Do you belong to Christ?

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
(emphasis added)

That last verse has really struck me. If you are Christ’s, you have (not “are trying to”) crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

What does that mean if you know you’re saved, but you’re manifesting the works of the flesh?

Hsa 10:2 Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.

Our first state when we are saved is that of a divided heart:

Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.
Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

So, we have surrendered parts of our lives to Him, but there are parts that still do not belong to Christ.

We must pray like David:

Psa 86:11 Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.
(emphasis added)

Even if there are areas of our life that we are currently struggling with, and don’t want to hand over, we must continue to pray for the strength and grace to do so, and seek to encounter Him in prayer and worship until His presence changes our hearts.

This is a real revelation for me, because I have viewed a lot of scriptures like Galatians 5:24 in the past with a lot of self-condemnation. “How can I belong to Christ if I am manifesting so much bad fruit?” I pray we will all find the grace to continue walking out our salvation with fear and trembling (but also with hope, confidence and joy, knowing both the terror and the delight of the Lord).

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