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  • Cerbits
    i am circumcised... how can i undo it? i believe in jesus teachings... i pray to God, issek help to God... but i'm circumcised already... is there any way to be saved?
  • Jman
    I really love this scripture. as a young man so many times it is hard not to give in to the flesh. but just to think that when you kill yourself in the spiritual you are HIS. and not only that but verse one is one of my favorite verses. BE NOT ENTANGLED AGAIN IN THE YOKE OF BONDAGE.
  • Ms. Banks
    It clarified for me that there are nine fruits of the spirit instead of seven.
    Stand FAST (meaning resolute {determined},fixed; able to resist change of any kind)in the freedom by which Christ has made us free.
  • Juan Ramos for verse 2
    It clearly sets apart the good news of Jesus Christ from all other believes to be right before GOD.
  • John.stallworth
    I like this chapter because it helps you to see the dominate character in you thru the sins of the flesh and the fruits of the spirit, compare your self up with the definitions.
  • How does the flesh fight us since it has been crucified according to Gal. 5:24? Wouldn't it now be considered Temptation?
  • Galatians 5:22 is a description of a real christian,it is easy to say i am a christian but to look like a real christian you must have a characteristic or a gift from the holy spirit as what in Galatians 5:22 has stated.
  • Alice Burrage
    I think this passage makes it so clear what God expect of us and his children, I found that there is times I must crucify the flesh daily and for some people several times a day I must deny my feelings of hate and give it to God. I can say that after time I no longer have some of those struggle. If you try God will meet you and make it right.
  • Charles for verse 5
    the Spirit comes to dwell with you and latter comes to dwell in you as a believer in christs death and you can only expirience the blessed hope of righteouness through the
    Spirit when Jesus and the Father have came to indwell you which is the hope of righteousness.
  • Minnesota
    Read Battlefield of the mind.By Joyce Myers & The Normal Christian life. (Faith) By Watchman Nee
    When I look back at my life an all God kept me from and How he was with me.I know he loves me an to sacrafice your life for a person such as me.That can only be love nothing else.
  • Emma
    Stanley - I know EXACTLY how you feel. I was born and raised in a church. Got angry with God and my mother when I felt He took her from me when I was 12 years old. But doing that time that I was angry with the both of them. I always still went to church.

    But like you, Stanley, I have always talk the talk, but never really walk the walk with God. I can ministry to the best of them, but yet when it comes to me I feel like God doesn't love me.

    Like Job friends told him when he was going threw so much...." You can talk to everybody else, but can't handle your own problems"....not their words.

    But I am 51 years old...almost 51. And I feel like I just can't get it right.

    Pray for me, Stanley, and I will definitely pray for you.
  • Roseville,Mn.
    Admit an be willing to let the holy spirit deal with you.We can do nothing of ourselves it's leading of the spirit and us being willing and the desire to want to lead by the spirit.Read (Romans 8)Paul really opened my eyes an heart to see who was in the way an who is in control. Sin an salvation.
    We all have to go thru the breaking lead by the holy spirit. Let Go an Let God
  • Sherrill for verse 17
    In order to be free from our wrong doings, we must learn how to walk in the spirit.Our Flesh will tell us one thing, but if we're walking in the Spirit of God, we have the power and strenght to stop doing the things we used to do.
  • Michael Arnold
    Stanley, I'm praying for you brother. I know exactly what you are saying, firsthand. It is one thing to be reborn, and to live a life with minor setbacks of sin. It's quite another to not be sure of my salvation, because my life seems to be made up of one fleshly sin after another.

