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Summary: Paul tells us how big a difference the choices we make have upon our spiritual lives. We can choose to WALK IN THE SPIRIT or to LIVE IN THE FLESH

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TIME is one of the number one enemies of our faith. Recent generations, especially in the western world, have deceived themselves into thinking that time will never catch up to them. Because of medical breakthroughs disease will never get us. Science will answer our questions and find some way to prolong life for many more years. Television and movies will keep us distracted from thinking about thinks that would worry us.

Hebrews 9:27 is as true for this generation as it was for any other: ‘It is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment’.

This is the worst possible news for a person without Jesus but the most wonderful news for someone who knows Him as their savior.

Two different choices we make make all the difference.

In Galatians chapter 5 Paul tells us how big a difference the choices we make have upon our spiritual lives. We can choose to WALK IN THE SPIRIT or to LIVE IN THE FLESH. The difference is called the ACTS OF THE SINFUL NATURE or the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT.

19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

These are life the ROADSIGNS of life showing us which direction we are headed.

When I was a kid our family owned one of those station wagons that had the seat at the back which faced out the back window. I seemed to always end up there. There were certain rules for sitting in that seat.

First was to not open the tailgate when moving. Second was to not make eye contact or gestures to the traffic behind you. Third was to not care that you had no idea where you were going. All you would see was the back of the signs that had to do with the direction you were going and the front of signs for where you were going away from.

We often live in denial of the directions we are headed in life but if the signs going the opposite way say love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control then we can be assured that the signs we are not seeing the refer to the direction we are headed come from the other list Paul gave us.

Jesus said to His disciples that ‘By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples’.(JN 15:8). I am so glad that He did not say we had to go and PRODUCE MUCH FRUIT but we only have to BEAR it. He will produce it through our lives if we are surrendered to Him. But if we do not surrender our lives to Him then we will NATURALLY begin to ACT out in our sinful natures with the things Paul listed.

CHOICE #1: ACTING OUT OF OUR SINFUL NATURE:

19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.


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