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The Ultimate Priority - Worship . . . Part 5

V.24 (cont'd.)

** What have we done, according to this verse?

In our salvation, we "have crucified the flesh with its passion and desires."

** How can that best be understood?

Crucified meant to execute! The flesh was killed at the cross of Jesus Christ and is dead in the sense that it no longer reigns over us, nor can it hold us in inescapable bondage.
cf. Romans 6:5-7

"Like a chicken with its head cut off, the flesh has been dealt a death blow, although it continues to flop around the barnyard of earth until the last nerve is stilled." (John MacArthur)

V.25 ** What practice then, must accompany our claim that we indeed live by the Spirit, if we wish to worship the Holy Spirit in our daily lives?

We must "...walk by the Spirit..." or Walk Worthy!
cf. Colossians 1:10, 2:6-7, Ephesians 4:1, 1Thessalonians 2:12

V.26 ** If we truly worship the Holy Spirit by allowing Him to produce in us His fruit to the glory of our heavenly Father, what types of people must we avoid becoming?

1) Boastful - God is opposed to the proud (1Peter 5:5)

2) Challenging - Instead, we should accept each other (Romans 14:1)

3) Envying - Instead, we should rejoice with our brothers and sisters (Romans 12:15)


** If I hope to worship the Holy Spirit of God, what must I be willing for Him to produce in me?

His fruit! All nine manifestations of it!

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