Envy of others will not help you. Epi is an intensifier, pushes it, pushes it. 3. No way. You take them over. Galatians 5:2–4. Oh, it’s deeper than that. So people will say, hey, get rid of Him quickly. “Now I Paul, myself, urge you,” look what he says, “by the meekness and the gentleness of Christ.” That’s it right there. That’s what Christianity is all about. You know what I’m talking about? It doesn’t matter what you put in there. These were the antinomians. It doesn’t matter if the money doesn’t go. Well the frustration of our freedom. Jealousy is the fountain of everything that’s unstable. One with the works mentality—I’ve got to go do something for God or it’ll never get done. If there were not any unloving people we could just love everybody because everybody’d love us back. Kill Him! 6:1-11). The word “sensuality,” this is where it all starts right there. People all over this country, people have bought the lie that people need to have their felt needs met rather than bringing them to Jesus and bringing them to the power of His Word.”. It’s a choice of deep inner resolve to do what is spiritually necessary for our brother in Christ and really for anyone else. The word “fruit” is What God does for us and what He did for us on the cross is completely internal and it’s something we have to trust Him to do what we cannot do in our own life. It’s something so divine it’s of Him that He produces. But not only that, not only does God not have a law against it, people don’t make laws against this. The false teachers of Galatia had taught a message that really sounded good. Our walk should be such that the world around can look He says, “Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” Now there are two things that you have to observe immediately. Let me just read it for you. Are you affecting them toward the message of God’s grace, or are you affecting them towards the message of law and all of its legalism that goes with it? Let me tell you something, when you are of somebody like that they will divide the church. And when He replaces it, everybody knows the difference because the character that He produces, there’s no law against. Many people probably think I talk about grace too much. Galatians 5:20 The Superstitious Deception of the Flesh. Now listen to me. He changed the way he talked to his children. I never did anything to try to take away that joy that he had. But that word “pursue” means to get on a trail and to pursue something until you have captured what it is that you’re pursuing. That’s exactly the word Paul uses here. I’m calling you. And I’m afraid there’s going to be all this garbage there.” This is what happened to the Galatian church. Now you see all this stuff builds together. lust of the flesh, he does whatever feels good to him, right or wrong. I’m here to raise a red flag and say, guys, we’ve got to understand how to live in these days. “one word,” one word and he gives you a phrase to give you a clue as to what that one word is. Two words, pro, before, kaleo, to call. We don’t fool God. That’s what this love is, agape. It’s as simple as I can put it. Not only does the flesh lead us into sexual deception, which is this crazy idea that grace means you can do whatever you want to do—living grace is never that—but it also leads us into a superstitious deception. But all we have to do is learn to say yes to Christ and victory is not me overcoming my flesh. You didn’t know it because it was masked by the good works that they were doing. So that you unplug, you can disengage the power of that transmission. It’s a body of sin. And I didn’t write this. You know, it’s awesome to me that the Word of God is like spiritual Drano. In all of our relationships we have a divine mandate to allow His love to be produced in our lives and for others to see it, for others to experience it. I’ve got something to say to you.” I told him on the phone, I said, “I’m not afraid of you or anybody like you in this town. My goodness! Orge is when anger is building. I’m at rest. You begin to see the gifts of giving. It captivates your life. You’ll have to look that one up for yourself—“nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”. He’s not much of a man if He came down here and couldn’t do anything else but get Himself killed. They could witness to fence post. It has to point to God who lives in them. You walk by the Spirit. It’s Christ who saved us. It was not a bad thing they were seeking to do. The flesh and the Spirit produce a particular behavior. It’s almost as if to me he’s saying I wish they would just cut themselves out of the body of Christ. (Verse 17), may leave the If you’re a believer, seeking to be justified simply means seeking to live in such a way that God says yes, that’s right. (Galatians 5:13, NIV) "The entire law is summed up in a single command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" In the Ten Commandments God made a commandment, and part of the commandments are loving Him; part of the commandments are loving each other. Went back to my room and pouted. “Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” has caused confusion to the whole body of Christ, at one time or another, it’s caused confusion to all of us. Keep on walking by the Spirit and you won’t even have to worry about anything I’ve just said. For you’re still fleshly, for since there is jealousy and strife among you”—look now at how the flesh has manifested itself when people will not walk with God; he says there’s jealousy and strife among you—“are you not fleshly, are you not walking like mere men? In 4:23, “But the son by the bondwoman [and that’s Hagar] was born according to the flesh and the son by the free woman [Sarah] through the promise.”. “God, aren’t You glad to have us on Your side? And I did not know that in the church there was a very prominent man who was having an affair with another woman in the church that was not his wife and everybody knew it, but I didn’t. fruit to develop, all nine aspects of the fruit of the spirit must mature. 21. The present tense means “don’t continue to become;” they’re already in the process. Chapter 5 In this chapter the apostle comes to make application of his foregoing discourse. In 1 Samuel 15:23 that we looked at the last time, Samuel equated not being surrendered to God, he equated that with idolatry and witchcraft. Well, the next word is the first word, but really the last word in the process, starting with aselgeia. Kata, down, argeo, to idle: to idle down. But today we’re going to enter into the rest of Galatians 5:20. That’s not what he’s talking about. They went back to them and said, “Do you have any building projects you have going on around the town?” And they said, “Yes we do.” And they said, “Can we help you?” And they said, “Well, we haven’t got any money to pay you.” “Oh no, we will do this for free. Manly Beasley made the statement one time. It’s the character of Jesus, folks. His mama was in the room cleaning up with him and found that paddle. When you choose to do things your way, when I choose to do things my way; this is for all of us. Why? So it’s not just a quality; it’s who He is. It