Date: March 4, 2001
Series: Galatians: Called to be Free
Speaker: Steve Hixon
How to Live
Like Jesus Christ
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It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community.|
I could go on...
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
If I’ve become a Christian, why do I still struggle? Will it ever stop?
What’s the difference between the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit?
What do these phrases mean?
“walk by the Spirit”
“led by the Spirit”
“live by the Spirit”
“keep In step with the Spirit”
How do I keep in step with the Spirit?