We come back to Galatians 5 as we discuss the importance of understanding to serve one another. It is a point that we all can grow to understand and learn from. When you serve someone other than yourself, you are becoming greater as an individual. It doesn’t mean exactly to serve someone by making them dinner and cleaning their clothes. It is edifying another person. It is helping them understand something that they need help on. It is providing them support when they are down and are dealing with principalities or are dealing with a hard time in their life. When the only person we’re thinking about is ourselves, we fail to see who is in pain, who is struggling, and who is in need of some form of guidance. When we think about providing guidance to our brothers, it doesn’t mean we ought to guide them as if we’re their father. It means we help guide them past that mental rut they’re in or provide them with some form of advice if we can give it to them. Positive reinforcement and reassurance of doing the right thing and walking the right path is something many of us often need. We can become sullen when over-thinking about if we’re doing the right thing or not. Often times, it is not exactly that we’re doing the wrong thing but it is that we’re not doing enough. If we are not breaking the laws of the Most High or the laws of the land, we are walking the correct path. From that point, it is a question of what we’re not doing and how we can take the correct steps into growing spiritually, mentally, and physically in our own walk. If we let ourselves become too occupied thinking about if we’re doing the right thing, we end up stagnating and not going anywhere. It is better for us to try and fail so we can learn from it than to sit in place and not do anything because while we may not fail or make mistakes, we’re not progressing or having success either. We must learn to accept that we’ll slip up and make mistakes a few times in whatever it is that we’re doing. When we accept this, our journey becomes a lot more simple and easy to navigate. We often need that one brother or sister who can give us that clarity in the moment where we’re clouding our mind with this secular thinking. This is the core of serving one another; that being that it is to help build up those around us. However, we must be circumspect and know who it is that is deserving of our assistance and help. It is fruitless to try and uplift someone who does not want to be uplifted or help themselves. It is fruitless to try and guide someone who doesn’t want to be guided, who is asleep and have already made their choice to not wake up to the truth. We must focus on our relationship first with the Most High and His Son, then our own state of being and thereafter our closest brothers and sisters. It doesn’t mean that we have to talk to our brothers 4 hours out of the day. It means that we will naturally over time get to help guide one another to understanding certain things because the opportunities for clarity on different things will present itself when we are conversing; however casual or short the talks may be. When we reflect, sometimes the things we learn from each other may seem as if we’ve learned it all in a few days but that is because it is a small group of things that we’ve learned. Our lives when we reflect on it years later when we’re at the end of our days seem as if a montage of a few moments. The key things stand out while the rest blends together and falls behind because much of our lives are based in monotony. Most of our days when we’re pursuing a specific goal are going to consist of doing the same thing over and over again. The days begin to bleed into one another because it is as if you’re living the same day repeatedly. This is the only way we can achieve our long term goals. It is by being consistent in a set of things that is needed to be able to achieve those desired goals. The more you do certain things and stumble across trial and error, the more you learn and become more efficient in what you’re doing so eventually you become the best version of yourself and accomplish your goals. Over time, we may learn a select few things but it is the experiences of the road which we take to get to those checkpoints and that end destination which molds us into who we are. Through time and experience, we will help guide one another to edify each other on certain things when the time is right to do so. There are things we learn which often makes us ask why we didn’t learn it sooner but this was the time for you to know and what it wasn’t time then. It all just takes patience.
Having said that, it was needed to reflect on the importance of serving one another to set the stage for the rest of Galatians 5. We’re going to pick up from where we left off on these beautiful scriptures said by Paul and start with Galatians 5:16.
