Live in the Spirit

I can remember a time when the Holy Spirit was all but ignored by Christians. He was either confined to the first century or restricted exclusively to the New Testament. Then a time came when the Holy Spirit was released from his prison and . . . . well, we weren’t exactly sure what he was doing but it had a lot to do with emotions and how we were feeling. We could feel the Spirit moving and it was all very exciting, but there was not much substance. When we read Paul’s letter to the Galatians he has a lot to say about the work of the Spirit. His work is anything but confined and it is certainly much deeper than one’s up and down emotional journey though life.

One critical work the Holy Spirit does in the life a Christian is to reproduce the person of Christ. When we allow the Spirit to do his work, our lives show the evidence that God is working in and through us. What is that evidence? Why, it is the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Throughout this series of sermons I hope we will all develop a sensitivity to the work of the Spirit. “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious,” Paul says. The fruit of the Spirit needs to be equally obvious to us. Crucify the sinful nature and the fruit of the Spirit will grow. If you want to see the Holy Spirit at work in your life, then stop feeding your sinful nature! “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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  1. avatar Adam says:

    In particular, I like the word choice used for our focus on the spirit. We should “recognize” it. Pursuit of more fruit is not the goal. Then, after we understand Jesus' desire for our life, at least broadly, then we cooperate…and live a fruitful life.

    The message I hear from this is that we should focus not on ourselves, or what we are doing, but have our eyes, and souls and minds, focused on God. In this picture, we are only a part, and not the central focus.

    Looking forward to the examining each component of our spirit fruit.

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