Galatians 5:16-26

Galatians – Keep in step with the Spirit

Galatians 5:16-26
I’m deliberately going to keep this brief… because while there is loads that could be said about this wonderful passage, I want to give you plenty of space to reflect, confess and pray.

These verses speak of the struggle that’s evident in each of our lives. Our flesh is in conflict with the Holy Spirit. That is, too often our selfish desires clash with the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives and in this world.

Paul says these selfish desires are obvious. Check out what he lists in v19-21. Recognise any of these in your life? Be honest. This is a time just between you and God. Allow the Holy Spirit to convict you.

If you believe in Jesus then as you confess these sins, know too God’s forgiveness that’s yours in him.

God doesn’t want you to keep living in sin. He wants you to live a holy life. A life that is deep and rich and good. A life that is a blessing to others.

And he doesn’t leave you to attempt that in your own effort.  

If you believe in Jesus, then the Holy Spirit is active in your life. And he delights in changing you to be more like Jesus. Read v22-23. This fruit that Paul lists, that’s what the Holy Spirit is growing in you.

I love Paul’s encouragement in v25: Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Reflect on what this verse means for you today.  

These are powerful verses, and powerful promises. Take time now to reflect on the questions below. Don’t rush them. May God comfort and empower you as you turn to him in repentance and petition.


  1. Do you recognise this struggle between your flesh and the Holy Spirit in your own life?

  2. What are the idols which need identifying and dismantling in your life? How can you replace them with Christ?

  3. What would it look like for you to keep in step with the Spirit today?


Heavenly Father, I confess my sins to you today. And I thank you that you give the Holy Spirit to all who put their trust in Jesus. As I trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection, so I trust in the Holy Spirit’s work in my life. Would I become more and more like Jesus as I live by the Spirit.

This Everyday Devotions was written by Andy Tuck, who works for our Wimbledon Venue.

Simon Elliott unpacks these themes in more detail in his sermon message this week on our website, YouTube Channel and at our Online Church Services.

This Everyday Devotions has also inspired a devotional video that you can watch on our YouTube Channel.