by Robert Walker

Walking in the Spirit
Robert Walker
Galatians 5:16-17

Billy Sunday once told the story of a terrible blizzard that was raging over the eastern part of the states making more and more difficult the progress of a train that was slowly facing its way along.

Among the passengers was a woman with a child, who was much concerned lest she should not get off at the right station. A gentleman, seeing her anxiety said. "Do not worry, I know the road well, and I will tell you when you come to your station".

In due course the train stopped at the station before the one at which the woman was to get off.

"The next station will be yours, ma`am" said the gentleman. Then they went on and in minutes the train stopped again. "Now is your time ma`am get out quickly, he said. The woman took the child and thanking the man, left the train. At the next stop, the brakeman called out the name of the station where the woman had wished to get off. "You have already stopped at this station," called the man to the brakeman.

"No, sir, he replied, "something was wrong with the engine, and we stopped for a few moments to repair it!" "Alas!" cried the passenger." I put that woman off in the storm when the train stopped between stations!" Afterwards, they found her with her child in her arms. Both were frozen to death! It was a terrible and tragic consequence of the wrong direction being given! Still, more terrible are the results of misdirected souls.

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Well in our passage for this morning we are given the right direction for living not the wrong directions. Let's look at this passage and glean from it.

Galatians 5:16-17 "So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want."

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