Brothers In The Spirit

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Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. — Galatians 6:1

I love this transition from Galatians 5 to 6 because Paul helps us see that there is a Spirit that works in us to guide us, but this does not rule out the working of the Spirit in others. The Spirit works through us and others for mutual benefit driving us to accountability with God.

But accountability on this level assumes a few things that are evident in this text. First, that we're in close enough proximity to know the transgression of another brother. Second, that we're attentive to the Spirit enough to feel a conviction about their present challenges. Third, that we're motivated to restore them for their benefit, not to draw attention to our holiness. Fourth, that we're humble in our approach so that the way we correct will not lead us into sin.

But fellas, it's the first assumption in this list that I think is the big one. We are simply not close enough to another brother for him to even know what's going on in his life. Do you know why? Because we know how to isolate ourselves so that we can do whatever we want. And then one day, we look up and discover we're in a huge mess all alone because we hid, isolated, and secluded ourselves from other brothers because we preferred the flesh over the Spirit. And guess what. A little bit of the Spirit's accountability could have stopped it all.

Today I want you to name a brother who has helped you spiritually. Share his name in the comments and, in short, how the Spirit worked in him to help you. And if you are out there today and don't have a spiritual brother, I pray God will put a name on your mind today, and you will run to him before you find yourself in a huge mess.

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  1. David B. Hayes says:

    Tom
    When I had a epilepsy seizures.
    and lost my driving privileges, per my Neurologist request.
    Tom set up a driving pool with my Men’s Bible Study to pick me up and bring home

  2. Franklin Lovell II says:

    Thank you for doing these little devotionals each day. They are helping me each day. Even when you step on my toe’s. I will be praying for you that God gives wisdom and peace while you plan your retreat. Sorry that is all I can do for you because I can’t come to the retreat.

  3. JesseHernandez says:

    Hey Vince,
    My name is Jesse Hernandez and I don’t know if you remember me but I was the guy that was just released from doing a little time in the workhouse back in 2015 and was invited to give my testimony at a retreat where you were present and spoke as well, I came with a guy named Bill. I just wanted to reach out to say thank you for your daily devotional as they are a great help along the way, I’ve learned and am still learning sooo much from them and every now and then I receive a word from you that answers a lingering question that I might have at that point in time, today was one of those days. I’ll be choosing a buddy of mine to hook up with more often to encourage me and hold me accountable for my actions as well and his name is Tom Kiefer. Thanks again for your daily devotion’s and please don’t hesitate to reach out for any kind of help you may need as I’ll be praying for you and your ministry.
    God bless you,
    Jesse Hernandez

    • JasonB says:

      Way to go, Jesse. I’m praying for you, for a strong spiritual brother, and that you let the Spirit rule in your life just like I need to do in mine. Let’s stay strong in Him.

  4. Pete says:

    Jose has been a good friend for several years now, but has become closer in the last year as he has helped listen and ask the right questions to make sure I’m processing things carefully and in Godly manner. He’s encouraged me to not lower my standards and expectations for other church leaders despite their recent betrayal, lies and their attacks against other leadership, him, me and even our families. Despite our long talks, he’s always listening and sharing with me from his heart. God has used him tremendously to help me heal better and not leave our church or get bitter.

  5. Jeff Falley says:

    Tim O’Neal and Robert Klutts they were there when I needed to confess a deep dark sin and they held no judgement but just prayed and talked it out. I can still go to them today with anything.

  6. Bill B. says:

    Mark is a true spiritual brother who walked with me through my divorce back in 2000. He gave up many of his lunch hours to meet and pray with me.

  7. Doug Weaver says:

    My brother in Christ, Doug Holmes, have been walking alongside me for the last 15 years as we grew together in Christ. Doug went home to be with the Lord this past February which left a large void in my life. But God is good and has brought another man into my life to help me continue my journey. Proverbs 27:17

  8. Dennis says:

    Mark Schafer, a true Brother in Christ. When I would be struggling with trying to accept and understand the weakness I see men , I would have deep conversations with Mark and we would go into the Word deeply together. Mark has gone home to Jesus and I long to sit with him again. Brothers to go deep with are a hard find.

  9. Mike Davis says:

    Gary, he accepted me for who I am and lifted me up. He is more than my brother in the spirit I feel as though he is truly my brother. There is always a person that comes into your life that is God sent and it is him.

  10. Eddie Ackerman says:

    My neighbor Vince, not Miller, helped drag me out of a sprint FROM God and brought me to church with him, he is now in Heaven, but because of his concern for me, I made my first confession of faith and look forward to the day when I can see him again.

