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Living By The Spirit

May 13, 2014

Greetings,

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”                   Galatians 5: 16

It is all so very simple.  Yet so many people still fail to grasp this one simple truth…  We are to live by the Spirit.  Many folks think and preach that we are supposed to live by the bible, but that is not really true is it?  The bible is an important tool in the life of a follower of Jesus, but without the illumination of the Spirit it is all just dead letter.  The Letter kills, but the Spirit gives life!

If we truly live by the Spirit we will then be able to grasp and understand the truths and concepts found in the bible.  It is only then that we can apply those truths to everyday life.  If the Spirit is not first and foremost in our lives, we will only misuse and misapply the written word.  Many end up using the bible as a weapon and as a means to attempt to control others.  Then if you don’t tow their party line you are rebuked and written off as some sort of heretic.

The Spirit gives freedom while the bible on its own brings only control, judgment and manipulation.  However, if you surrender and allow the Spirit to guide you through the bible..the written words will come alive to you and you can use them as a blessing to everyone you encounter in this life.  When you hold a bible in your hands you hold the potential of both life and death in your very grasp.  If you are led by the Spirit you will bring life and blessing to others via the Word.  However, if you are instead led by your reason or intellect..you will ultimately bring only death and destruction to those in your path.

There is a huge difference between being led by the Spirit and being led by the bible.  This is why I will not back down or recant…. that we should all be Spirit and NOT bible led.  Because the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life!  Using the bible while you are walking in the Spirit is awesome and totally life giving.  However, using the bible void of the Spirit’s leading brings only death and negativity.  Please don’t misunderstand me?  In the Spirit the bible is the greatest book ever.  Without the Spirit it is just another dead letter book.  In dead letter form the book has been used to dominate and enslave many throughout the ages.  When the book is elevated to a status equal to or better than the Spirit everyone loses.  In those places where doctrine reigns supreme and relationship is secondary the Church is crippled.  Because relationship with Jesus and one another is the way we best reflect Christ to others in and outside of the Church.  We should be known for our love for one another.  Many voices today say live by the book, but even the Book itself says… LIVE BY THE SPIRIT!  So that is exactly what I am going to do.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

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11 Comments
  1. 2trakmind permalink

    Great post, Chris! I’m there with you!

  2. And me too, 100%accurate through you from God our Father thanks to Christ.
    So now maybe ask God to impute in us 1 Cor 13:4-13, and I think we might Follow the Spirit of God in that type of love, leaving verses 1-3 out, no more on our own efforts you think
    For I know anytime I:
    Galatians 6:8
    For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

    So all I need to do is focus on flesh desires, and not even want them, and yet will do them, because why?, Think what am I thinking about. I see it matters not; whether I do not want to do what I am thinking about not to do, I do it anyway.
    So who or what am I to focus on? Is it going to Church, reading the word, doing good to others?

    Or plain and simply resting in the arms of Christ’s finished work, thus being led, not leading, or having to be anywhere fast. Slow down and relax, trust God it is finished, Christ said so John 19:30 and then Paul said it in Col. 1:22 we are made Holy by Christ’s death, his death took away all sin, in Father’s sight, why? So we are to see we as cleansed first and ask Father to show us the new life in Spirit and truth
    So the ? that is left is to believe or not to believe
    Thanks Christ for your insight and many more to come, to each and everyone that beleiveth on you seeing that is is done by you, for us to have this new life that Father gives, thanks to you, once we finalize it is finished and we go out as news reporters, and spread this amazing news, and have quit editing trusting you to live through us as you did on Pentecost

  3. Johnny Truth permalink

    Let me ask you this. How many of your beliefs have been arrived at by someone telling you that this is what the word of God says, then pointing to the appropriate Scriptures to back up what he has just said. On the other hand, how many of your beliefs have come about from a serious study of the Scriptures, undiluted by what someone else thinks and says. And by a “serious study of the Scriptures”, I do not mean a comparison of one isolated verse, with another isolated verse, but taking both the context and the whole counsel of God into consideration.

    Anyone who does any less than this, is not interested in the truth.

    Is that a lot of work? Certainly. But, the Bible does NOT say “sit back and let your beliefs be determined by someone who has arrived at his or her own conclusions and quotes verses at you to back them up”. What the Bible says is “Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth”. [2Timothy 2:15].

    There is no magic wand waved which automatically causes a believer to know what the Bible says. In order for the Scriptures to make the Christian complete, he or she has to be willing to devote time to studying the word … It takes not days or weeks, but often months and years to come come to a more complete understanding of the Holy Scriptures which, like an onion, have layers upon layers of depth. Consider this advice from the book of Proverbs…

    1 My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, 2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; 3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; 4 If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones. 9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; 11 Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you, 12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things; 13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who delight in doing evil And rejoice in the perversity of evil; 15 Whose paths are crooked, And who are devious in their ways (Proverbs 2:1-15).

    Wisdom is attained by seeking it as one would search for hidden treasure.

