“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5: 25-26
It really seems to be the theme for this week…the reminder to walk with God, within His strength and not my own. I’m definitely struggling with this lately. It’s all too easy to speak the words that I’m Ok with God’s will in any aspect of my life but my heart isn’t fully feeling it. Patience? What’s that?!
I’m finding too, that the longer that I am waiting for God to bless me in different areas, I am beginning to make assumptions…I’m reading into situations and things that are said, not said etc. It’s really beginning to become ridiculous. I know it, but I’m still feeling it. ☹️ It’s one of the reasons I am so very grateful for the ladies in my Women’s Bible study. We are all so honest with our feelings and open to guidance from eachother. We affirm one another in our struggles and do not discount how the other is feeling. Life is rough sometimes and we need others to validate how we feel and lift each other up.
I can feel kind of dumb about it sometimes because, overall, I am extremley blessed. I really am. The areas that I am struggling in…I’m actually blessed in, if I’m honest with myself about it. I do have a job. A job in which I have a supervisor that recognizes my work. I am doing work for God-through this blog, the women’s Bible study and showing a movie each month at my old church. Writing it down…I’m feeling a bit selfish and like a spoiled child.
That may be why I needed to come across this Scripture this morning. A reminder that when we give our lives to Jesus we are blessed with the Holy Spirit within us. It is up to us however to step aside and let Him work through us. To help us walk each day in the path that He has laid out for us.
The King James Version of this Scripture really lays it out straight. Ouch.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory-although I really don’t want to admit to it…this is part of the issue with my attitude. I think and feel “When am I going to be recognized and promoted? What did that person do?!” Lord Jesus, please forgive me for my selfish and self-righteous attitude.
Provoking one another-I’d like to say that this only pertains to starting an argument with someone but I think it’s a bit more involved than that. It could also include getting someone’s ear and talking bad about someone else-especially situations that could lead to confrontations. i.e.-“Did you hear what she said about you?”
Envying one another. I think many of us fall into this in one aspect or another at times. We are called to be careful to not become jealous of something someone else has-including recognition from others.
This is one small example of why the Bible is just so awesome. God knows who we are. He knows that we struggle to keep our eyes on Him rather than ourselves and our own wants and needs-our circumstances. His Word gives us guidance on how to live our lives and the strength to move forward through His promises.
We may not get what we want…well, what we think we want. But God’s way for our lives will often surpass anything we could have imagined.
Let us work together this weekend to keep our eyes on Him, to remember that He loves us beyond measure (even with all our shortcomings-praise the Lord!) and pray for one another.
Thank you, my friends for allowing me to share/express my trials.
Have a blessed Friday. In Jesus’ precious name.
“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14