  11. Dan Anders says:

    Don D.
    This man was the first person I met when I visited the church that I am a member of now. I know God led me to him or him to me. He’s been a blessing to me and is there for me whenever I need him. He has also got me involved in Marked Men for Christ.

  12. Ryan says:

    Kurt has been a supportive spiritual brother who has shown me the importance of accountability. He encouraged me to set goals in my spiritual, personal, and professional life and continues to hold me accountable all these years later.

  13. Gary says:

    John has been my soulmate for over 45 years. He has never judged me throughout my many struggles. To this day he is holding me accountable with my sexual addiction. His prayers and texts and calls mean a lot to me! Praise God for his patience, kindness and love for me.

  14. Jamie Adams says:

    Damien Wetzel
    Has helped we stay closer to god by sending me the devos everyday. He also arranged my baptism at his church.

  15. Randy Fairthorne says:

    Hi Vince, my spiritual brother is my friend Konrad. 17 years ago we were brothers caught in a web of drug addiction. He went to Narcotics Anonymous and just celebrated 16 years clean. Unfortunately I kept using. Over the years I would see him at work and never once did he turn his back on me. He continued to point out positives in my life and always encouraged me, telling me God had big plans for me. I have just celebrated 2 years clean off Crack cocaine and Jesus in my life has made ALL the difference. Konrad is my sponsor and a wonderfully spiritual man even though he’s been battling cancer for 4 years now. 🙏

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  16. Terry T says:

    Terry, Dyral, Dallas, John,Rick , Ned. I am blessed to has a hand full of brothers to do life with that knows each other well enough to keep us accountable . We have lunch together every tuesday ( for the last 20 years at the same place, guys have come and went over time) but we meet and also serve together on Cross Water Outfitters. I cound not emagine life with out them.

  17. Jason says:

    Milo – He walked with me for years helping me learn how to live in tune with the Spirit. He taught me how to love my wife and children like a goy man should. I truly believe God used him to save our marriage.

  18. Tom F. Sr. says:

    Harlow – As a Spiritual father in the Lord, he came alongside of me, nine years into my marriage and provided the love, wisdom and insight I needed to fight for our marriage. On July 21st, to the Glory of God, my crown and I will celebrate 38 years of matrimony! I will be forever grateful.

  19. Sheldon says:

    Glen he calls just about every other day to encourage or just to say hello, and this means a hole lot to me.

  20. David says:

    Jim – he brought me to church and was the key to helping me in my spiritual journey and relationship with Christ.

  21. GTT says:

    Pastor Mohr – reading the Bible
    Pastor Casterton – sacrificial living
    Vince Miller – teaching the will of God to and for men, not through their power but through the power of the Holy Spirit.

  22. Rodney says:

    Ron and David, helped a lot. They restored my trust in men and showed me how to truly follow Jesus! And how to love my fellow man. God bless you all!

  23. Mark says:

    My spiritual brother Chris. He is the one who confronted me in my sexual immorality and sin, he figured it out that I was hiding in isolation, he called me on it and wouldn’t leave me alone while I worked through it all with God. Because of his love and brotherhood, today I’m a renewed man who is delivered from porn and sexual immorality. Thanks Vince for this message, and for those of you that don’t have a brother, an accountability partner, a prayer brother – I pray that God leads you to one. Until then, reach out and I’ll stand with you in prayer. It’s that iron on iron work that we can share!

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  24. Roger says:

    Thank you Lord for putting Jon in my life. He brought clarity that you can’t serve two masters. Now I’m sober 13 months and my life has done a 180. PTL.

  25. Stan S. says:

    Kelvin O.:

    A close friend and brother who is always available to listen and give Godly advice as I am confronted with life’s challenges. I am blessed beyond measure to have such a wonderful friend.

  26. Taylor says:

    Brian – he was one of my first friends who truly believed in God. I go to him with questions, large decisions and advice. He is full of wisdom, knowledge and a great Godly husband/father to take mental notes from whenever I am around him! Thank you God for putting Brian and his family into my family and my life!

  27. Dennis Haynes says:

    Karsten Flowers has been a brother who has been a leader and a spiritual brother for me for 2 or 3 years. He leads us, a small group of men, every Tuesday in a mens group. He has the same heart as I do to be a servant at church but also to be Gods hands and feet in the world

  28. Damien Wetzel says:

    Rob Surber has been my brother and mentor in my 5 month long journey in Discipleship. Spiritual accountability in its essence.

  29. Bill says:

    Gary B. He mentored me . He held me accountable with love and in Christ Jesus. He gave me books of guidance even though I am not a reader , and helped me see my life as part of the family of God, inspire of my times of despair and frustration, sometimes even when I tried to shun him or push his advice aside.

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