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Summary: Do you observe that you tend to get better or worse(bitter, angry and anxious) when difficulties come in to your life? Is your life more characterized by triumphs or turmoil and tension? Irritations have a way of bringing a sense of frustration that leads

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Exchange Self-Destructive Tendencies With Spiritually Fruitful Traits (Gal. 5:16-23)

Too many people allow themselves to fall into self-destructive practices out of ignorance, neglect or spiritual indiscipline.

Some people need to know when to admit mistakes. Take for example what not to put in a résumé:

These are blunders from real résumés

"My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable."

"Education: Curses in liberal arts, curses in computer science, curses in accounting."

"Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store."

"Personal: Married, 1992 Chevrolet."

"I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse."

Illustration: Get the right perspective. When Goliath came against the Israelites, the soldiers all thought, "He’s so big we can never kill him." David looked at the same giant and though, "He’s so big I can’t miss."

God Can Make It Happen (Victor).

Paul wrote, "Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh sets itself against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh for these are in opposition to one another so you cannot do the things you desire. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are these which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper) selfishness, divsions (dissensions) factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing and the like. I warn you... that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Gal. 5:16-23)

Do you observe that you tend to get better or worse(bitter, angry and anxious) when difficulties come in to your life?

Is your life more characterized by triumphs or turmoil and tension?

Illustration:Illustration:A monk joined a monastery and took a vow of silence. After the first 10 years his superior called him in and asked, "Do you have anything to say?" The monk replied, "Food bad." After another 10 years the monk again had opportunity to voice his thoughts. He said, "Bed hard." Another 10 years went by and again he was called in before his superior. When asked if he had anything to say, he responded, "I quit." "It doesn’t surprise me a bit. You’ve done nothing but complain ever since you got here."

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Many great congregations have suffered from people with divisive attitudes. The Lord has placed each of us in His body to be lovingly united in spirit, intent on one purpose, striving together for the faith of the gospel. Minor disagreements often escalate into huge differences that could easily have been overlooked for the greater good of Christ’s kingdom and righteousness.

Irritations have a way of bringing a sense of frustration that leads to the self-destructive tendencies that Paul describes in the Gal. 5:19-21. Grievous words stir up muddy waters that tend to cloud one’s decision-making ability.


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