Onward Christian Soldiers
The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.
Our key Bible passage today is Galatians 5:16-25
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Our lesson today is titled “A New Power, Part 2″
In part 1 of this lesson, we began talking about the problem of the flesh. Our sinful flesh always wants us to sin. However, as Christians, we have a power within us that enables us to resist the evil that our flesh wants and do the good that our Heavenly Father wants us to do.
That force is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God; He is not just an influence for good. He is a Person who lives within us.
The Holy Spirit is God’s Gift to each of His children. Every believer in the Lord Jesus has the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. And once the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in our heart He will never leave us. The Lord Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter [the Holy Spirit], that He may abide with you FOREVER.”
The work of the Holy Spirit within us is twofold:
1. He battles against the flesh.
2. He produces Christ’s life in us.
Let us consider this twofold work of the Holy Spirit.
First, the Holy Spirit battles against the flesh. The power of the flesh within us is very strong. Sometimes it is too strong for us and it overpowers our will. We do things that we do not really want to do. Even the Apostle Paul could not overcome the flesh in his own strength. He said, “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”
But God has not left us to try to overcome the flesh in our own strength. He has given us a new power—the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit has taken up the battle against the flesh on our behalf. The Holy Spirit hates sin. He is against every sin in our life. The Bible says, “For the flesh lusteth [or battles] against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.”
The Holy Spirit is more powerful than the flesh, but the Holy Spirit does not deliver us from sin apart from our will. We must CHOOSE to be delivered from the works of the flesh.
Suppose, for example, that we have a negative attitude. That is a work of the flesh. We must make a choice. Will we allow it to continue to rule over us, or will we choose to be delivered from it?
God says that the flesh must not rule over us; instead, it must be put to death. If we choose to be delivered from the work of the flesh, then, as we count on our death with Christ, let us ask the Holy Spirit to put the flesh to death and trust Him to do it. The Bible says in Romans 8:13, “if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”
The second work of the Holy Spirit is that He produces Christ’s Life within us. Jesus Christ said the Holy Spirit “shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
Jesus Christ is holy, gentle, loving, pure, kind, patient, unselfish, and faithful. The Holy Spirit takes these things of Christ and makes them real in our life. “The fruit of the Spirit” is simply Christ’s life in us. The Bible tells us how this life is manifested when it says “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance.”
We do not make these things happen in our life. God makes them happen through the power of the Holy Spirit by the grace of God. Every good thing that we do is attributed to God and His work in our life. If we could always do good on our own, then we would, and we would not need the work of Christ within us. However, because of our sinful nature, our flesh always wants to do evil. Therefore, we must allow our flesh to be crucified with Christ and choose to let the Holy Spirit flourish within us and make us into the Christ-like people we ought to be.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, in our next lesson, we will look at the two ways in which the Christian can walk — in the flesh, or in the Spirit.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!