Friday: Further Thought – Living By the Spirit

Spectacles on Bible

Further Thought: “The life of the Christian is not all smooth. He has stern conflicts to meet. Severe temptations assail him. ‘The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.’ The nearer we come to the close of this earth’s history, the more delusive and ensnaring will be the attacks of the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Way to Victory


Although an inward conflict between the flesh and the Spirit always will rage in the heart of every believer, the Christian life does not have to be dominated by defeat, failure, and sin. According to Galatians 5:16-26, what is the key to living a life where the Spirit reigns over the flesh? Galatians 5:16-26 contains five key … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Living by the Spirit

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Living by the Spirit” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Fruit of the Spirit

Fruits of the Spirit

(Gal. 5:22-24) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23, ESV). In what ways does obedience to the Ten Commandments reflect the fruit of the Spirit as it is expressed in these verses? (See also Matt. 5:21-22, Matt. 5:27-28; Matt. 22:35-40.) The … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Works of the Flesh


Having introduced the conflict that exists between the flesh and the Spirit, Paul in Galatians 5:18-26 elaborates on the nature of this contrast by means of a list of ethical vices and virtues. The catalog of vices or virtues was a well-established literary feature present in both Jewish and Greco-Roman literature. These lists identified behavior to be … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Christian’s Conflict

Paul before and after his Conversion

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Gal. 5:17; see also Rom. 7:14-24). How have you, in your own life as a believer, experienced the harsh and painful reality of these words? The … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Walking in the Spirit


Read Galatians 5:16. What does the concept of “walking” have to do with a life of faith? Deut. 13:4-5; Rom. 13:13; Eph. 4:1; Eph. 4:17; Col. 1:10. “Walking” is a metaphor drawn from the Old Testament that refers to the way a person should behave. Paul, himself a Jew, makes use of this metaphor often in his letters to describe the … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Living by the Spirit

Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 5:16-25; Deut. 13:4-5; Rom. 7:14-24; Jer. 7:9; Hos. 4:2; Matt. 22:35-40. Memory Text: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16, ESV). One of the most beloved Christian hymns is Robert Robinson’s “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” Robinson, however, was not always a man of … [Click to read more …]