C. The Spirit Produces Fruit –

Galatians 5:21-26…

24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh [sin nature] with its passions and desires.

The key for the Disciple is to daily make the decision to live a gospel-centered, cross-centered and Jesus-centered life and ensure that in our hearts we are seeking God in repentance and faith. This is the opposite of letting our sin nature control our life.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.

This is called living by the Spirit and should result in walking by the Spirit. Walk” means staying in step with a line of soldiers. Writing this brings painful memories of trying to learn to march in step at Lackland Air Force basic training in 1960. I simply have no rhythm and could not stay in step. After a week or so of instruction, my tough drill sergeant realized I was trying but could not march. At that point, God intervened and he did not kick me out of Basic Training but ensured I had barracks duties every time we had parade time with all the other platoons.

The Spirit led Disciple will walk in step with the Spirit and in unity with one another as opposed to the world’s way of boasting, challenging and envying.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control;  The fruit of the Spirit explained

The person filled by the Spirit will receive great content from the Holy Spirit including the nine fruit of the Spirit above.

Henry Luke

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B2. Stewards –

  Galatians 6:7-8…Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 

The word mocked in v.7 means “to turn up one’s nose.” No one can thumb their nose at God. He knows the truth about all people. The infinite God refuses to allow finite humans to ignore or despise Him.

Growing up on a farm I understand the principle of sowing and reaping. Plant corn seed and you get corn. Plant hay seed and you get hay. What my father harvested depended on what he planted. Our lives are the same way. Our words, actions, and attitudes produce consequences. They expose what we plant in our daily life.

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Those who help their brothers and sisters in Jesus will reap a spiritual harvest, but those who refuse to help will reap trouble.  Every person sows either to his flesh or to the Spirit.  This eternal life reward and relationship with God begins with conversion, grows as we live by the Spirit, and will be made complete when we enter heaven and enjoy all of its benefits.

O God help me be a good steward of the life and resources you have entrusted me with.

Henry Luke

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The greatest scene from movie history!

 The greatest scene from movie history

As I watched this short clip from a movie I thought the Disciple today has the Holy Spirit Ephesians 5:18c “be filled by the Spirit” HCSB, CSB and one another to encourage us to Finish Strong for Jesus. Every day is a new day and we get no do-overs. The Bible says: The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness A  Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.B  Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, C    Don’t quit, don’t even thank about quitting because you love Jesus and are thankful for the commitment He made on the cross. Live Jesus-centered every day.

 The greatest scene from movie history

From the movie “Facing the Giants”, a 2006 American Christian drama sports film directed by and starring Alex Kendrick. The supporting cast was composed of volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia. Shot in Albany, Georgia, the film relates an underdog story about American football from a Christian worldview. The film cost $100,000 to make and grossed over $12 million and has sold very well on DVD’s.

The film was released to DVD in early 2007 and made its television debut on September 21, 2008, on Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Notes : A- Lamentations 3:22-23a; B- Galatians 6:2; C- 1 Thessalonians 5:11;

Henry Luke

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B1. Abandoned by God –

Galatians 5:19-21… 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

19 “Now deeds of the flesh are evident” and come from our “sin nature”; the 24b the flesh with its passions and desires” and include:

  1. sexual sins “immorality, impurity, sensuality”
  2. religious perversion 20 idolatry [anything that we make a higher priority than Jesus], sorcery”
  3. self-centered sins hate, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, divisions, 21 envying,”
  4. unrestrained and out of control excess “drunkenness, carousing,”
  5. other sins that are “things like these”

Paul warns Disciples twice 21c  “that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”   The form of the Greek word translated “practice” implies continuous action. People with such continuous lifestyles may give evidence they are in rebellion against God’s rule in their life. They may not have a heart and spirit that has been supernaturally regenerated by the gospel of Jesus. If so, they will not be in heaven at death and will not have a resurrected body like Jesus at the rapture.

Can Disciples commit some of these sins of the flesh and the answer is emphatically yes. I daily “Review this list and Confess, and Repent of any I am guilty of“.

Henry Luke

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A. Walk by the Spirit –

Galatians 5:16-18…16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.

Trusting Jesus for salvation does not mean that the flesh is eliminated as long as the Disciple is on earth. Disciples often yield to the flesh instead of walking by the Spirit. “Sanctification” is the process of spiritual growth as you yield to the power of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. My goal is to be a little closer to the image of Jesus each day.

Walking by the Spirit is a conscious decision made each day and each moment as we face the good or bad pressures of life. Some pressures can last 10, 20 years or even longer. Paul’s thorn in the flesh lasted the rest of his life. The Disciple must live one day at a time depending on Jesus and led by the Spirit.

I have lived through some of those trials lasting many years and have found that we serve a faithful God. I am reminded of the poem “Footprints in the sand” when “The Lord replied: “My precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.””

Henry Luke

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Freedom from the dominion of sin leads to service –

 Galatians 5:13-15… 13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

We are freed at salvation for a purpose to love and serve one another. All Disciples have a choice every day to look inward for our own comfort, pleasure, happiness, making self an idol to worship or to look outward in obedience to the commands of our Lord through love serving one another.

You may say I always look outward to serve others, but we select only the ones we want to serve and37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” [Matthew 25:37-40].

We are brothers and sisters of Jesus and He expects us in agape love to serve those in need both physically and spiritually. Lack of agape love results in us biting and devouring one another.

Henry Luke

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“Unbroken: Path to Redemption” Salvation Story of Louis Zamperini

I read the biography of Zamperini several years ago and it is a testimony of the power of Jesus to change a person’s life.

In 2014, Hollywood got its first glimpse at the remarkable life of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini—but Unbroken didn’t tell the whole story.

Now, the film Unbroken: Path to Redemption will let moviegoers into the struggles Zamperini faced after the war—including marital problems and alcoholism—and how one night at a Billy Graham Crusade changed his life forever.

The film, directed by God’s Not Dead filmmaker Harold Cronk, will have a faith-based tone—even including a depiction of the 1949 Los Angeles Crusade where Zamperini surrendered his life to Christ.

Billy Graham is portrayed in the movie by his grandson, Will Graham.

Unbroken: Path to Redemption is set to release in theaters September 14. Click to Watch the trailer. and for more information about the movie.” From Billy Graham Library News Release.

Here is a link to the 1st movie about Zamperini “Unbroken”.

and a link to the incredible book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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