Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.
How is it possible to do good deeds that don’t result in bearing fruit in the Christian life? Listen to this lesson to learn the importance of walking by means of the Holy Spirit rather than being controlled by your sin nature. Find out the meaning of abiding in Christ. See that we can either suffer because we deserve it or because it is not based on something we have done. Come to appreciate that undeserved suffering is designed to train and bless us and to bring glory to God.
Dr. Dean's opening comments included a reference to the upcoming Pre-Trib Rapture Study Group Conference, December 3-5, 2018. More information is available at www.pre-trib.org.