1 Kings1; Galatians 5; Ezekiel 32; Psalm 80

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:1,16,22-23

A watch rests in my jewelry box. The pendant  belonged to my grandmother, who was born in 1887. The gold is tarnished. It doesn’t keep time. The chain is broken. Yet every so often I take it out and attempt to adorn myself with a useless relic from the past.

I think about how the yoke of sin still sparkles deceptively in my life. My old nature tries to put a strangle hold on me. I know wearing this collar of temptations can only lead to ugliness and discord.

This sin/repentance cycle repeats over and over. I pray. I transcend, rather than descend into the baser instincts. Each time I shun more quickly wrong actions. Covered in prayer I throw off everything that hinders my walk with Jesus.

To live in the Spirit is one of my greatest desires. I imagine myself wearing a new necklace fashioned by the Holy Spirit, that shines with happiness, peace, patience, love, kindness, gentleness, self-control and faithfulness.

One day I will be perfect. On that day I will be festooned in pure white garments of praise. I need no other adornment than to reflect my Savior’s love.

yicareggie

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