TUESDAY, JUNE 11
Scripture: Galatians 5:9-18
When do we become enemies of God so that we are in jeopardy of seeing His judicial Hand? Galatians 5:9-18 does an excellent job of unfolding this process. It says, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! 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.” As we embrace the Spirit, the promise is that the Spirit will lead us to overcome the dictates of the flesh, giving us victory and providing us a redemptive path forward. When we walk in the Spirit, we will not be an enemy of God. We will serve Him, rather than conflict with His purpose.