How to Live by the Spirit

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The Bible says, "So I say to you live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature." (Galatians 5:16). Paul instructs Christians to live by the Spirit, rather than the flesh, so that we won't 'gratify' the sinful nature. How does one accomplish this? Here are some tips on how to live by the Spirit.

Steps

  1. Recognize what the acts of the sinful nature are: "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." (Galatians 5:19,20). Paul groups these sins together because they are the basic fruits of the sinful nature. Paul says "if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeed of the body, you will live." If we put to death all of these acts of our sinful nature we will live, but the choice is ours. We can chose to walk in the flesh or in the Spirit as Christians.
  2. Understand that "those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:21) Jesus said that "you shall know them by their fruits." Also James said "show me your faith without deed and I will show you my faith by what I do." If we are true followers of Christ, we will live differently. We will live out the fruit of the spirit rather than the misdeed of our flesh.
  3. Recognize the Fruit of the Spirit: "The fruit of the Spirit is Love, Patience, Faithfulness, Joy, Kindness, Gentleness, Peace, Goodness, and Self Control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:23)
  4. Living by the Spirit will produce the Fruit of the Spirit. "Since we live by the Spirit let us keep in step with the Spirit." (Galatians 5:25). This means that we should seek to walk in these fruits in all that we do in life and in every situation that we find ourselves in.

Tips

  • Practice using the Fruits in everyday life.
  • Memorize the Fruits of the Spirit in a step above.

Warnings

  • You will be able to recognize people's spiritual condition by their Fruit. "A good tree can not bear bad fruit... Nor can a bad tree bear good fruit." (Matthew 7:18). Thus a Christian, filled with the Holy Spirit of God, produces Fruits, and may receive Gifts, of the Spirit.
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