Tips to walking in freedom
Are you free today?
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions,divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
How can we stay in a place of Grace and freedom?
If we walk by spirit then we wont gratify the flesh.
some of us have a stranger living in our house and He’s the Holy Spirit.
The first step to freedom
- Let the grace keep you on the road of liberty. Ditch of legalism< The road of grace> ditch of license
- realize there is a war within “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” there are only two options (not three) flesh vs. spirit. the issue is control and the solution is surrender.
- cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit. we should bare the aroma of Christ and people should be attracted to us.
walk by the spirit, be led by the spirit, live by the spirit, keep in step with the spirit.
The test to see if you are walking in the spirit: loving your neighbor as yourself. you cant love your neighbor in either ditch.
you are either judging them( legalism) or ignoring them (license) for your own selfish purpose.