day 3

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

Thoughts and Reflections

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

day 3.1

We must let the Spirit guide. He doesn’t force Himself; we must surrender to His lead.

He wants to lead our entire life, not just a part or segment of life.

The sinful nature craves to consume, not to contribute. It seeks to devour and to please self not to promote serving and love.  

Do you consume or contribute to the world around you?day 3.2

Opposites do not always attract. The two natures within are always warring and fighting.

Whichever nature you feed is the one that will breed in your life. 

Oftentimes we have such good intentions but Hell is paved with good intentions. We must act. We must discipline ourselves. We must live intentionally. 

day 3.3If you don’t like your fruit, you’d better check your root.

Lent is a time to be prayerfully directed. Even the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. But the fact remains that Jesus did not sin. With Christ as my example, I too do not have to sin. I am under no obligation to sin. I am free to choose to live for Christ and allow the nature of Christ to rule my heart, mind, body and soul.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

It is easy to think we are in control but we are not. We are “following” our desires. They can control us and fool us into thinking that we “got this”, all the while leading us to destruction. It is very important to submit to the leadership of the Spirit and allow Him to lead, as we follow.

The list includes natural sins which are evident to see and notice. They are not easily mistaken. People who are following the desires of their hearts where the natural man rules, will bear the fruit listed.

The issue is not that people sin, or yield occasionally. The point that Paul is making is that people who habitually, intentionally live this way do so in rebellion to Christ. It is those who reject the Spirit’s control in their lives who will not inherit the Kingdom.

Inheritance is something that happens usually to members of the same family or some close connection to the loved one who died. A non-believer is not part of the family and is not close to the one who died .i.e. Jesus.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

The Holy Spirit produces fruit. This takes time. No seed grows overnight. Produce like oranges, apples, etc. take time to produce. The seed contains everything for life but it must be nurtured and cared for to produce the best fruit possible.

There is no law against doing good. So why don’t more people do good then? Because they do not live by the Spirit. We are selfish. We are consumed with what we get instead of what we can give.

What have you nailed down? What needs to be nailed down? There must be commitments and promises made. There have to be resolutions and responses to God’s Spirit. If you do not make a plan, you will fail.

If you do not take your life seriously, everyone will know you are a joke.day 3.4

How you are living will show up in what you chase after. What you chase after is what you follow because it’s in front of you. It consumes your thoughts, attitudes, and affections. 

Christ wants to be in control of every aspect, not just the visible things but the unseen things. The things no one else knows. He wants control of those things. 

Day 3.5Leaders must learn to lead themselves well if they are to lead others well.

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