Abide – Good Morning
The Way Through Suffering
In Isaiah 35:8 NLT says, ” And a great road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-minded people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there.”
Travel in antiquity was dangerous. But God was preparing a way so that His people could come to Zion. The way of holiness – A further description of the highway. By virtue of calling, it holy, it would seem that this road leads to God’s sanctuary where He will be worshiped.
Isaiah has delivered a message of judgment on all nations, including Israel and Judah, for rejecting God. Although there have been glimpses of relief and restoration for the remnant of faithful believers, the climate of wrath, fury, judgment, and destruction has prevailed. Now Isaiah breaks through with a vision of beauty and encouragement. God is just as thorough in His mercy as He is severe in His judgment. God’s complete moral perfection is revealed by His hatred of all sin, and this leads to judgment. This same moral perfection is revealed in His love for all He has created. This leads to mercy for those who have sinned but who have sincerely loved our Lord Jesus Christ and put their trust in Him.
Abide – Good Night
Walk By The Holy Spirit
In Galatians 5:16-18 NLT says, “16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.”
The word so ties in with Verses 13-15. The strategy for removing the divisiveness that marred the Galatian church was to live according to the new life given to them by the Holy Spirit. God sent the Holy Spirit to be with and within His followers after our Lord Jesus Christ had returned to heaven (see John 14–16).
The phrase conveys the meaning of the literal translation “by the Spirit keep on walking.” Walking means “living” in this context, and it emphasizes the moment-by-moment contact with and guidance by the Holy Spirit for daily decisions and activities. Living “according to the Spirit” should be a daily, continuous action by Christians. He is always present, but we must be in touch with Him and stay open to His guidance and correction.
The result? You won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. When we become believers, our sinful nature still exists. But God asks us to place our sinful nature under the control of the Holy Spirit so that He can transform it. This is a supernatural process. We must never underestimate the power of our sinful nature, and we must never attempt to fight it in our own strength. Satan is a crafty tempter, and we have a limitless ability to make excuses. Instead of trying to overcome sin by our own willpower, we must take advantage of the tremendous power of our Lord Jesus Christ. God provides for victory over our sinful nature – He sends the Holy Spirit to live in us and give us power. But our ability to restrain the desires of the sinful nature depends on how much we’re willing to “live according to” the Holy Spirit. For each believer, this daily process requires moment-by-moment decisions.
While believers live in this world, they face constant tension between their old sinful nature and what the Holy Spirit wants. We must not infer from Paul’s words that our personality has two selves, nor that we have two equal and opposite forces struggling to gain control. In our Lord Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit, we have a victorious new resurrection life. The Holy Spirit in us guarantees our future total redemption and change. Though we have new life in our Lord Jesus Christ, we still have a mind and body prone to rebel and enticed by sinful desires. We must resist those desires.
We often experience resistance when we follow the Spirit’s leading. Satan serves as a persistent teacher of rebellion, and humanity has had centuries of practice. Whatever path we choose, we will hear the whispers of opposition – our choices are never free from this conflict. Whenever we set out to do what the Holy Spirit instructs, we can expect our sinful nature to flare up in opposition.
When we decide to share the Gospel, our sinful human nature will make us feel foolish. When we decide to commit ourselves to some service, evil desires hinder us, trying to thwart the leading of the Holy Spirit. Conversely, each time we follow our sinful human nature, we will receive (through our consciences, God’s word, or even other believers) reminders not to follow those sinful desires. True believers realize the deadly power of sin. No longer their master, sin now attacks like a powerful enemy. These two forces within are constantly fighting each other. Sinful desires still pop up, like guerrilla forces, attacking us when we least expect it.
Freedom from the law does not imply freedom to do whatever we please (Galatians 5:13). Neither do we live in the Holy Spirit in some sort of “middle ground.” Instead, we live on another plane altogether – we have truth as opposed to falsehood; we have grace as opposed to works; we act out of love as opposed to being subject to the law; we are supervised by the Holy Spirit as opposed to being supervised by the law. Amen!
The Gospel – The Good News
In John 3:16-17 NLT says, “16 “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.”
The message of The Good News – The Gospel comes to a focus in these verses. God’s love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships – when we love someone dearly, we are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid dearly with the life of His Son, the highest price He could pay. Our Lord Jesus Christ accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and then offered us the new life that He had bought for us. When we share the Good News with others, our love must be like our Lord Jesus Christ’s – willingly giving up our own comfort and security so that others might join us in receiving God’s unconditional love.
In John 14:6-7 NLT says, “6 Jesus told him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me. 7 If you had really known Me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!”
This is one of the most basic and important passages in Scripture. How can we know the way to God? Only through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Way because He is both God and man. By uniting our lives with His, we are united with God. Trust our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit to take you to our Father God, and all the benefits of being God’s child will be yours.
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Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples,
Pastor/Chaplain Elias Aguilar Busuego Jr PhD DTM
Founding Pastor – Home Fellowship Churches – https://homefellowshipchurches.org
Chaplain – American Legion (AL) District 10 – Texas, AL Post 302 Hutto, TX, formerly at AL Post 447 Round Rock, TX
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