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Galatians 5:25

Walk In Step With The Holy Spirit

We walk with the Holy Spirit in a physically broken world, and our joy in Christ is mingled with tears and weeping.

Romans 8:23
“We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.”

But wait! Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, so is it something we have or something we must fight for?
Galatians 5:22
“22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Sometimes, we can be our own biggest enemy. Joy can become a struggle when we entertain sin. Paul spoke to those made alive in Christ when discussing things that must be “put to death.”
Colossians 3
“1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4When Christ, who is your a life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”

Sometimes, we are lulled into subtle ways we don’t realise until joy leaves us. This is what Paul means when he says, stamp it out and squash it.

Peter also spoke about things we should “put away.”
1 Peter 2:1
“1Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
2Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
3now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

Sometimes, the fight for joy is against joy-killing habits and sin. Look to Christ for forgiveness and healing to walk in step with the gospel and the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:25
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

THE END

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