    Here's where I think we go wrong as believers in the West. We let our eyes, ears, hands and feet take in sights, sounds, objects, and paths of unrighteousness - thinking that it won't have an effect on us, or that we have the liberty to be lazy and lax about what will allow into our lives. But we have not been granted that kind of liberty. Our liberty is that we don't have to obey the O.T. law in all it's detail. But God never said we don't have to obey Him. So where is the problem? Our spirit may be renewed and reborn, but we still carry around a "body of death", a physical body, and a mind - still under the consequence of sin. This body and mind (brain) is the home for our spirit, and this body is dying. Now, we can choose to kill it ourselves by not allowing those things to come into our life that will effect our spirit negatively, or we can choose to take in all the things we want with no remorse or repentance from what the Bible calls "sin". Let me give an example. We set out to live the Christian life, and many times no one has really told us what that will take, what steps it will take, what it will look like daily - at least in many cases, we have no person in our lives to 'guide' us OR we ignore that person's advice. So... we decide to (for example) watch TV, and although we are watching what we think is a Godly show, every fifteen minutes a commercial comes on with a sexy model who is paid to lie to us about a product they would have never used had they not been paid. And somehow, despite the fact in all likelihood, that we will never see that person, we think of that girl as someone who is talking to us personally. She might even have been asked by the commercial's producer to look happy or even seductive. And the same can be said of food commercials, car commercials, etc. - whatsoever a man or woman might covet or desire outside of God's will. This is what caused Paul the Apostle to realize the trappings of sin, that although he might keep one law, he can never escape "coveting", the 10th commandment. Every sin, is essentially coveting something that lies outside of God's will for us - His best for us. So, back to the TV. If we are to walk the Christian life, we must be faithful to put God's word into our lives each day, by reading it, mediatating on it, talking to God about it, and living it. What we put into our eyes, and the other members of this body of death we all must carry around, will manifest itself in our lives. If I seek to fill my eyes with bad things, I will not be happy, and my spirit will be harmed. It's like eating processed, junk food instead of God's food - salad, healthy meat, etc. I hope you see what I'm saying here - you will not break free of this cycle, until you get off the road you are on. You must allow yourself to accept God's provision of grace and power over sin. And it's not just one thing. It's a combination. It begins with the attitude you have written about above, and it takes legs in the form of the tools he has given us. There is no other way. Tool #1: Daily time in God's Word - taking it to heart. Tool #2: Avoid those things that tempt you, and the things that lead you into temptation. Take your eyes, ears, hands and feet - and don't allow them to see, hear, touch and walk into sin. Tool #3: Prayer, constantly. You must be intimate with your Creator. Tool #4: God's people. You must surround yourself with genuine believers who don't make excuses for sin, and fill their lives with loving others through works of sacrifice. Again, your mind and body are not redeemed. They are under the consequences of sin, and must be treated carefully. You will receive a new body without corruption, but for now you are stuck like me with a 'body of death'. Our minds must be renewed, and our bodies must simply be vessels of the part of us that won't die - our spirit. I want you to consider reading a book that helped me. It's called True Spirituality by Schaeffer. Here are some quotes: The true Christian life, true spirituality, is not merely a negative not -- doing of any small list of things. Even if the list began as a very excellent list of things to beware of in that particular historic setting, we still must emphasize that the Christian life, or true spirituality, is more than refraining from a certain external list of taboos in a mechanical way.
    (Francis A. Schaeffer, True Spirituality, Ch. 1)

    We do not come to true spirituality or the true Christian life merely by keeping a list, but neither do we come to it merely by rejecting the list and then shrugging our shoulders and living a looser life.
    (Francis A. Schaeffer, True Spirituality, Ch. 1)

    Desire becomes sin when it fails to include love of God or men.
    (Francis A. Schaeffer, True Spirituality, Ch. 1)

    God bless you Stanley. I know God wants you to live a life worthy of Jesus' death for you on the cross. I pray that you begin now, and take the steps needed to grow. Here's the steps to take, and a verse worth memorizing: 2Pe 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
    2Pe 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
    And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
    And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
    And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
    For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:1ff

    Find a local church that can help you add these things to your faith... God's peace to you Stanley. Your struggle is common, but don't let that keep you from breaking free from it.

    Finally, if you have hurt someone recently who is a believer, you should reconcile with them unless it would put you in danger to revisit the sin and fall back. But, what I did is I went to my pastor for counseling. So find people who are following God closely and join in His work to redeem others and glorify Jesus.

  • Stanley e. silas
    i fall in the category of those who except the work of the cross of christ,yet my life manifest the works of the flesh.i except grace not my work,s as the means of salvation,but my life is full of sin.if you are a mordifier of the flesh,please ask god to help me live victoriously,i am headed to hell if the commentary writer of galations chapter 5 is correct.i am not being sarcastic, i am afraid for my soul.53 years of age, have always believed thar christ is the only means of salvation,yet my life does noy exsemplify a christion.i talk the talk,but i don,t walk the walk.oh god please help me to turn to you and live like a believer. i want to be genuine. forgive me for all my sin,s they are many.i have sined against heaven and earth. i have hurt so many people christian and non christian.i am sorry,trully,trully sorry.will some one plead with god on my behalf,thank you

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