Day 73 (Today marks 20% of the way through the Bible!)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Welcome to Day 73 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Deuteronomy 25, more laws…
v 17-19 “Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. 18 When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God. 19 When the LORD your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!
(So much for forgive and forget, right?)
Deuteronomy 26, more on firstfruit offerings and tithes…
Now THESE are classic verses!
v 16-19 “The LORD your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws;
carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
17 You have declared this day that the LORD is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to him. 18 And
the LORD has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession
as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. 19 He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised.”
Deuteronomy 27, instructions to build an alter once Israel has crossed over the Jordan River…
And, a whole lotta “cursed is anyone who _________” statements. Amen.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”
v 7, “You were running a good race…”
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 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. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”
Galatian 5 is such a classic chapter, contrasting life by the Spirit and life by the flesh (sinful nature.) Two long lists; the acts of the flesh and, the fruit of the spirit. Not a list of do’s and don’ts as we are accustomed to in our Old Testament readings of late, but evidence, or the bi-product of living either lifestyle.
This is not long division… If we live according to “acts of the flesh” we will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Not meaning heaven) but that we will not be walking in the Spirit and extending the kingdom here on earth. However, the evidence of “walking in the Spirit” is that we will produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, thereby allowing us to participate in extending the kingdom.
We are not talking about perfection or a flawless lifestyle here… but the direction and momentum of our lives. What does what our life is producing say about our walk with God?
Am I living according to my flesh… and it’s desires?
Or am I living according to the Spirit… and producing good fruit?
Lord, I want to live my life according to your Spirit. I want to produce good fruit in my life for the sake of your kingdom.