Stop Living Like A Fool


O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh Galatians 3:1-3

I think it's easy for Christians to be fooled and bewitched. We slip into a state of confusion because the natural ways of this life are so tangible they are spellbinding. Yet the Bible teaches we are spiritual beings dressed in flesh. And we not only struggle to realize this, but we also struggle to recall this regularly.

But God does most of the work we need to get done in this life if we can learn to get out of his way. He does the work of justification for us in Jesus Christ. He gives us a Spirit that dwells in us. And this Spirit works to convict, lead, and direct us into the righteous work already accomplished in Christ. Really God does most of the work. But still, believers default to living in and out of the flesh. We default to trusting in our plans, effort, and motivation. And this is why Paul calls the Galatians foolish.

Today I want you to reflect on a place in your spiritual life where you default to living in the futile power in the flesh. Maybe do a quick assessment of home, marriage, family, finances, career, and ministry and identify where you spend too much human effort doing work by your power. And then, try to identify both of these things: First, how Christ accomplished this work you are trying to complete. Second, how you need to specifically trust more in the Spirit to do this work in and through you. And then leave the rest, and give all the results and glory to God. Cause when you live this way, you ain't foolish.

ASK THIS: What place in your life do you trust too much in the flesh?

DO THIS: Ask the Spirit to give you direction and power to do the right work the right way.

PRAY THIS: God, may your Spirit work in and through me.

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Stop Living Like A Fool

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8 thoughts on “Stop Living Like A Fool

  1. David F says:

    Lord, help me get out of my way and instead be more frequently aware of and trust in your ways… always! Please help me to learn to live in the Spirit endlessly, while yet still surrounded by flesh.

  2. David Josker says:

    I must stop the temptation to get busy and get it done myself because I will fail. God help me to stay the path you have for me and depend on you and you only.

  3. CJB says:

    Any time I get too busy to pray, devo or read scripture. Then my work, relationships and life quickly become all about me. I fall back into the thought, “I got this.” Then I wonder how my day got so busy and out of control.

  4. Tom Fredericks says:

    Galatians 5:25 – If we live by The Spirt, let us also keep in step with The Spirit.
    Father God help us! As you lead me, may the things I do be perfectly in line with Your plans and Your purposes for my life. In You alone I trust!

    • Chris Caliguire says:

      Yes, Tom. I was explaining to a friend yesterday evening how I failed several hours after our morning study. I looked and acted on the wrong image on my computer. Distressed me to the point of sleeping on and off the whole day, to forget about it. I explained to my friend, “how could I have such a great worship and volunteer Sunday, men’s study Monday, and fail so badly!!??”. She said it was because I was a threat to Satan. I said it was grieving the spirit and my temporary punishment was that depression. Now if I felt that badly b4 I sinned (not after), it would be keeping in step and I instead would have felt the joy of obedience. Pray for my continued obedience. I’m so wresting with Grace vs works. To me, grace = license to sin
      Obedience = something I’ll never perfect. I bought a book on “is grace to good to be true”, slowly walking through how to understand Grace….

      • Tom Fredericks Sr. says:

        Good morning! Remember that living in Grace is never permission to sin. Rather, it is thankfully giving recognition to Jesus, the ONLY perfect man, and THE Truth that we have been saved by His work. We WERE dead in our trespasses. Our righteousness WAS as filthy rags, BUT God, through Jesus, made us clean and right before Him. Now we proclaim our love for, and loyalty to Him, by faithfully completing the work that He has given us to do. Stay in THE Word, listen for the voice of THE Holy Spirit, then obey.🙏🙏🙏

  5. Trent says:

    Most of my “normal” life. Bill paying and child rearing to name 2 major ones. Though God has shown me time and again that He will provide, I worry like it is actually under my power to control.

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