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Walking In The Spirit

Today’s Scripture – Galatians 5:16 – “…Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

Even though Paul says we should “…walk in the Spirit..” I would suggest that much of our lives are spend muddling through life instead of walking. Did you know that “muddling through” is defined as “to succeed (frequently in a clumsy fashion) despite being ill-equipped or untrained?” I think that describes much of the reality we face in life. 


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“Invictus”

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

The title of the poem “Invictus,” written by William Ernest Henly (1849-1902), is Latin for “unconquered.”   The last stanza of the poem says:

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


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Secret Sins. . .

 “Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression”  (Ps. 19:12-13).

 David gives three categories of sin:  secret sins, presumptuous sins, and great transgression.  While most will agree that sin is sin, and a “little” sin will send a person to hell as surely as a “big” sin, the Scriptures  suggest “degrees” of evil.   Jesus told Pilate, “he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin” (Jn. 19:11).  Perhaps the difference is in the degree of harm our sins bring upon others.


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