Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Getting Back In Step

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."  Galatians 5:1

If you are reading this as a citizen of the good ole' USA, then you know how important the word, "freedom" can be.  We who are citizens of this great country are aware of the tremendous cost of our freedoms and we often spend serious moments thinking of those who have given their lives to defend our country.  It is imperative for us to continue in freedom.  We were born with our freedom and none of us is interested in losing it.

Paul wrote to the Galatians about freedom.  The verse above indicates we Christians have been set free by Jesus.  Because that freedom is ours through Christ, then we should always be ready and alert as we "stand firm," not allowing ourselves to face the burden of Satan's slavery.

A lot of Paul's letter to the Galatian Christians, has to do with God's children walking in the Spirit. Look at what Paul has to say, starting in Galatians 5:16,  " So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. "  And again in verse 25. "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."

These encouraging words are given so we can learn to walk in the Spirit,  (I like this part) and keep in step with the Spirit.  Walking and keeping in step can be a challenge, especially when we think of the many ways Satan tempts us. He can make sin look so appealing.  He can and will place obstacles in our way.  He can even get us squabbling among ourselves and bring havoc to our unity and freedom. The only sure way for Satan to be defeated is for us to continually walk and keep in step with the Spirit of Christ.  

We have seen in previous studies how the Holy Spirit leads and directs us, comforts and helps us, and keeps us yearning for Christ-likeness.  My encouragement for you today is to continue to walk in the Spirit, and check from time to time to make sure you and keeping in step with the Spirit.

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