For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. – Galatians 5:13-16.
Many years ago as a child, my friend and I were climbing up a cliff with a very narrow ledge. He got frightened due to the height and dangerous situation he had gotten himself into. I tried going for help, screaming for anyone to come and save him, but nobody came. As I proceeded to move myself around him to unclench his frozen hands from the mountain that lay before him, and guide him the rest of the way, he was finally free to move upward.
I, on the other hand, lost my balance and began falling. Lay below me were jagged rocks, huge boulders, and certain death. As the sure moment of death was ever behind me, abruptly I stopped, eyes looking upward. As if something the size of a large hand had grabbed my back with force, I looked puzzled at why I continued not to descend downwards. I saw only a small sapling, with roots deep, grounded in Love. From that day forward, I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, the LORD would always have my back, if I laid down my life for others.
With my own walk with the Lord, I have had many experiences and personal moments of reflection. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:21. As we move past the principles of the Gospel and move onto perfection, we learn more about our service to the Lord, and how through His love, we are to serve one another. Below is a playlist that in total is about two and a half hours (more already added). A foundation is laid, we go through the Parable of the Poor Widow, the Parable of the Sower, and many other teachings of the Messiah. I pray that you take the time to watch, to listen, and to hear what is being said. By clicking on the “Watch on YouTube” banner, it will open the video in another window and allow for full screen viewing.
Perfecting The Saints – Through Love Serve One Another
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:3-6. “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” – Philippians 1:9-11. This I say then, walk in the Spirit and you won’t fulfil the desires of the flesh.
The struggles that each of us face are common to man. With each temptation that comes, God will give us a way to escape it, as well as the ability to bear it. And as Paul so eloquently put it, “flee from idolatry.” “They that are in the flesh cannot please God.” If you are struggling with letting go or certain things, know that you are not alone. “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” – Colossians 1:9-12. Your brother in Christ,
Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner