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Liberated From Legalism pt 25 [10-24-21]

October 24, 2021

"Liberated from Legalism"

Galatians 5:19-26

Whether it's spring, summer, or these beautiful fall days, do you ever notice tree differences? Sometimes it's one tree of the same kind in proximate distance to the other, so you know they share the same soil type, access to sunshine, and precipitation amounts. And yet, one of these trees is productive and flourishing while the other is nasty and gnarly, hanging on by the skin of its teeth.

The healthy tree is happily producing flowers or buds or fruit or nuts or a flourish of prolific leaves, or whatever else God has designed it to produce. The other tree is barely there with hardly any evidence of what kind of tree it's supposed to be. One is in the prime of its fruitfulness while the other is knocking on heaven's door.

What's going on? One is the epitome of what its brand of tree is supposed to be, while the other is a 63-year-old Madonna fooling nobody.

Today, we're going to look at verses 19-21 of chapter five. Here Paul describes the fruitless existence of the flesh, aka, our sinful nature. As we look at the dying tree this week, we'll set the stage for the fruitful and productive work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. This is the week we wallow in the mud, getting a clear picture of what epitomizes spiritual death.