hostile action thatâs built from a hateful attitude. What is it that makes me feel good and it so deceives us we get off the path? Weâve got the inward effectiveness: weâve got love, joy and peace. 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