Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Keeping in Step with the Holy Spirit
Keeping in Step
Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand
firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in
step with the Spirit.
Jerry read from Galatians chapter 5, and the works of the flesh are obvious and
there is a list that we all know; and the Fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace,
forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and
from Pastor’s sermon he gave an illustration of the first TV in his home as a
child.He remembered the cartoon
character trying to make a choice to do right or wrong.An angel sat on one shoulder and a devil on
stated that he learned right from wrong from his parents and we probably did
also.In some cultures there are certain
wrongs that we would not consider wrong.
example, whistling or laughter in certain places shows disrespect and is
you ask the terrorist what is right and then ask the victim the same question,
you will receive a different answer.
the early church there was much arguing that the new Christians must obey the
Jewish laws, especially circumcision.
was not only a Jew, but he was a Pharisee and knew all the 600 or more Jewish
laws.After his amazing conversion, it
was the Holy Spirit that taught Paul all about Grace and freedom.
taught that it goes without saying, that to place bondage on the new Christians
was wrong.He stated that we are not to use our freedom
to indulge the flesh; rather, to serve one another humbly in love.
we manifest the nine attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit, we will focus on
our relationship first to God, then to our neighbor and also to our self.Paul emphasized that on this law of LOVE hangs all the
Christ has set us free from false doctrine, but we are not free to participate in
what ever we desire.We are free from
sin, not free to sin. We are free to serve God and others.
We are free to depend on the Holy Spirit
a Nation are celebrating July 4th as our Independence Day.Our Declaration of Independence declares: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights,”
We can view that Freedom
is being filtered into other nations.
Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in
Prison but it did not kill his spirit.He challenged South Africa to move out of the Dark Ages and to treat all
as equals.He extended kindness and
forgiveness even to those who had imprisoned him.SA still has problems, but it has taken a
giant step toward freedom.
is a always a constant working together for us all.
we live by the Spirit, let us be led by the Spirit.
marching band, it is wise to keep our eyes on the one in front and also those
on either side.
Christians, may we always strive to keep in step with the Holy Spirit.