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Jesus Frees Us To Live By The Spirit

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 5:16-26.


Effective And Productive

In verses 5-7, Peter lists several virtues that Christians should be adding to their faith. Virtues such as goodness, self-control, godliness and love. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean sitting back and taking it easy once you become a child of God. There’s work to be done. Peter says this very thing. He wrote:

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:8 (NIV)

The good news is that God does not leave us up to our own devices to add these virtues. He fills us with His Spirit to help us in our faith. As we grow in faith, we are more effective and productive in serving the Master. We are more effective in loving our neighbor as ourselves. We are more productive in sharing the good news of Jesus. We have a job to do and to be effective and productive, we need to surrender to God’s Spirit and allow Him to change us.

God’s Precious Promises

Have you ever made a promise to someone, but for some reason didn’t keep it? It’s hard to own up to the fact that we aren’t always the best at keeping our promises. Did you know that God has never made a promise that He didn’t keep? It’s true! Peter wrote:

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. – 2 Peter 1:4 (NIV)

Through God’s glory and goodness, He has given us great and precious promises. Peter says that we can participate in God’s divine nature as we escape the corruption of this world. How cool is that? Followers of Christ who have received the promises of God are participants in God’s divine nature. This does not mean that we are gods, but rather God is in us by the Holy Spirit. God lives in the heart of every follower of Jesus. This is a promise that God made and a promise that God keeps.

What We Know

Toward the end of 1 John 5, the Apostle John talks about some of the things that Christians know. In verse 20, this is what he says we know:

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. – 1 John 5:20 (NIV)

Jesus came into the world so that we could know God, the One who is true. Not only do we know Him, but we are in Him through faith in Christ. Jesus is not only the Son of God, but He IS God and the source of eternal life. We can trust our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ for they are true and always have our best in mind and at heart. God wants what is best for us and though it may not seem like it at the time, God knows better than we know. Our desire should be to know the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit and to trust them to do what is loving and best in our lives.

The Testimony of God

I’ve known people whose lives have been transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. Their testimonies are amazing. They’ve been freed from a life of slavery to sin and addiction. Their testimony is not about their power and strength, but God’s. John writes:

We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. – 1 John 5:9-11 (NIV)

The power of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life testifies to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God and that the life He gives is truly transforming. The change that the Holy Spirit brings about testifies to the power of God made manifest through Jesus Christ. Your testimony is not your own. It’s the testimony of Jesus who gives you eternal life.

Faith That Overcomes

Faith in Jesus Christ gives the believer power to overcome the world. The Apostle John wrote:

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. – 1 John 5:3-5 (NIV)

The commands of God – to believe in His Son and to love one another – are not burdensome. When we are born again by grace through faith, we are filled with the Holy Spirit who gives us power to overcome the world. This is a continuous overcoming of the world. It’s not a one time thing. We must continue to believe and continue to love until we enter the gates of Heaven. Stay faithful to Jesus and your faith will overcome the world.

The Holy Spirit Fills Us

God’s Spirit is is an awesome power source for the Christian. He is a reminder that God lives in us and that we belong to Him. He testifies to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. John wrote:

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. – 1 John 4:13-14 (NIV)

Jesus is the Son of God and He is the Savior of the world. This truth is confirmed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. When we come to faith in Christ and we trust in Jesus for salvation by grace through faith, we are not only forgiven, but we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We must listen to God’s Spirit and submit to His leading and teaching in our lives. When we do, we’ll find that life makes more sense and we have a peace that goes beyond our ability to comprehend it.

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