Six Keys To Maturing In Your Faith
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” Galatians 5:1
Jesus has paid the price to release us from slavery. One is always a slave to that which dominates them. In biblical terms, this is either the flesh, with all that that means, or, the Spirit of God, and all that that means.
In Galatians 5:17-23 Paul describes both. The “fruits” of the flesh are expansive and include just about any human act that is counter distinctive to the righteousness that describes God and what He wants for us: “sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies.” And even this is not the whole list.
The listed are extended by Paul to include, “things like these.” The many things listed combine with other things not listed,
to express “things” that rise from our flesh. Is there anything, listed or not listed, that is not expressed in our minds or actions? On a daily basis?
One of the things I am anticipating for heaven is the moment in which I “experience” for the first time total absence of the “flesh.” I have a hard time even imagining what that “feels” like. But, it will be ours.
Right now, all of those “things of the flesh” that I inherited from Adam and Eve, my parents, and my own rebellion, are being exposed, rejected and a healing process begun, by the Holy Spirit.
The whole gamut of antagonistic things, to righteousness, still in me, layered deep within my mind, emotions and my will, housed in my body, are being slowly unearthed by the Spirit of God.
This great hope is built upon a promise. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26
The promised Spirit lives within us, building the “remembrances” of Jesus and God’s word. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:12-15. “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11
This process of unearthing and beginning to heal us begins with the focus verse, ““For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” Galatians 5:1
We decide, probably daily, to claim this and live in its light. We are free! Free to chose submission, obedience and exposure to the Spirit so that He can be healing us.