When I write these, I try to NOT make them sound like rants or attacks against any one. If they do, I apologize. I merely desire, like the Apostle Paul, that all come to Christ. These blogs are like letters, of sorts, to encourage, to exhort, and to examine ourselves.
With that said… “Are you truly lead by the Spirit.. or do you THINK you are?”
“What do you mean by that Mike? Who are you to question me about this!”
Because there are those of us “Christians” that walk after our own lead, not after that of which Christ has called us to follow Him. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 (KJV)
Paul said, “Do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:4).
How do you know the difference? “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (v. 5).
Plain and simple…If you are setting EVERYTHING on Christ, you are walking in the Spirit…
But, if you are thinking selfishly..you own desires, what YOU can get out of it… Then you are walking according to the desires of the flesh.
I’m not saying I’m perfect..I am far from that, aside from being complete in Christ Jesus..
But when we are forwarding our own agenda “in the name of Jesus”… then we are like those in 2 Timothy 3:2-7 “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
I don’t know about you, but I never want to be there.
Walking in the spirit, we have the fruits that manifest themselves in US…
They are in Galatians 5:22-23 ” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Is that you? Are you following the Spirit? Are you looking after your own desires, or those of Christ who set the path before you?
Are you in a church and working on your own agenda, trying to get your ministry past the pastor? Are you up in arms every time someone crosses your path?
Is your ministry centered….CHRIST centered??
If you can be described in any way that Galatians 5:19-21, then you WILL NOT inherit the Kingdom of God…”The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Don’t be mistaken…you receive Eternal Life when you accept Christ into your life.. but if you live like you lived BEFORE you received Him.. You did it for nothing…
I know this little study on Galatians is a little “catty wompus” but I am writing like the Spirit gives it,.
Galatians 5:13-15 ” You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”
Are you using your church authority to further a ministry? Are you going to church to impress other church goers, acting holier than thou because you haven’t missed a Sunday?
Is it all about the music, the ambiance…or is it all about Jesus?
See it isn’t about the fancy church we go to, or the clothes we dress in to get there… it isn’t about the thumping Praise and Worship music, and how many people showed up.
If you are in Church every Sunday but haven’t talked to ONE PERSON about Jesus during the week? You might as well stay in bed.
If you have 3 dozen ministries with lots of people in them, and you pushed someone away because they needed a dollar….. YOU MIGHT AS WELL WALK AWAY…
If you are the best deacon in your church, do all the pledges, tithe regularly, but you told a co-worker to shove it when they asked you to switch shifts… THEN YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN THE DRUNKARD just walking out of a bar with a prostitute….
It’s all about Jesus! It’s not about you! It’s not what you can do.. it’s all about what HE does…
It’s not about what He can do for you!!! It’s about what YOU can do for OTHERS!!!!
” If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13
If you are not manifesting the fruits of the Spirit… and do not love.. THEN, you are NOT walking in the SPIRIT…