Breakthrough….faith working in reality, not just in religion/philosophy!
Am I living in my own self-efforts or am I living the new and living way by faith in Yeshua/Jesus, in every area of my life? Am I trying to please God in my own efforts and works or are the good works flowing out of me because I am attached to the Vine by faith? Are my choices and actions motivated by faith in God or by fear/worry in the world? Am I living in faith or just believing in faith as a religion?
I have always struggled with self-discipline or self-control as a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). I can see how love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness operate through the Holy Spirit. Self-control always sounded like I had to “work it”. But, I am beginning to understand this from the perspective of “control of self” or “control of flesh”.
When I die to my old self and the world’s way of living and instead follow Him in faith by the leading of the Holy Spirit, then I can bear the fruit of putting the flesh/self under the control of the Holy Spirit. It is no longer I who live, but Christ in me…my hope of glory….my hope of salvation. (Galatians 2:20, Colossians 1:27). He is my deliverer and I am His workmanship when I live by faith/trust in Him. This is much different from me trying to control myself. It is the Holy Spirit to the rescue to save me. It is daily salvation! My focus needs to be to live by faith in Yeshua by the power of the Holy Spirit in everything at all times!
If I stay in faith in God, then I am a work in progress. If I drift from faith and trusting in Him, then His work in my life is paused and my own works take over…..and I can easily be drawn into the world’s ways by deception. What would ever make me think that I would want to do this life on my own efforts and abilities? Pride or ignorance, I guess….maybe because that is the way everyone else lives?
Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”