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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.
Are you facing pressure to go along with the beliefs of co-workers, friends, and even family members in the pagan culture of our world? Listen to this lesson to learn how Paul handled the opposition and persecution he faced in the 1st century Roman world. See that he taught that we need to focus with spiritual courage and boldness on the long game and not what’s happening at the moment. In his instructions to pastors and all believers, Paul emphasized that we need to seek God’s approval and not man’s in all that we do.