Is Real Change Possible?
Guarding Freedom, Part 2
Acknowledge the real _____________ inside of you
Galatians 5:16–18 (ESV) 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
See what comes _______________
Galatians 5:19–21 (ESV) 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
See what God _____________
Galatians 5:22–25 (ESV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Questions for reflection and discussion:
What does it mean to walk by the Spirit? How does a person do this? Is there a difference in walking by the Spirit and being led by the Spirit?
What patterns do you see in the lists of the works of the flesh? With which of these are you most likely to have a problem?
How would you explain Paul’s warning at the end of verse 21?
What are the implications of the term “fruit” for understanding how spiritual progress happens?
What is your role in creating the conditions for growth?