Right now I am sitting on my bed writing. I took a break from cleaning/packing. I have been a busy girl today. Last night I was listening to a speaker on different issues and stuff… and he was saying that the most effective way for breakthrough in your life or others lives is to pray, and fast. It was a very good thing to learn… So, after hearing that I decided I would fast today… not go on facebook. So, when ever I get an erdge to go on facebook instead I would pray and worship, and writing always seems to help me get out my feelings and is also a form of worship. At least I believe it is. The speaker spoke about how a few of the disciples were trying to cast out a demon (out of a man) in Jesus’ name but the demons didn’t want to come out. Jesus healed the man, and the disciples wanted to know why they hadn’t been able to cast the evil out and pretty much what he said was that some can only be cast out in prayer and fasting. I found that interesting: so with any issue in life, it’s very important to pray and believe what you pray will come to pass and not praying like Jesus is a Genie in a bottle… because that isn’t how he works. Like I have written before that a small seed faith can move mountains. Or like in church this week my pastor said, “the impossible for us as humans is possible with God!” He also said that in order to make impossible things possible with Jesus – 1. You need to take responsibility. 2. You need to go to the next level – Jesus wants more for your life. 3. Need to take Jesus’ offer on abundant life. So I thought those were very interesting. So, that is what I am doing and that there is why I decided to fast/pray today. I fasted facebook and instead dedicated that time when I would be pulled to Facebook to pray and write and listen to what God wants me to learn.
I have been soaking in Galatians 5-6 the past two days… So, I am just going to Lament on what it is that the verses mean to me.
1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
• We were set free because Jesus wants us to live in freedom. Be careful in every way so that you can not be hooked with slavery again.
5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.
• We wait in the Spirit., with faith (even though we can’t see the Lord. We know He is real) and hope for good things that will come.
7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”
•You were doing just fine, but what happened? How did you get so far away from the truth? That doesn’t come from the Lord. A little bad ruins the whole batch.
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
•There is no other way that you should be BUT free, as that is your calling. Do not misuse your freedom though, to do things that will hurt you in the end. Rather put your aim on others, Love others as you love yourself.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want.
•Walk in the Spirit and by doing so you will not feed the evil desires. The flesh desires what the Spirit dislikes and the Spirit loves what the flesh hates. They; both sides are fighting a war for your soul. So watch your footing.
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
• Living in the Spirit we must be IN the Spirit which means closer to him than a brother. Don’t let petty things get in the way between you and the Spirit.
1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load.
• If someone is stuck in the mud on the side of the road and you are on the path running the race towards the goal, help that person out of the muck, but be careful that you too… don’t get stuck. Carry your friends struggles and in this we fulfill what Jesus wants us to do. If people believe falsely about themselves about something that they shouldn’t believe – they are being deceived. Instead they should test their actions and develop themselves for who they are and start carrying their pack… on the path of life. So in a short sentence: You must help them get set onto the path again but don’t get stuck.