Walking in the Spirit – 3


Walking in the Spirit – 3

But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (Gen. 3:3 KJV)

To eat or not to eat “of the fruit of the tree” is the crux of Man’s survival streak in the place organized for him by God.
Recounting the incident that trumped Man in the game, the Bible records,” Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself. And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”,
“You should not eat…she gave me of the tree, and I ate…The serpent deceived me and I ate” were defining sentences that underlined the crucible that grounded the rights to peace and its quite enjoyment for Man. Man ate!
It is pungent to gain truth about what was eaten and why to refresh, reflect and redirect Man from being slain by the slime that slipped Man into precipice and depravity until “…the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:78-79 NKJV) testifying of the blessed and needed salvation offered by Grace and delivered through Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“The fruit of the tree” was the trap and eating of it to gain independence from God was the cause. We could survive any trap so long we do not trigger its cause. We need to note this. No trap can trip without it being triggered….and the trick of the adversary is the tweet of treat for trap. Saint Beware!!!
Fruit, is the edible part of a plant, the produce of the plant harvested and depended upon by human and animals. It is also described as the product, outcome or result of an activity. Fruit is the consequence of an action. The Fruit of a tree testifies for the tree: its type and composition. The Bible puts it thus, “For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.” (Luke 6:44 NKJV) The concern is; of what tree does one eat from? What tree feeds ones appetite? What triggers the result we get?
In the midst of every Man’s life garden, are still two trees and we must choose which one to nurture in every occasion about which we must make decisions. Consider what the Bible says of these two trees; “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13 NIV) The flesh and the Spirit are in the midst of everyman
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Gal. 5:22-23) Eat Right. Do right. Live Right

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Walking in the Spirit – Freedom

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Gal. 5:1 KJV)

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Liberty is the quality or state of being free; the power to do as one pleases, freedom from physical restraint, freedom from arbitrary or despotic control, the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges, the power of choice. Liberty is the state of being FREE
It is clear, within the context of God’s saving grace to grant pardon and liberty, Man is bound: despondent, skewed and thwarted in a straggling and vicious circle of trajectory idiosyncrasy. Man requires a deliverer to rescue him. God sees Man bound haplessly as the bondage is fierce and tense
Man is not free as Man himself has imagined and designed. In the pursuit and panacea for a free Society, Man unaware, has evidently identified himself as one bound and blighted by the conspicuous depravity of his imagination wrapped by the foil of enjoyment through which he employs so called freedom lost his right to be free within his domain. Freedom is lost when there is loss of right to direct the course of event by oneself.
The word Freedom is a co-join of two words: Free – Domain. Freedom is the privilege of being in a “Free domain”; a sphere, realm or area where one is able to intelligently design and implement a course of action that holds clean and true for good fortune without adverse and impugning tendency. This was the domain God granted Man at the beginning.
At the beginning; about Adam, the first of mankind, the Bible says; “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Gen. 2:15-17 NIV) Notice the quality of bequest given to Man in that Garden domain; “You are free…”
Man was living in a Free Domain and Man was free to “intelligently design and implement a course of action that holds clean and true to good fortune without adverse and impugning tendency” This is the epitome and acumen for being Free in the Domain. In the event that Man would outstep the sphere given to him, he will surely access an alternative domain governed by Death who will slay Man and rob him of the Free Domain and bound him. This is where the rubber meets the road.
Man outstepped the boarder of his “Free Domain”, lost his freedom and has since being bound. About this new domain, Paul the Apostle wrote, “So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” (Romans 7:21-25 NIV)
Beloved, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal. 5:1 NIV) This is tenet and texture of the Freedom Christ came to offer you and me. He came to reinstate us to that Free Domain to serve God without the aptitude of evil or terror. Be Free in Jesus Name.

