I am really enjoying the Abiding Fruit study hosted over at Do Not Depart. I am teaching this coming Monday’s passage, and a few others coming up, so I have been elbow-deep in Galatians 5:16-26 lately. (Remember, anyone is welcome to join in the study and it’s not too late to jump in! Just download the study here.)
I love to listen to sermons when I am digging into a passage. It helps me keep my mind on the things of God throughout the day, and assists me in my interpretation of the passage if I have questions.
A Few Good Sermons
I wanted to share with you a few sermons I have been listening to lately. I usually can squeeze them in on the few mornings where I get out to run (just 20 minutes). Then I finish them up throughout the day while I fold laundry, or while driving around town running errands.
If you want to listen or read the full sermon, just click on the link and it will take you there!
Let us acknowledge from our heart that we are unable to please God without the Spirit’s constant enablement. Let us pray for that enablement. Let us trust confidently in the Spirit’s power and promise to give that enablement. Then let us do what we know is right. And having done it, let us turn and say with all the saints, “Not I, but the Spirit of Christ within me.” Thanks be to God! To him be glory for ever and ever! Amen.
How, then, do we walk by the Spirit? The answer is plain. We stop trying to fill the emptiness of our lives with a hundred pieces of world, and put our souls at rest in God. The Spirit will work the miracle of renewal in your life when you start meditating on his unspeakable promises day and night and resting in them.
The good news is that as we look at the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit, we may desire the fruit of the spirit. We may wanna be loving, peaceful, joy-centered, sacrificial, humble, decent, nice, kind folks. And what can often happen is we try then to do that. And what ends up happening then, is we end-up trying to be like Jesus rather than trying to be with him. Do you understand that? Our goal is not to be like Jesus. Our goal is to be with him.
…That’s why I cannot tell you that, where ever you are, there is simply a process that we will bring you through, step one, step two, step three, and then you will be mature. I can’t. All I can do is, I can just remove all the clutter. I can say, “It’s not about being moral. It’s not about obeying some teacher. It’s not about following some rules. It’s not about living-up to your own piety. It’s not about these things. It’s about Jesus, and being in loving intimacy with Him, and transformed by Him, so that you can be with Him and ultimately end-up being like Him.” You’ve gotta be with God.