Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. -Galatians 5:25
Keep in Step with the Spirit!
The Apostle Paul is reminding us that we must do more than talk the talk; we must walk the walk. In Biblical terms, to walk means to conduct oneself in a particular manner; pursue a particular course of life. When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and become Christian, we learn how to walk in the Spirit. As we walk by the Spirit, it enables us to produce strong desires in accordance with God's will, we no longer live like unbelievers who do not know the Lord. As we keep our step with the Spirit, our attitude will be definitively marked by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This change is owing wholly to the Spirit's work of free grace, prior to any saving faith on our part. God Spirit leads, but we must walk!
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Our new birth is not caused by our faith, our faith is caused by the new birth. It is by the work of the Holy Spirit that we have been given new life, and all our subsequent life ought to be carried out by the Spirit thus, our desires for God's way are stronger than our fleshly desires. The Holy Spirit guide our decisions, determine our morality, and control our speech. When we walk by the Spirit, we experience the fulfillment of this prophecy. Christians filled with the Spirit, Live like it!
'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.' -Jeremiah 33:3
God's Personal Number
God has given to us a precious and wonderful gift. It is called prayer. It is our guided missile which can be fired from any spot. There is nothing more important than to develop a regular life of prayer. It's our greatest source of untapped power. God often waits for us to ask before he blesses us what he longs to give us. The most important thing in our lives is not our studies, work or business, the most important thing is to live truly a life of prayer.
This verse is a special blessing to every one of us, this promise is true in special ways for us as well. Satan has no defense against our prayers. There's not a single sin in our lives that proper prayer would not have avoided, not a need prayer cannot meet. Without prayer, we would soon be off the path of obedience and life. There's no prayer too hard for God to answer, no problem too big to solve, no person too lost to save, no promise too difficult to keep. He can do anything He wishes. What a wonderful God we serve. Let us not forget who God is, and on that remembrance, never cease to pray!
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Ephesians 2:10
We are God's Workmanship
We were created by God in a very unique way, a piece of work - God's work. He planned for us before we were even born to do special good works. He made us all so special with beauty and complexity, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, to display his goodness and grace through our actions and words. He prepared in advance for us to do them. When He looks at us, he sees a masterpiece, for we are His handiwork, working out in our lives a tremendous exhibition of His wisdom, power, love, character, peace, and joy. God as the perfect artist!
We are not just saved by grace from death, we are saved by grace for God's glory. God has remade us, created us anew, gave us a heart that loves Him, gave us a new heart of love for others. If we realize who we are in Christ Jesus and how deeply God loves us, we'd let others know how special they are because He's proven His love for them as well! God's work is never purposeless. We are a vivid display of the greatness and the glory of God, which results in good works: kindness, love, mercy, compassion, help to one another, meeting one another's needs. By God's Spirit, we can see every moment of every day as an occasion to do good works-including good work-for God.