Don’t Get Frustrated With Trying to Keep the Law.
(Gal. 5:1 NLT) “So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law.”
Live in Freedom to Serve One Another. Love Others As You Love Yourself. Don’t Bite Each Other. Don’t Devour One Another. Be Watchful. Don’t Destroy Fellow Believers. Follow the Leading of the Holy Spirit. Don’t Give In To Your Old Nature. Follow the Holy Spirit, Not the Law. Avoid All Sexual Immorality. Eliminate Impure Thoughts. Abstain From Desiring Lustful Pleasures. Eliminate Idolatry. Have Nothing to Do With the Occult. Don’t Be Involved in Hostilities. Avoid Quarreling. Don’t Permit Jealousy In Your Relationships. Don’t Allow Outbursts of Anger For Yourself. Abstain From Selfishness. Don’t Allow Divisions To Crop Up. Don’t Feel That Everyone Else Is Wrong Except Your Own Little Group. Don’t Permit Envy. Don’t Sanction Wild Parties. Don’t Allow Anything Like the Above. Let Love Direct Your Course. Let Peace Reign Supreme. Let Joy Be In Its Fullness. Allow For Peace to Be Dominent. Let Longsuffering Have Its Place. Be Kind. Be Gentle. Let God’s Goodness Flow. Have the Faith of God. Let Meekness Be Evident. Practice Self-Control. Nail Passions And the Sinful Nature to the Cross. Don’t Be Conceited. Don’t Irritate Others. Don’t Be Jealous.
The whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." But if instead of showing love among yourselves you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. But when you are directed by the Holy Spirit, you are no longer subject to the law. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another.”
Over 3000 commandments direct our lives from the Scriptures. One-half of them are in the Psalms and Proverbs. You may say, I thought we were to follow the New Testament teachings and leave the Old Testament teachings for those under the law. Sorry, we are to follow every commandment from the Old Testament that is repeated in some fashion in the new Testament. That gives us 3000 commandments! Some of them, of course, are repeated.
But none of us have any excuse for our behavior being out of sinc with the Bible. Our full pattern for living is exposed and made clear in the Scriptures. And there are no contradictions!
God wants us to LIVE RIGHT! Our life must be totally different from the non-Christian…the difference between day-light and darkness! We are to let our light “so shine” before men that they can clearly see that God is making the difference! Our love, our faith, must not be US! It has to be so different that it will be evident to both sinner and saint alike that it is not OUR “faith”, OUR “love”, but it is “faith” and “love” that is born of the Holy Spirit. The same thing is true of our “works”. When our works, like “giving to the poor”, and “winning men to Christ” originate from US instead of God, they are “wood, hay, and stubble”, which will, at the Judgment, be burned up. But if our grace and power flows through us, as a “channel only”, from God Himself, then we’ll be rewarded as a faithful servant of Christ. God’s “fruit” and God’s “works” will endure the “tests of time”!Write to Pastor Strader to request his book