Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Key to Living the Victorious Christian Life

 By: Rebekah Hargraves

Photo Courtesy Of: Kelly Sikkema

"I say, then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.....But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things." ~Galatians 5:16-18, 22-23

Seeking to live a victorious Christian life can be terribly confusing. There are voices which follow us every day, instructing us in exactly how to live out a Christ-honoring life—but they don’t all say the same thing.

Some voices out there will assert that we must rely on what is basically a version of legalism—with its man-made rules and expectations— in order to please God and live righteously. Others will say to just sit back and relax because, after all, we are saved and on our way to heaven, so what is the big concern?

Then there’s Paul.

In our passage today from Galatians 5, he not only describes the fruits of the Spirit, but he also provides us with a clear and proven blueprint for how to have those fruits cultivated in our day-to-day lives—a blueprint which has nothing to do with either striving for perfection or sitting around and doing nothing.

Instead, the key to living a victorious Christian life is to walk by the Spirit, for only then will we not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 

So, lean in, friend. Walk by the Spirit, study the Word, be constant in prayer, and you will see victory in your life as never before!

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