Walking In The Spirit

Published on 05/01/17 under General by
Seth McCord, director of Programs, pens this blog article for our summer staff encouraging them with good Biblical truth as they walk with Jesus.

What is burdensome for you? Chances are the first thing that comes to mind right now has something to do with finals and how much needs to be done to finish out the school year.

Does obeying God ever feel like a burden?  Now I know the "correct" answer is NO! But far too often in the heat of the moment it can feel like obedience to God is a weight pulling us down. I was convicted by this question recently in reading a verse I have read dozens of times:

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. - 1 John 5:3

Why then does it feel so heavy to ask for forgiveness when I have wronged someone? Or why does it feel so rotten to turn down an invitation to a party that we just know is not where Godly things are happening? Why is it a burden to love the difficult people in our lives like our family, coworkers, roommates or classmates?

I was wrestling with this tension when I read this truth:

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. - Galatians 5:16-17

God's commands are not burdensome; it is our flesh that is burdensome. 

God's commands are not burdensome; it is our flesh that is burdensome.

Our sin nature makes it so difficult to follow after God enthusiastically. And that is why it is some important for us to walk in the Spirit and not gratify the flesh.

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