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Living In Spirit - (Living a spirit Controlled life)

By: By Bishop Dr. J.M Kamiri

Here's a summary of the sermon

  • Reflecting on past sins should not lead to guilt or condemnation for born-again Christians.
  • Expressing frustrations or annoyance towards God does not insult the Holy Spirit but highlights human imperfections.
  • In Christ, believers are declared not guilty and offered freedom from sin and the power to resist evil.
  • The law cannot save or provide complete righteousness; it brings a death sentence due to human inability to fulfil its requirements.
  • Being born again should lead to a noticeable change in behaviour and mindset, living according to the Spirit rather than fleshly desires.
  • Christians should constantly seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit and walk in alignment with His guidance.
  • Genuine believers are known by their fruits, with transformed lives reflecting love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  • Vices indicating a flesh-controlled life include impure thoughts, lust, hatred, fighting, jealousy, anger, criticism, self-righteousness, and even murder.
  • Embrace the freedom from condemnation, reject a flesh-controlled life, and strive for a spirit-controlled life.
  • God's grace and reliance on the Holy Spirit are essential in the journey of faith.

Scripture References

  • Romans 8:1-2: "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death."
  • Galatians 5:22-23: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law."
  • Galatians 5:16: "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh."
  • Galatians 5:19-21: "The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."
  • Ephesians 4:30-31: "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice."
  • John 14:26: "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
  • Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

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