Galatians 5 by Pastor Don Moore

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Galatians 5 by Pastor Don Moore

After Joy taught, Pastor Don spoke about how Bible translations sometimes throw confusion into the mix, and pointed out that this confusion is why we have to spend time defining flesh, body, spirit, and soul. We also talked about other things.  Here are a few comments you may be blessed with.

Pastor Don pointed out that there is one word, “spirit” which is used in the Bible and the translators determine if it is Spirit of God or Spirit of man, but based on their traditions and religious background (whether they believe in the gifts being in effect today or not) they will use words that may change the meaning of a passage but reflect their religious point of view.  One prime example is the word “grace” which can either imply unmerited favor, but often is a word that means dynamite power -dunamis – and instead of using power, the translators imply that it is mercy..

We looked at Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Pastor Don stated that this would be the spirit of man, for fruit appears in the branches, not the root of the tree.  It is the product that comes from the source, God.  Does the Holy Spirit have a problem in any of these areas (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control)?  No.  So the fruit of the spirit is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  We are the fruit, not the tree.

The Holy Spirit is the tree and it produces in US the fruit of the spirit, the fruit of the spirit of man.  The Holy Spirit is not subject to the law for He is the provider and writer of the law.

We put on Christ – the flesh will have it’s sway in our lives and we fight this until we die to self and put on Christ.  We can’t do it in our own strength, God’s got to do it.

Paul speaks of this struggle in Romans, when he says, Romans 7:24-25 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Paul describes the works of the flesh, and how he is imperfect, and only through the Holy Spirit can he put on Christ.  It is a choice that we make.

There are those who try to tell us that God is going to do it and God won’t send anyone to hell, but we can choose to reject God, and He will honor that, and if we do that we will end up in hell.

We need to yield to the Word of God, and the Bible tells us Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

God knows we are not perfect, and that for us it is a process.  Jesus went to the Cross for our sins of omission and commission.  We can’t control what pops in our head, but we can control what we do with those thoughts.  We need to monitor our thought life  We sin in thought and deed, and there are struggles with sin. We can’t look at a person and determine if they are righteous or not, it is beyond our view – only God knows a person’s heart.

Someone commented that our hair stays combed longer than our mind stays renewed.

There was a spirited discussion about this idea of whether it was the Spirit of Man or the Spirit of God in Galatians 5:22-23.  And either way, the passage blesses us with the fruit of the Spirit.

Romans 8:7-10 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness
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We need to make a decision to let our spirit overrule our flesh. Often when we make decisions we make them in the flesh and we need to begin to remember to consult God first, get quiet, pray first.  Pastor Don told us that he doesn’t get out of bed before spending time to focus on the Lord.

We are not to have any concourse with darkness.  When the Bible talks about not being unequally yoked, it is talking about more than just marriage, it also includes things like being unequally yoked in business.  We need to hear the voice of the Lord, and that can help us to make wise decisions.  If we make a mistake, then we need to stop, repent, return to the Lord.

Pastor Don said that mostly we hear from the Lord in our spirits.  If we are hearing audible directions from God it is usually because we have messed up and haven’t been hearing from Him in our inner being.  God often speaks in that still small voice, but we don’t always listen.  When we don’t listen, then God may need to use an audible voice.

What we need to realize is that we need to turn to God, and just because God is not saying anything against what we are doing doesn’t always mean that we are in His perfect will, we could be in His permissive will, but not doing His best for our lives.  Pastor Don told us that if his wife is not yelling at him then things are probably ok and he is acting within his wife’s permissive will.

God speaks to us in the inner witness, an inside knowing, and often if there is a peace with that inner witness it is a word from God.  God cares about everything in our lives, not just major issues, but even the little things.  Some things are not crucial – if you need a car, God may not care if you get a Pontiac or a Hundai.

Comparing our inner witness to a traffic light, our inner witness may give us a green light or a red light – to go or to stop. If we end up with a yellow light we may want to hold on and wait, seek the Lord, and find out more about what he wants.

Pastor Don then told the group that people come to him wanting him to give his approval of their getting a divorce, but Pastor Don told us that God does not do divorce.  God is not in telling you how to get out of a relationship, He wants us to work it out.

If we are not hearing from God we may be asking amiss, or asking with the wrong motive. God will give us the desires of our heart.  He wants us to be happy.

Our Number 1 way to hear from God is speaking His Word.  We can’t lead by our carnal mind which is fleshly, but by our heart, our inner spirit.  You can have everything seem good in the flesh and not be happy, or everything in your life can appear to be a mess and in your spirit you are good to go.

Sometimes God gives you an unsettled feeling to get us to move.  We tend to be creatures of habit and can take root where we are, get comfortable, and not be doing what God wants us to do.  He may give us an unquiet feeling so that we begin to change.  Just because things do not seem to be going smoothly does not mean that something is wrong in your life, it could be God prompting you to seek Him and make a change in your life. We can get socially comfortable and God may make us spiritually uncomfortable to get us to move.

In the last days, the Bible has told us that people will be inclined to believe what they want to believe.  That is why it is important for us to make sure we are searching the scriptures and the truth.

Jesus shook up everybody’s theology. The rich young ruler’s son had a lot together in his life, but there was just one thing that he was missing, the young son was trusting in wealth.  Wealth in itself is not bad, but love of money and placing it in priority to God is not good.

We need to examine what we believe and why, making sure we are eating the truth of God’s word. We want to sup on the pure word of God, not a substitute or a false teaching.

We also tend to take ourselves too seriously, and we need to laugh.  Some things that we are tied to don’t really matter.  Pastor Don told us to ask ourselves if what we are tied to will matter 100 years from now.

The Word of God is true, and if we are not focused on the truth we may be trying to survive on dry grasses and hay and stubble, and that will just keep us alive, but barely. God wants the best for us.

Praying your day is abundantly blessed.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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