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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sowing to the Flesh, Sowing to the Spirit (Galatians 6:8)

"The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."

Sowing to the flesh. Paul states that the acts of the sinful nature are obvious and then proceeds to list them in 5:19-21. They actually fall into three categories:

Sexual sin:
  • Sexual immorality
  • Impurity
  • Debauchery (Excessive indulgence of the appetites; especially, excessive indulgence of lust; intemperance; sensuality; habitual lewdness)
Spiritual sin:
  • Idolatry
  • Witchcraft
Social sin:
  • Hatred
  • Discord
  • Jealousy
  • Fits of rage
  • Selfish ambition
  • Dissensions
  • Factions
  • Envy
  • Drunkenness
  • Orgies
Entertaining sexual images through books, magazines and Internet, watching questionable movies and having inappropriate interaction with others stimulate sexual urges. Reading the horoscope, playing games and watching movies with evil/demonic overtones, etc. open people up to demonic activity. Unforgiveness, jealousy, competing with others and by being divisive, etc. break down relationships. These sowing activities excite the sinful nature, twist and destroy the good that God has for man.

Sowing to the Spirit. How does a person sow to the Spirit so that they produce love, joy, peace, etc (5:22-23)? What attracts the Spirit's work in our life? Humility, forgiveness toward others, prayer, reading/studying/memorizing the Word, and obedience. These acts/attitude welcome His presence. Sowing is work; it is your part. When you do your part then the Holy Spirit has greater access to your life. The more access He has to you the more your life will reflect Christ. The Spirit doesn't take over an unsurrendered life.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading

Galatians 4:8-6:18
  • How does legalism affect the loss of joy?
  • What characterizes the leaders of legalism?
  • How do Sarah's son and Hagar's son differ?
  • What does this analogy teach us about those born of the Spirit and those who are legalists?
  • How does anyone walk in freedom?
  • So, if the law doesn't save will it assist anyone in keeping a reign on the desires of the sinful nature?
  • What is a believer's only hope and help?
  • What is the one "law of Christ" believers are responsible for and how will this play out in our lives?
  • What does the Holy Spirit do in the lives of those who've been born of Him that makes him a victor over the world and the flesh?
Turning truth into prayer
Sons of promise appropriate truth and walk by the Spirit while slaves keep rules and regulations. Ask the Lord to help you appropriate truth and begin by thanking Him for the Holy Spirit's presence in your life, acknowledge His work in overcoming the sinful nature, and welcome His involvement in your life today.