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“And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. (Mark 15:15 KJV)

Man’s given right to choose is the most crippling and debilitating privilege he has. Notwithstanding the implicit goodwill and goodness for which it was originally intended, the fort to procure good by this element has impacted its fortune and blessings as Man is often unguarded, imprudent and ill-advised in the trading activity of his choice.
Choice is a product of desire. Desire is an inward craving motivated by perceived benefit modulated by our senses or appetite. It is this craving that stir desire validated by the choice made. What a string of cause and effect.
The Choice privilege alluded to Man became so tarnished that the Bible says, “The Lord saw that the wickedness (depravity) of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination or intent of the thoughts of his heart were only evil continually. The Lord regretted that He had made mankind on the earth, and He was [deeply] grieved in His heart. (Gen. 6:5-6 AMP) Man, had by his choices corroded his fortune and impugned His maker that God, “regretted”. How careful we must exercise our free chance to choose.
Choice is however not all bad and evil, neither is the prevalent evil outcome due to reckless use of “choice” in our environment the primary motivation that granted Man this eminent privilege to Choose. Choice is the basis for reward and remuneration. It bequeaths the gratification to desire and determines one’s fortune and future without external duress or influence.
This element about choice makes one responsible, answerable and accountable for what happens and why. A good and conscientious use of this prized and privileged right frees God from being partial, factional or sectarian; after all; every one chooses by him/her self for self.
Imagine how far fallen Man had become in the exercise of the right to choose, when Barabbas was desired to be released to them but Jesus delivered to be removed (crucified) from them.
About this Barabbas, the Bible recorded, “The man called Barabbas was imprisoned with the insurrectionists (revolutionaries) who had committed murder in the civil rebellion.” (Mark 15:7 AMP) and about Lord Jesus in the same context was said, “Again Pilate answered, “Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” They screamed back, “Crucify Him!” But Pilate asked them, “Why, what has He done that is evil?” (Mark 15:12:14 AMP). Do you see how for no evil, Man would not choose Good but despite evil choose evil? This is the typical representation of a natural Man – without course for God or recourse to God.
Beloved, there is an important notice and lesson for all Men in this recorded Bible story, the course and nature of Barabbas was not unknown to the people, he was a murderer and participated in rebellion against constituted Authority, a nuisance and disturbance to public good and peace but he was “desired to be released to them”
Barabbas represented the carnal and fleshly nature latent in Christian, according to Paul, he said, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” (1 Cor. 9:27KJV). We must be skilled to keep this “Barabbas” bound and never release but have the Prince of Life release to moderate our lives and nature.
Choose well

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Walking in Spirit

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Gal. 5:25 KJV)

Life in the Spirit is the central theme of the New Testament Church. It is the essence that marked New Testament from the Old, the progression to completion of God’s determined counsel to institute His Kingdom and culture among men. It is the capstone of God’s creation and remediation plan that all things may conclude in Christ Jesus. There is a lot to glean from this contemplation.
To institute this plan to raise a Kingdom of People called His own, God said, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them… and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. (Ezek. 36:26-28). Notice, it is pursuant to God’s Spirit within a Man that marks life in the Spirit, making walk in the Spirit attainable.
It is folly therefore and indeed funny, for anyone to conceive and pursue life in the Spirit without being indwelt and directed by the Holy Spirit. It is this attempt to live the life of God without the Spirit of God that portends the massive enlistment of caricature Christians (sorry no abuse intended) who carry a form but are lacking power that backs the lifestyle they seek to project. This is abysmal.
Beloved, take good notice of how God thought to raise His people, He said, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them…” The path to attaining God’s commandment is clearly marked here, “my spirit within you” takes foremost precedence and priority. Notice the effect of “my spirit within you”: It goes to say “and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezek. 36:27). Walking in the Spirit is our enablement by the indwelling Spirit of God to walk (live by) in the Statutes of God so as to keep His judgements and do them.
The bane of carnality in a Spirit filled Christian is the neglect of the promptings of the indwelling Holy Spirit to walk in the Spirit. It is the neglect of the “causing” by the Spirit to walk in God statutes that congregates people who are spirit filled but not spirit controlled. This is the focus of Paul’s admonition to the Galatian Christians when he said, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25)
Beloved, life in the spirit is clearly evident, it introduces itself by its effect, the “causing by the Spirit” that makes the Christian walk (live) by the statutes of God, keeping His judgements, the determination by God of what is true and right and compelling grace on the Christian to carry out (do) the instructions of God. This is “walking in the Spirit”. It is the physical evidence of inward leading by the Holy Ghost about which a Christian would confess as Jesus, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself [of His own accord], unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever things the Father does, the Son [in His turn] also does in the same way. For the Father dearly loves the Son and shows Him everything that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will be filled with wonder.” (John 5:19-21AMP).
Beloved, if we live in the Spirit, we by the Spirit gain access to know what the Father wants us to do and doing them; we essentially are walking not as we would have walked but as God does…”follow me”, He saith. (Matt. 4:19 AMP)

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