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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Going To War
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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Study Passage: Galatians 5:16-26

Living by the Spirit's Power

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.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

Study Questions

  1. What role does the Spirit play in helping us battle sin?
  2. How does cultivating the fruits of the Spirit help you counter your sinful desires?
  3. What are some gospel promises you can lean on when you're under attack from the world, the flesh, and the Devil?

Spend Time In Prayer: Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in the truth and make you more like Christ each day.

Prayer for the Week
Savior, may my mind become so saturated with the truth of the gospel that I am able to do battle against the Devil’s lies.

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