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WORTHY LIFE- TEMPERANCE Galatians 5:16-24 v16 “Walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh".
Jesus came to the earth with a definite mission. God has a mission and purpose for our life too. We are wired by God to lead a life that makes a difference in the world. God has provided us talents, abilities and also freedom to choose the right and wrong. Ultimately God wants our life to be worthy of His creation. Just as Jesus glorified God by fulfilling His mission in the world, we are told to emulate His example. Our actions and beliefs determine our convictions, our convictions determine our conduct and our conduct determine our character. What is our gold standard that we elect to live in this world? Are we going by world’s standard or we, the redeemed by the blood shed on the calvary take Jesus’s standard to follow and lead our life? Let us have the commonsense to select the right and wrong and go by God’s rules to make a successful living. Now the question is who determines what is right and wrong. My rights may be wrong to you and your rights may be wrong or right to me. Our only reference is the word of God and the model He has left for us to follow. Let us abide by these rules. Here in today’s meditation Paul writes to Galatians about the fruit of the spirit and the fruits of the devil. We have to be a God’s child, guided and filled with the Holy spirit to be a producer of the fruits of the spirit. Once we figure out why we are created and what we have to achieve in the small lifespan that is allotted to us, our goals will be more specific and there will not be a dilemma to choose the right from the wrong. Discernment is a key success in life. We need to live everyday free of doing sin and being a slave to the devil. We have to be focused more to hear the voice of God among the numerous others that we hear. God speaks to us every day through our devotions, Bible reading and prayer. Let us allow God to steer our life, get away from the bondages of sin and the power of darkness. The same power that blew the stone off Jesus’s tomb will blow open the prison doors that hold us back and allow us to be a free person glorifying God. When we accept Jesus as our savior, we are one with Him. His likeness and holiness will prevail in our lives. The very power that enabled Jesus to resist all temptations will dwell in us and give us strength. Still there will remain in our mortal body an impulse to sin ‘a sinful nature’ that must be surrendered to God to lead a successful life. Only through constant prayer, companionship with the word and faith that we acquire the power to overcome our sinful impulses. So, let us decide today as we are in a new year to walk in the spirit and not to allow ourselves to fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
PRAYER Lord God give us the strength to win this world and the forces of the evil. Cleanse us by your blood and make us worthy of your creation.
THOUGHT FORTHE DAY Let us crucify the flesh with its passion and desires and be a new creation.
Dr. Thomas K Jose, The Mar Thoma Church Staten island.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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