Recap: A couple weeks ago, I felt led to begin looking intently at Galatians 5:16-26 (see original post). This week, was on Galatians 5:17. I didn’t look as intently at it, as I could have this week. However, God used this Scripture to continue and speak regarding different things in my life. He spoke big time this week, as I begin to unveiled my heart and let Him in on some of my struggles and tried to walk more toward obedience in other things He was leading me to do. That is what it is about: learning to walk by His Spirit… I am thankful for all that He is showing me.
“The sinful nature does what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so you cannot do what you want.” – Galatians 5:17
How often do we see this play out in our lives? Daily… Often times, we aren’t opening our spiritual eyes to take notice.
“But if you are led by the Spirit,
you are not under the Law.” – Galatians 5:18
Clarke’s commentary adds:
“But, if [you] be led of the Spirit – If [you] receive again the Gospel and the grace of Christ, and permit yourselves to be influenced by the Holy Spirit whom you are now grieving, [you] are not under the law – [you] will not feel those evil propensities which now disgrace and torment you; but they must prevail while you are not under the influence of the grace and Spirit of Christ.”
When we come to Christ and allow His Spirit to have control, those fleshly desires begin to fade away. It is by no means an instantaneous transformation, but daily we become more like the character of Christ. Things that used to be a tool of slavery, will become less of a desire and struggle for us, for God will cultivate in us His desires. It all comes by choosing to follow Christ, spend more time in the Word and with the Lord in prayer, and being willing to go where He calls us to go. It is not by our power, but His Spirit, that we can overcome our sinful desires. It is by God alone that we can learn to walk by His Holy Spirit.