Vital signs- Sunday, November 22nd,2020



“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:16-23‬ ‭NKJV



Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have bad habits. Those things we do and say that we wish we didn’t do and say. Some habits are difficult to break and some are

incredibly

difficult to break. We may be prone to laziness or gossip, or we may have formed a habit of abusing substances. 

Whatever it is, we’ve probably either become comfortable with certain habits in our lives, or we think they’re too difficult to overcome. Why is change so challenging?


The Apostle Paul addresses this in Galatians 5:16-17. He tells us that we must

“live by following the Spirit”

because we want what is

“against the Spirit.”


Basically, what we know to be right and what we know to be wrong are at war with each other. So, when we try to do the right thing, there’s literally a war going on to try to prevent us from doing just that. We could also say that normal is at war with better than normal. Here are some takeaways .


Normal conforms to the world, but

better than normal

renews the mind.


Normal gives into temptation, but

better than normal

trusts God for a way out.


Normal gratifies fleshly desires, but

better than normal

walks by God’s Spirit.


Normal gives in to worry, but

better than normal

prays for strength and guidance. 


Normal allows evil to win, but

better than normal

submits to God.


Normal ignores sin, but

better than normal

repents and receives forgiveness.