Spirit Living

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Our Spirit Living series looked at the individual qualities in Galatians 5:22-23 that comprise the fruit of the Spirit. We looked at practically applying each of these in our lives as well as the challenges we sometimes face that empt us to resist the Spirit of our God.

Self-Sacrifice in the Spirit

Romans 6 talks about baptism as a burial like Christ’s. Paul says we are united with Jesus in a death like His, so we may be raised to a life like His. This frees us from slavery to sin by crucifying our former selves that were chained by our sins. We must now consider ourselves dead to sin, and alive to Christ. In Galatians 2:19-20, Paul reiterates this by saying he has been crucified with Christ, living now for Him rather than for self.

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Love and Joy in the Spirit

Two qualities that show God’s Spirit in us are love and joy. And sometimes it can be challenge to find joy in the world around us, but I Thessalonians 5:16 calls on us to pray ceaselessly and to rejoice always. Paul tells us to avoid quenching the Spirit in our lives. Whatever we are facing, we can put things in God’s hands. We face a world full of things that can quench our joy and love, but His presence in us can combat those influences.

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A Spirit of Peace and Patience

We serve a Savior whose entire ministry was characterized by peace and patience. From His fist lesson atop the mount in Galilee to His crucifixion, Christ taught and lived peace and patience. Jesus lived peacefully with those around Him. He demonstrated inner peace against all trials, and He showed extreme patience throughout His work with others.

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A Spirit of Faithfulness

Our faith is defined by moments. We have snapshots of faith. Take Abraham as an example. From leaving his land to follow God to nearly offering his son in obedience, we can see how meaningful moments in Abraham’s life shows where Abraham was with his faith at that time. The same is true of individuals like Noah, Moses, David, Elijah, and countless others. We see their faith in God based on snapshots that build and define their faith.

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Gentleness and Self-Control in the Spirit

We sometimes get the wrong thing in our mind when we think about gentleness or meekness. We associate meekness with timidity or with shyness. Today, we use the word as a negative character quality, but that’s not what Christ or Paul had in mind when calling on us to be meek. Instead, they are calling on us to have a quiet strength that we are capable of holding under control, even under provocation.

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Yielding to the Spirit

This Spirit living does not take all challenges from our lives, but it does guide to set better goals, make better choices, and have better motivations in this life. This type of living also lets us give control over to our God, to stop worrying over the things of this life and lay them at the feet of our Lord. John 3:1-8 speaks of being born again in the Spirit. When we’re born again, that means we are a new person in Him.

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Resisting the Spirit

Academically, we all know that living by the flesh makes it impossible to please God, as Paul points out in Romans 8:6-8. The problem is that, in the moment, the satisfaction that can come from fleshly living can be a more powerful motivator than Spirit living. We know when we are walking into a bad situation and choosing to sin, but the immediate payoff is strong. We are lying to ourselves if we deny that a life of sin can look more compelling at a glance.

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