Galatians 5:16 states, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” This is Paul commanding the Galatians to walk in the Holy Spirit and not go after the desires of the flesh. The lust of the flesh does not always pertain to sex. The lust of the flesh also pertains to our vainglory and arrogance, our selfishness, our greed, etc. We lust to get over other people and screw them over while we come out on top. We lust in proclaiming ourselves to be better than everyone else. We lust over money, cars, properties, status, etc. These are all desires and lusts which dissipate once we walk in the Spirit. When we abide accordingly to the laws, statutes, and commandments, we grow to develop a spiritual mindset where we develop a strong resilience against those lusts and our spiritual affinity for the Most High serves as a blockade to our desires. We learn to value our relationship with the Most High above all of the things in the flesh and turn to become better as people. The greater our bond is with Him, the less difficult the temptation is to pursuit and fulfill our lusts. We also learn to not think that we are any better than our brothers in the light of vainglory when we walk in the Spirit. When we are guided in this walk, we learn to humble ourselves before the Most High in servitude to him. We are acknowledging that our gifts and talents and understanding are not from our own hands but from the mercy and favor of the Most High. We then understand that it is fruitless to claim that we’re greater than any of our brothers because that self-proclaimed greatness is all from the Most High. The Most High can take everything we are bragging about away in a moment. We may be great guitarists or musicians and yet the Most High puts us in an accident which affects our memory and we forget all of our skills and talent. He can take it away as quick as He gave it. It calls us to be humble and not ever think that it is all from us. When we become arrogant, we become spittle in the Most High’s eyes. As Proverbs 8:13 states, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” The Most High hates pride and arrogance within a person because it shows a lack of humility. Wouldn’t you be irritated if an ant tried to stand up to you and act like it had some sort of power or authority over you? It is the same thing between the Most High and man. The dynamic between the Most High and man is the same between a human and an amoeba. We are so insignificant on the grand scale. The Most High doesn’t owe us anything. We owe Him everything because He’s given us everything. He has given us eyes, ears, nose, hands, feet, heart, lungs, etc. Those are the essential things which are needed to function which we often take for granted. After that, he’s given us understanding, awareness, wisdom, knowledge and the ability to pursue righteousness. That is more important than food and water because those are the things which we hold onto when food and water is not there for us to have. That is the dynamic of fasting. We hold ourselves to a higher standard of resistance of the most powerful carnal desires which is our own hunger and thirst and we place our pursuit of favor and righteousness above those things during our fasts. The Most High’s Word is our clothing and shelter. The wisdom and knowledge which comes forth from the Word is our food and water. When we walk in the Spirit, we accomplish things we never thought was possible. When we come to realize just how much we accomplish when we place the Spirit as our guide, we realize that those old lusts we had are so beneath us that it is not even a struggle to fight them off after some time in this journey.
Galatians 5:17 states, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” This verse reaffirms the sentiment we just covered in the previous verse; that being that the Spirit acts as a blockade against the lusts of the flesh. As the flesh acts against the Spirit, so does the Spirit act against the flesh. The connection with the Holy Spirit places us onto a higher level of understanding and discernment to not be turned easily to these carnal desires that we have and to have our minds on higher things. Once we cave into those lusts, we become so sullen because we realize how easy it truly was to not do those things but we thought it was hard since we were driving ourselves with that energy to do those things. We often come up with excuses in our mind so that we can go ahead and do what it is that we want to do even though we know that it is wrong. It is better to admit your weakness and own up to your mistake than to continue in trying to justify your mistake with a terrible excuse. We all make mistakes and have weaknesses. None of us are perfect. It is far more freeing when we admit our faults because we won’t be wasting so much energy on trying to excuse our mistake as acceptable behavior. It is an opportunity that is opened up for us when we admit our faults that we can use to do better from this point forward and become better individuals and place the Spirit first.
Galatians 5:18 states, “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” This is Paul hearkening back to the mistake which the Galatians made which was to place the law over the Spirit by claiming that circumcision was the signifier of salvation for man when it was actually of the crucifixion of the Son Yahweh Ben Yahweh. When you are of a spiritual mindset, you know how to discern the spiritual resonance of the lessons taught through the words of Christ and the things which came before in precedent. This was the fault of the Pharisees. They were under the mindset that the law was whole and absolute. Yes, the law is absolute but you must follow the law with full understanding. The Bible becomes a weapon once you manipulate it to manipulate people. However, just as a weapon has the power to destroy another person, it has the same ability and power to destroy you as well. When you use the Bible for harm, the Most High will cause an immense form of pain in your life down the line in the form of judgment. When we get puffed up by thinking that we know everything and we have figured out the entirety of the law and how the Most High operates, we are creating our own downfall. We are asking the Most High to curse us. It is crucial to express humility and patience. There is no rush to gain knowledge. We’re going to be gaining knowledge until our last breath because there is so much to learn that even if we lived about five hundred years, we still wouldn’t have known every single thing that there is to know. Therefore, we should be grateful for the knowledge that we come to learn when we get it. We must be humble and understand that the law cannot be understood without being led in the Spirit. When you take out any form of spirituality from reading the law, you are left with your own vain pursuit of the law to use it as a way to falsely castigate others by claiming they don’t know this or that or they’re doing this or that wrong. When you have this mindset, it leads to you making erroneous assertions such as circumcision being the point of salvation like the Galatians did so you can make it out to be as if you know the law in and out while everyone else doesn’t. When we are led of the Holy Spirit, we are not under the dictates of weary adherence to the law. We are still under the laws of Moses and we have to follow them but it is with the understanding of Yahweh Ben Yahweh’s sacrifice and to express charity through our love for him. This hearkens to Ecclesiastes 12:12 about the weary adherence to the laws which states, “And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” That signifies that studying and reading the scriptures endlessly and putting all of your heart into it becomes a hamper on the mind and the spirit. Studying and reading the law is essential and something we must all practice but it has to be done in an orderly fashion. If we are reading 5 to 10 chapters a day, unless we have an eidetic memory or are able to retain information very quickly, we won’t grasp all of the teachings being put forth in those scriptures. When we place too much of an emphasis on studying, we forget about the charitable aspect of this walk in the Spirit. We become too infatuated with our own knowledge that we become to be vain and see things from the lens of what can this certain person or thing do to serve me and prop my image up as this all-knowing teacher. We have to tie in logic and understanding from a world or life perspective in current times so that we’ll be able to fully grasp and absorb the lessons and teachings of these scriptures.
