Already Free (Part 15) by Christina Patterson

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Already Free (Part 15)
Series: Already Free, A Study on the Book of Galatians
Christina Patterson
Galatians 5:16-18


Last week we discussed that Christ came so that we can live free. However, we learned that we can have that freedom and still not experience it. By trying to work for God's grace we end up depriving ourselves of it. Today I want to continue our conversation on how to actually live free in Christ.   

As we continue our study of Galatians chapter 5, Paul explains that the freedom that we have in Christ does not mean that we just do whatever it is that we desire, especially if we desire to sin.[1]  This freedom calls us higher. It's a freedom that empowers us to do what God called us to do, and it frees us from being ruled by our sinful desires. We should use our freedom in Christ not to indulge in our desires, but to serve and love and be the women that God has called us to be. As we've learned, freedom in Christ does not mean freedom to sin; it means freedom from sin. It means freedom from the desires of our flesh so we can be free to do God's will.  

In today's text we learn how to actually live out this type of freedom. In Galatians 5:16-18 we read: 

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Galatians 5:16-18 (NIV)

If we want to live free, we must walk by the Spirit. But what does that even mean? When you give your life to Christ you receive God's Holy Spirit. And it is His Spirit in you that empowers and equips you to do God's will and live free. Walking in the Spirit means giving your spirit what it needs to survive, which is in complete opposition of what your flesh desires. Either you will feed your Spirit or you will feed your flesh, and the one you feed more will win. Feeding your spirit will lead to freedom. Feeding your flesh will lead to sin and slavery.  

You've heard the phrase: "You are what you eat." If you put in ungratefulness, covetousness will birth. If you put in looking at others, jealousy will arise. If we put in fear, hate will come. If we put in gossip, we will produce confusion. However, if we put in hope and truth, there will be peace. If we put in prayer, there will be power. If we put in fasting, there will be freedom from sin. If we put in Bible reading and studying, there will be clarity and direction.&n ...


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