was an analogy. It’s tuphoo, and the word means a bag of wind. He said basically what you’ve bought into, he says to the Galatians, you’ve bought into superstition. Let Jesus be the father through you that you can’t be. Boy, they’d been living it right, doing it right. The hindrance is the actual trigger of the trap and he says these people that have fallen into this trap of false doctrine become those who are dissenters in the body of Christ and dissension becomes a reality. It all started with them listening to the teachers of the Law. So bring your Bible and look in the Bible when we turn to different Scriptures because it’ll speak to your heart. It is so funny to me that people that buy into something that exchanges the truth of God’s life in you would, in whom are all the spiritual blessings, they exchange it for the lie that makes their flesh feel better, and then when you don’t have their experience they will back away from you because that’s what this word “dissensions” is all about. It’s sinful, and so Christ did it for us. I’ve never ridden a horse that long in my entire life, I don’t think. That’s what the Galatians did. And what preserves it is when people walk by the Spirit of God and the love of Jesus is being manifested in their life and they’re seeing the need of each other and they’re filled with joy, His peace as they go about meeting the needs of others and then with the patience to tolerate the people that are unloving. Either we walk by the Spirit, as Paul talks about in Galatians 5:16, which, implied in Galatians 5:18 is being willingly led by the Spirit, or we are deceived and controlled by our sinful and wicked flesh. Any time a church comes together and they think they can do it for God, they have just worshipped the works of their own hands. The love was there, the relationships were there. I’ll say that again. “Wrath,” and he says, “knowing that he only has a short time.” That’s the word. and trust-worthiness (Lam. He loved it. They don’t set out to be that way, but this is what begins to corrupt minds of people who are not letting the Word of God cleanse that mind. No sir! The blood cleansed me from sin and the Word of God cleanses my mind from the garbage and the filth of this world. Man, if we could just get our act straight. That invitation is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” And one day that invitation came to them and they understood it and received it and He called them out from being bond, in bondage to themselves over into being in the freedom that God offers them in their life. Galatians 5. But when error gets in, it drives you out and unsettles your life. But then he said it would be that way, didn’t he? We have a choice. “He’s got the crowds. It’s the only time. There’s no walk in the Word of God. And it’s this love that He produces that literally fulfills the law that He requires. In Galatians 3:3 Paul said, and so clearly he says, “Are you so foolish,” he says, “having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected in the flesh?” Do you think for some reason you can accomplish in your life what God is seeking to do? Christ’s love is the essence of the fruit that is produced by the Holy Spirit. The Galatians bought the lie, as many believers have foolishly done. Galatians is trying to bring some sensibility back to what Christianity is, some integrity back into what our walk is all about. In fact, so clear he doesn’t even have to finish his list. He says, “The whole law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” By saying “for the whole law,” Paul is speaking of the moral law of God. “Oh, I went on seven mission trips and I sing in the choir and I handed out the offering and you mean God doesn’t count those?” Absolutely not, unless it came from a divine motivation to love and a divine obligation to serve. He’s a little bit of a rebel. You abandon yourself to Him. And it’s used of those people. He’s the well that we drink from. But that little phrase “I say in advance” there’s your word prolego. And that doesn’t mean anything; it just means we can help remember them that way. And he says if you do that, if you go that route, “Christ is of no benefit to you.” And then he says, “And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision that he under obligation to keep the whole law.” If you’re going to take that law then you’re going to have to be accountable for the whole law, and no man has ever been able to do that, except the Lord Jesus the God man. And God says, okay, let’s see how you’re going to live today. They’ll do whatever they do, whatever they do they have to do. It says, “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren.” And you know what? Oh, yes it can. It’s like he is saying, “Because you have already made the choice, enabled by faith, then what’s the problem?” I mean, we know the answer. This is what God told Joshua. Gal 5:16 says “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and” if you’ll do this, walk influenced by the Spirit, moment by moment, breath by breath, “you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” Now, there you go right there. Don’t call it anything other than what it is. It is associated with kindness and compassion and humility and patience in Colossians 3:12. You get to redirect your whole efforts in life to get into the Word of God and let the Word of God get inside of you. If it appeals to the emotions of man, it appeals to his flesh and flesh produces false worship. But instead in Galatians 5:15 he tells us they were biting and devouring one another. For us to love people that are unlovable is a supernatural thing. If it’s not you’ll drift to another one and we’ll get to that later on. You’re no longer obeying the truth and therefore 5:7 brings that out. There’s no law against it all. You decrease, John the Baptist said, so that He might increase in your life. And when you do that, you’ve walked in maturity. That is bondage; that’s slavery. And there is no message when you add any law to that message. But it does not matter, if you are a 150 years old you’re still going to have this struggle. I’m amazed at how many times believers, myself included can do these kind of things and not even see it as sin. And this is so needed when you’re dealing with unlovable people. Gum you to death? And it’s used to describe the lifestyle, not of a believer, but of an unbeliever, one who is lost, does not know Christ. To Gentiles is foolishness, because what do you mean, man? Do you think you can sin more so that grace might abound? I do not mean by this that you never, Is this a wholesome word that’ll come from my mouth? Everything else, in fact, is just a test to see how we’re going to relate to one another on the divine level He enables in our life. And he said, he’s reminding them of the longsuffering of God. He said, “From obeying the truth.” See, that’s your walk, that’s your walk, obeying the truth. First of all, it’s “be being filled.” It’s a present tense. However, it’ll also do the other thing, which Jesus did. But he says God was seeking you and He sent you an invitation. 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