Keep in Step with the Spirit
Date: July 28, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse: "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." - Galatians 5:25
L - Listen for God's Word and pray: Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit within us. Teach us to walk in step with You, surrendering our will to Yours. Fill us with Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, so we may bear Your fruit in all we do. Amen.
E - Explore the History and Meaning: The apostle Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians to address the issue of legalism and the need to live by faith in Christ alone. In this verse, he emphasizes the significance of living in the power of the Holy Spirit and aligning our lives with His guidance. As believers, we have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, who empowers and transforms us. Paul urges the Galatians (and us) to actively walk in step with the Spirit, allowing Him to direct our choices, actions, and attitudes. It's a call to surrender our desires and align our lives with God's will, seeking to bear the fruit of the Spirit in all aspects of life.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
"Live by the Spirit": Refers to the new life we have in Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit's presence and power.
"Keep in step with the Spirit": Implies walking in sync with the Spirit's leading, following His guidance and promptings.
S - Summarize and Share: This verse always reminds me of high school marching band. I was a band geek and loved it! We always had to march or walk in step, and I still love watching marching bands! When a marching band parades down the street, their unity and harmony are on full display. Each member steps in sync with the drumbeat, creating a powerful performance.
In the same way, as believers, we live by the Spirit – God's Holy Spirit marching within us. It's like we're part of this incredible divine band, led by the Spirit's rhythm. When we keep in step with Him, we move in unity with God's will, and something extraordinary happens.
The Spirit produces amazing fruit in our lives – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. It's like a beautiful melody flowing from our hearts. But here's the cool part – we don't have to figure it all out on our own. The Spirit guides us, just like a conductor leading a band. He orchestrates our steps, guiding us into a life that brings glory to God and blesses others.
So, let's take a moment to tune into the Spirit's beat today. Let's align our hearts with His, surrendering our own desires to follow His lead. As we do, our lives will become a symphony of love and goodness, impacting the world around us.
Imagine the joy of being part of this incredible marching band of believers, moving together in harmony, and spreading God's love wherever we go. It's an adventure filled with purpose, and we don't want to miss a single step.
So, let's keep in step with the Spirit. Embrace the rhythm of His grace, and let His love and joy shine through your life. Walk confidently, knowing that you're part of something truly amazing – a heavenly parade of believers, united and marching to the beat of God's heart! 🎺🥁
Bible Cross References:
Galatians 5:22-23 - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law."
Romans 8:14 - "For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God."
Ephesians 5:9 - "for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth."
Colossians 3:12 - "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."