Living By The Spirit
“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,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 toe 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 Holy Spirit to guide you through the bible..the written words will then 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 Living Word. However, if you are instead led by your mere 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 when I say……. that we should all be Spirit led 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. However, 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 severely crippled. Because relationship with Christ and one another is the way we best reflect Jesus to others in and outside of the Church. We should be known for our love for one another and not our knowledge of the scriptures. 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 and I will encourage others to do exactly the same.
Kirk Out !