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"Living by the Spirit"

Date published: 11/06/2010

Galatians 3:25 “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.” (NIV)

Paul referred to the “law” as a tutor.  Who fulfills the role of tutor if you are no longer under law?  John 14:26 says “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”  The law has been replaced by the Holy Spirit whose power and work is released in your life by faith.  We tend to make walking by faith in the power of the Holy Spirit more difficult because of our stubborn nature to retain control rather than trusting God’s sovereignty and work.  Your ability to trust Jesus in walking by faith is enhanced by your relationship with Him. Do not allow your Christian walk to be characterized as adhering to a set of laws, but rather by a personal relationship with the living Christ.  Seek to know Jesus more intimately every day through prayer and Bible reading.  It will be out of the intimacy of your relationship with Christ that God will guide you in the way you should go while enlarging the purpose Christ has for you.

Galatians 3:1-5 “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?  Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.  I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?  Are you so foolish?  After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?  Have you suffered so much for nothing — if it really was for nothing? Does God give you His Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?”  (NIV)