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Keeping In Step With The Spirit

September 16, 2016

Greetings,

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.  I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”  Galatians 5: 16-25

This passage of the bible is packed full of excellent encouragement, but I am only going to focus on a few things here today.  Right away I want to point out that it says “LIVE BY THE SPIRIT, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”  NOTICE: It does not say live by The BIBLE!  People have been trying to live by the bible for many centuries and it has not produced the kind of fruit that is overcoming and beneficial.  “Churches” and entire denominations have made the bible their sole foundation and rule of life, yet they still fall short of becoming what GOD has desired them to be.  “Because those who are led by The Spirit of God are the children of God.” (Romans 8:14)  I am not saying that the bible is not important in the life of a believer, but I am saying that we need The Holy Spirit to guide us in how we use the bible and find out what it really means.  Take the bible away from someone led by The Spirit and The Spirit will still find a way to teach and lead that person just like HE led the early church into all truth many years before they even had bibles.  But in turn trying to use the bible without the Spirit’s leading and all you end up with is legalism, dead letter, intellect, and Spiritual death.  No wonder that there are so many dead churches out there today.  The pews and seats may be full, but there is no real Spiritual life.

I say it is best to live by The Spirit and keep in step with The Spirit, using the bible as HE sees fits along the way in this life.  Being Spirit filled is not something I take for granted.  I try to surrender each moment to The Lord and to be in HIS flow as much as humanly possible. Having said that I also am led to read and study the bible on most days.  I live in the best case scenario:  led by The Spirit, but having free access to my bible at any time.  Take my bible away from me and I will likely miss it, but The Spirit will compensate for my loss.  However, if The Spirit is somehow taken away from me the bible could in no way compensate for that loss.  But I know by His seal and promise that The Spirit will not ever leave me.  I hope I have been clear in this matter.  This is a difficult discussion to navigate and most people judge and react harshly even before they hear each others explanation and story.  I am not anti-bible, but I am pro-Spirit.

Love and….

Kirk Out !

 

 

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8 Comments
  1. Sue heumann permalink

    I do understand you, Christopher, because for soooo many years the bible was what everything centered around in the church I attended. It is not the fourth person of the godhead! I’m thankful for the Spirit of God in me every second of every day and the fact that He is guiding constanly! Otherwise my guidance is dependent on me reading and remembering the words I read ..that never worked for long! This way I feel much more dependent on Christ and His leading ad I’m much more trusting in Him than of myself. Thanks for the encouragement today.

    • Thank you for sharing that Sue. Even the scriptures tell us to NOT lean on our own understanding and that would definitely include even our understanding of the bible. That is why we need to hear directly from the Spirit of Christ and NOT thru the filter of our own brain and understanding.

  2. Mercy fulgencio permalink

    Great piece..!
    We hv our spirit and therefore, we sh be connected with the Spirit of the living God to let Him lead us.

    • Right on Mercy! Thanks for the confirmation. The Body of Christ needs to be Spirit led, NOT bible led!

  3. Gary Zanow permalink

    you say “Take the bible away from someone led by The Spirit and The Spirit will still find a way to teach and lead that person just like HE led the early church into all truth many years before they even had bibles.”

    1st, I have personally met too many believers who were balanced whilst adhering to Scripture – applying it as the ‘rule and norm’ of their faith; but relying solely on the Spirit, or what they claimed/ believed was direct Spirit-leading, without Scripture or the counsel of and accountabity to fellow believers, embraced or invented their own heresies. Some whacked out, weird shhhtuff, too. So there’s that, 2nd. the earliest early church, those to whom the letters of Paul, Peter, John et al, used the Old Testiment as Scripture, of as it was quoted by said Apostles, and began gathering tgether and using those Apostolic letters immediately, even before they were codified into the Biblical canon. This is easily, historically verifiable through the letters of the so-called Church Fathers, not to mention that even in the Apostolic letters Peter already spoke of Paul’s letters as “scripture” (2 Peter 3:14-16)

    True, they did not worship the Scriptures, but rather revered them. Yes, some Christians individuals and entire denominations are guilty of Bibleolatry: but the other extreme of walking independently of the scripture (as either personally read or listened as priests or pastors read it to them), trusting in what they personally, subjectively “felt” was the leading of the Spirit, is equally or even more dangerous.

    IMO, Christian Scripture serves a similar purpose as written law in our American court system where new judgments are informed and justified upon the written reords of old judgments. The old, previous judgments in similar cases serve as a “canon” upon which contemporry cases are judged.

    I do believe God speaks to us today, that we cannot properly interpret scripture without the leading of the Spirit, but also that when feeling so led, the teachings we hear in our hearts or head will not contradict what was written before, Might enlighten or complement Scripture, but not contradict.

  4. I hear you Gary! I am in no way advocating for bibleless faith. I love the scriptures and use them all the time. But I do believe that the Body of Christ needs to be Spirit led, NOT bible led. The scriptures are valuable and useful to the Body when properly Spiritually discerned. However, apart from the light of The Spirit they are dead letter. Thanks for sharing your portion here Gary. Together we find balance.

  5. Dan permalink

    The passage reminds us that we live by the Spirit and are led by the Spirit. He is the Wind in my sails, powering the ship of my life. That same Wind directs that ship and blows it about wherever He wills because I have let go of the rudder in deference to His Lordship.

    • That’s right Dan! We all need to surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Let go and let God!

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