    But all that sounds like work… hard work. And Christians are lazy. why would anyone start an in-depth study of the Word of God, when they can have the ease of a 20 minute “sound bite”. Why study, when the preacher can deliver in just a few minutes every week. After all wasn’t that what he went to seminary or Bible school for? Isn’t that what he is being paid to do? So, the man in the pew sits back and passively absorb all the flotsam and jetsam that floats down… whether in the form of sermons from the pulpit or the latest hot shot book that is all the rage for a season.

    The ONLY place you can go to rightly handle the word of truth, is to the word of truth.

  4. Johnny T. I hear what you are saying, but I still have to say that Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. Human effort and endeavor can bring one much head knowledge, but without the Holy Spirit one studies only in vain. However, study as directed by the Holy Spirit is very profitable and life giving.

  5. Janet permalink

    I would like to add that I definitely believe the illumination of the Holy Spirit is real, not a magic wand. When I first asked Jesus into my life I was 16. No one explained anything about the Holy Spirit to me. After that occasion, I started reading the bible from front to back. It was the logical choice and I was alone, not part of a bible study. The words were dead to me, it was a chore and I did not get it. Being 16 and in a messed up family, I had a bad fight with my brother and cried out to God, why me? Why is this all happening to me? I happened to be reading in Isaiah. I read a portion every night. That night I read Isaiah 45: 9. …does the clay say to the potter what are you making? ” I was hit with the realization that God heard my cry and answered me. I experienced a sensation of being washed over by a wave and had sudden understanding of hymns I had sung and the words of the bible came to life. Perhaps the Holy Spirit illuminates the mind of the one who is earnestly searching, but I believe I would not have had any more understanding if I had just dug deeper from my own efforts. It was a gift, not something I did in any way. I trust His leading in that personal way. And I believe He can speak through whatever medium He chooses. Much of the verses Johnny T. Mentioned are very good advice, for all of us, but it was written at a time before the Holy Spirit was given to empower the body of Christ.

    • Janet, you said, ” Quote,- Much of the verses Johnny T. Mentioned are very good advice, for all of us, but it was written at a time before the Holy Spirit was given to empower the body of Christ. end Quote”

      I am discerning this to mean from you that the words in the Bible were written before The Holy Ghost came to live in us. Are you talking before the cross and after. Cause I see the New (Second) Testament and the fulfillment of the First Testament, and yes The holy Spirit never live in us or though us until Pentecost.
      Is that what you mean, not attacking or coming at you, just clarifying what you mean there. Thank you

    • Johnny Truth permalink

      Jesus accused the biblical scholars of his day of not knowing the Scriptures (Mt 29:29; Lk 24:45) and declared, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (Jn 5:39). After his Resurrection, our Lord explained the Scriptures on the Emmaeus road. But first, he sharply rebuked the two disciples for failing to read the Old Testament with himself at the center: “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!…And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Lk 24:27). Imagine the power of that sermon! No wonder their hearts burned within them. Jesus here teaches us how we are to read and preach the Bible. It is not chiefly about Bible heroes or lessons in life, but the revelation of Christ. Similarly, Peter reminds us that the chief message of the entire Old Testament is “the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow” (1 Pt 1:10-11).

  6. Before the cross, under Law and even before Law was ever given to come to knowledge we are not perfect, shows us this and our need form to be one with God. Without Law put down to show us, how would we know? So to show us is love beyond measure to us
    Now today after the cross, the necessary requirements needed to be one with God are met by Son, the Author and finisher of ones Faith. So as long as one stands in belief, no matter what comes along. One gets revelation as our now precious Sister said in post by Janet. We all have had our epiphanies, and many are on there way, as Father does the revealing, we then do see truth, that sets one free. So all I can say is stand fast, and do not give up in trying to find the whole truth in a nutshell, where your burden becomes light, and your yoke easy.. So in a nuthell, a few words that set me free, to be
    Colossians 1:21-23

    New International Version (NIV)

    21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

    • Ramma permalink

      All of these thoughts are wonderful to ponder. We each interpret things a little differently. The scripture quoted about Jesus accusing or scolding the scholars that they study the scriptures and think they possess eternal life, Jesus says, you do err….in Me (Jesus) is eternal life. Not the written but the Living Word-Jesus is eternal life. I also see that As Jesus was expounding the scriptures to the disciples, they realized the scriptures had come to life and was walking with them. That makes my heart burn every day! As Jesus brought us out of the”system”, He used some scripture and then all of a sudden we were hit with trial after trial in which we had to put our hand in His and walk by faith. At that point it had very little to do with the written word. We put Him to the test of whether He was real or not and whether He would be our God if we would be His people. It is spiritual thing not a book thing. This followed some deep scripture and soul sesrching. So, I do agree with searching scripture, but it will NEVER take the place of the day in and day out walk with our Savior. Much love to each of you and thank you each one who takes the time and interest to share your thoughts. Blessings

      • Thank You Sister, Thank You, I agree totally, we have been taken from the letter to the Spirit of Father, Thank You Jesus
        The Letter of the Law verses The Law of Liberty, quite profound

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