I will ask the Father and He will give you another counselor to be with you forever. (John 14:16)
Yesterday we unveiled our official 2017 Spiritual Workout Plan to help us all train for the Big Race.
Today we’ve included a handy graphic suitable for framing, posting on your fridge, tattooing on your biceps or anything else that will help you shun spiritual flabbiness.
The first step? It all starts with the ♥ lit up by the flame in the center. Before we even think about moving a muscle, we need to plug into our power source: the Holy Spirit.
The Bible tells us to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). It’s the only way to live:
Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 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 do not do what you want. (Galatians 5:16-17)
Here’s a rather graphic description of what life under our own feeble power looks like:
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 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. (Galatians 5:19-21)
Uh, that sounds pretty bad. What happens if we let the Spirit take control?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Ah, that sounds better. So, what’s the bottom line?
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:24-25)
Take a good long look at your life. What shape is it really in?
Do you see lots of love, joy, peace and the other fruit of the Spirit?
Or do you see something else?
Tune in tomorrow for more. Until then …