Have you ever had the misfortune of having to follow a friend or a family member to a destination only to have them speed up and leave you behind at a red light or stop sign? Your reaction most likely was similar to mine, “I thought we were doing this together!”
The Lord must feel something similar when we take off and do our own thing instead of allowing Him to lead us. The Apostle Paul reminds us to “keep in step with the Spirit” in this passage:
Galatians 5:16–26 (ESV)
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
If you’ve placed your faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in you. (That right there should blow your mind!) You’ve been made a new creation in Christ! But, have you noticed that sometimes we have what I call a “Spiritual Identity Crisis”; when we forget who we are in Christ and act as our former selves: rebellious and selfish?
Paul promises that if we crucify the works of the flesh (put away our old ways) and turn to the Lord, we’ll be led by the Spirit. Then we’ll produce this promised fruit that we all want in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Walking by the Spirit means we stop marching to our own beat and surrender to His.
Is God calling you to slow down? Speed up? Does He want you to stop what you’re doing all together?
Take some time to meditate on God’s word above. Ask the Lord to reveal areas in your life that need to be put down for good? Have you committed all of your steps to the Lord or only some? Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you about areas that are not in sync with His best for you life. We grow exponentially in our spiritual maturity when we’re honest with ourselves and the Lord. I’m praying with you.
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