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This morning while doing devotions, the author focused on Galatians 5:16

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

Of course I thought, “Easier said than done, just how do I do that?” Glancing at the John MacArthur’s study notes; he references about 9 Scriptures.

The first one (#1) is Romans 8:13

for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

MacArthur’s study notes on this verse are excellent:

Paul’s first instructions concerning what his reader’s must do in the struggle with sin destroys several false views of how believers are made holy.

1. that in a crisis-moment we are immediately made perfect;
2. that we must “let God” take over while we remain idle; and
3. that some turning-point decision will propel us to a higher level of holiness.

I have certainly tried and believed each of those things! MacArthur continues:

Rather, the apostle says the Spirit provides us with the  energy and power to continually and gradually be killing our sins, a process never completed in this life.

The means the Spirit uses to accomplish this process is our faithful obedience to the simple commands of Scripture.

Digging, Digging, Digging and WOW hit a gold mine of Scripture — ‘simple commands of Scripture’ John MacArthur lists them, and I looked up every one and will share in the next few days. Writing these in a notebook — pulled out and tied together does provide a beautiful, simple list of  How-To’s

(#2) Today’s nugget (as if the above is not enough!)

Your word I have treasured in my heart that I may not sin against You.
Psalm 119:11

Keeping it simple: Placing God’s Word in/on your heart by emersion in the Scriptures provides the energy and power to not sin against God. (Keeping in mind, this is an on-going process for this side of eternity.)

 

 

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