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31 October 2009

participating in life

If we view our entire lives -- day by day -- as an opportunity to participate in what God has planned for the earth on that particular day, our spiritual ears are more open to what the Holy Spirit says moment by moment.

If, however, we view our personal goals and comfort as being primary (and this is much easier to do than it sounds), we're far less likely to even be able to hear what the Spirit says.

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

Galatians 5:13-17, NLT

2 comments:

Jorge Bessa said...

Awesome post!

Dean Lusk said...

Jorge! Thanks, I appreciate the encouragement!

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