Galatians 5:16

Tom Harding

I am not one to give out expert advice, because I am no expert, but the word of God certainly does give us all the expert advice we will ever need. There were some in Galatia who were struggling along in the faith, because of the constant hounding of those false prophets who said, "trust the flesh for salvation" (Gal. 3:3). The Apostle Paul writing to those whom he dearly loves in the gospel, gives us and them some good advice: "WALK IN THE SPIRIT AND YOU SHALL NOT FULFIL THE LUST OF THE FLESH. " What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? Well, it's not this "holier than thou" attitude that prevails in most religious circles today. Please read Isaiah 65:5. God says that type of attitude is smoke in His holy face. Walking in the Spirit is to believe the testimony of the Holy Spirit concerning Jesus Christ. His glorious person (God over all blessed for ever), and his effectual work (complete, eternal redemption) are the chief ends of His revelation (John 16:13-15). It is to believe the truth written by the Holy Spirit: the word of God (2 Peter 1:21) and the gospel that is preached in the power of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 2:4), which gives all the glory to Jesus Christ alone in salvation. What is it to fulfil the lust of the flesh? It is the opposite of walking in the Spirit. It is to make any attempt of approaching God on the basis of any fleshly merit or works (2 Cor. 10:2-6). All who come to God on that foundation will hear Him say, "depart from me, you that work iniquity." Which way my friend are you walking? Are you ready to take some good advice? "WALK IN THE SPIRIT AND YOU SHALL NOT FULFIL THE LUST OF THE FLESH.

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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