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September 10, 2017 - Our Spiritual Identity Crisis - Galatians 5:16-26

posted Sep 25, 2017, 1:02 PM by Grant Garber
  • We Christians have an ongoing spiritual identity crisis because we are both sinners and saints at the same time.
  • What will we allow to dominate? – That is the question. Flesh or Spirit?
  • The flesh will always continue to stress its desires in opposition to the Spirit; but the Spirit who indwells every Christian declares opposition to the flesh. Paul is certain who will be triumphant – and we can be certain if we “live by the Spirit”.
Paul catalogs the works of the flesh -- -
  • Sexual sins and impurity
  • Sins against God
  • Sins of excess
  • Sins in human relationship
  • As believers we don’t find our identity in sin, or in the label “sinner”, although we do struggle daily against sin. Instead Paul reminds us that in authentic Christianity we are of the Holy Spirit.
  • Those who belong to Jesus Christ have crucified the flesh.
  • We are completely capable of walking in step with Jesus and serving others thereby reflecting the love of God in our lives.
  • If we want to be led by the Spirit, then we must feed the saint inside us, the new person in Christ who can defeat and overcome the desires of the flesh.
  • When you are “in Christ”, and are moved by the Spirit, the unexpected and the unlisted will come.
Pastor Jim Spon | Galatians 2:6-16