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Freedom's Fruit

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Sermon shared by C. Philip Green

May 2009
Summary: We win our battles against our compulsion to sin when we depend on the Holy Spirit. We must live by the Spirit to conquer fleshly desires, be led by the Spirit to conquer fleshly deeds, and walk with the Spirit to enjoy the death of the flesh.
Series: Galatians
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Audience: Believer adults
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in her inner being, and a Scripture came to mind: "And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity" (Colossians 3:14 NASB). In her heart she questioned, "Lord, how do I put on love?" The only way she could picture it was like putting on a coat. So that is what she determined to do—she chose to wrap herself in the love of God! As a result she began to experience a deeper life of Christ within her.

She made a list of what she would do if she really loved her exasperating neighbors, then did what she had listed. She baked cookies, she offered to baby-sit for free, she invited the mother over for coffee—and the most beautiful thing happened! She began to know and understand them. She began to see that they were living under tremendous pressures. She began to love her "enemies." She did good to them. She lent to them without expecting anything back.

The day came when they moved—and she wept! An unnatural, unconventional love had captured her heart—a supernatural love—the love of Jesus. (Kent Hughes, Luke, Vol.1, Crossway, 1998, p. 229; www.PreachingToday.com)

God’s love, along with his joy and peace can capture your heart, as well. Just stop trying to manufacture all this stuff on your own, and look to the Holy Spirit for His power and guidance just like this lady did.

Don’t depend on the flesh or your own self-effort. Depend on God’s Holy Spirit – let Him live His life through you. 1st, Live by the Spirit and defeat the desires of the flesh. 2nd, Be led by the Spirit and defeat the deeds of the flesh.

And finally, WALK WITH THE SPIRIT. Keep in step with what the Holy Spirit is doing in your life. Imitate His way and enjoy the death of the flesh.

Galatians 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

You see, every believer has already crucified his or her sinful nature.
Ding, dong the wicked flesh is dead! You say, “Phil, it feels very much alive. Tell me, when did it die? Well, it died when Christ died on the cross.

Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ.” Romans 6 says, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been freed from sin” (vs. 6-7).

The old sinful nature, with its sinful passions and desires, is dead! To be sure, we still carry it around on the inside, but it no longer has any life; It no longer has any power over us. So don’t cater to its passions any more. Don’t give in to its desires.

J. Vernon McGee used to tell a story about a lady in the Deep South who married her childhood sweetheart. They had a good life together until he was suddenly taken by a heart attack. Not being able to part with him, she decided to have him embalmed, put in a chair, sealed up in a glass case, and placed inside the front door of their large plantation
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