In Lesson #1 (Romans 8:1-14) we quickly see that there is no gray area or confusion in God’s Word. The Bible is about as “black and white” as it gets. Your relationship with God is either hostile or peaceful, you are either in Christ or not, you either “walk according to flesh or the Spirit”, you are either condemned or redeemed.
Galatians 5 gives us some clear trail markers of where we are spiritually speaking. God’s Word talks about “knowing them by their fruit” and evidence of producing fruit of the flesh or of the Spirit can be found by taking an inventory of our life as we walk through these 10 verses:
Galatians 5:16-26 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. 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. 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 walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
How do you keep from gratifying the desires of the flesh(verse 16)? ______________________________
Can the desires of the flesh and the desires of the Spirit exist together peacefully (verse 17)? ___________
The fruit of the Spirit includes self-control, what characteristics in verses 19-21 or in direct opposition of this?
Can a person do/practice any of those things listed in verses 19-21 and go to Heaven (verse 21)? ______
When the Spirit of God dwells in us we become “born-again, “living by the Spirit”. Scripture tells us “to walk in a manner worthy of your calling”, and verse 25 instructs us to “walk by the Spirit”. It seems to put a portion of the responsibility on us as followers of Jesus Christ to “walk” a certain way. Verse 26 is quick to warn us not to be conceited in this walk. Being conceited is defined as “having a lofty opinion of yourself”; what is the opposite of “being conceited”? _________________________