Galatians 5:19 states, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,” This is Paul stating the sins of the flesh which come forth from our hands when we are not walking in the Spirit. Adultery is the act of sleeping with another man’s wife. Fornication is the indulgence of unlawful lust or to partake in forbidden sexual acts such as homosexuality and bestiality among other things. Lasciviousness pertains to the pervasiveness of sexual desire and behavior. These are all things which comes forth from the flesh the further we stray away from the Most High. The more we pull away from Him, the closer we become to our own fleshly desires. We begin to spiral downward and become more immersed in our pursuit of what we want instead of what the Most High wants. This is why it is so crucial to have patience because if we don’t, we think that there is no use in truth and that the only recourse is just to simply cast everything we’ve ever known or done in a righteous manner to the side and indulge in all of our lusts.
Galatians 5:20 states, “Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,” This is Paul continuing to state the sins of the flesh. These set of sins stems from the fleshly mind. The sins stated in verse 19 are pertaining to sexual sins mostly. These sins come from a person’s mental state and spreads forth to their spirit. Idolatry is of course to worship or venerate an image or a false god. It is also to place someone or something on a pedestal from a place of infatuation and not true love. We can never be “in love” with someone because for the most part, it is said from a place where someone is infatuated and emotionally invested in another person in an unhealthy way. We should strive to have love for someone and not to be in love with them because when we aim to be in love, we end up idolizing our partners and our relationships. We are not supposed to idolize anything in the flesh because it is finite. The only beings we give ourselves completely over to and invest in is the Most High and His Son; no one else. Witchcraft is what many practice once they’ve completely given themselves over to this world. When they believe that there isn’t anything better for them than this world, they turn to witchcraft in order to make themselves feel more powerful and worth something. Those people who try and claim to be their own gods usually have the worst self-esteem and sense of self worth. For you to constantly make yourself out to be a deity of some sorts, it speaks volumes on how you truly feel deep inside of yourself. A lack of humility truly comes from a lack of self esteem. The people who are suffering the most on the inside are the ones who usually have the most bark and try to use that to place themselves above all other people. That is what witchcraft truly stems from. It stems from those not willing to submit themselves to a higher purpose and thus want to make themselves out to be greater than what they already are when they know they are insignificant. This is the spirit of Satan and the fallen angels which is where witchcraft truly stems from. It came from the fallen angels as described in Enoch. They believed that they had a higher purpose or were of a higher stature which was all bloviating from them because they didn’t want to submit themselves to the Will of the Most High. It is the same spirit which was passed down to Ham, Cush and Nimrod. They rebelled from a core aspect of their hearts where they didn’t want to submit to the Most High’s Will because they had a lack of humility from a place of envy and jealousy because they felt insignificant in the Most High’s eyes. They weren’t willing to accept that hierarchy so they turned away and made themselves out to be gods.
It all comes to be hatred which is the next word after witchcraft. Witchcraft truly is based in hatred. It is hatred of the Most High, His Son, the Angels, and the Saints. The deeper you delve into witchcraft, the deeper your hatred becomes. When you are full of hate, you destroy yourself because external hatred of everyone around you eventually leads to and leads from self hatred. You hate outwardly because you hate yourself. Once you come to be hateful of everyone around you, that hatred comes back around to you and you destroy yourself from that self-hatred. It is like that dynamic in the Star Wars movies where the Sith which are really meant to represent the left hand path or dark path or Saturnian magicians: where the deeper the Sith go into the ‘dark side’, the more disfigured they become. It is a metaphor for that hatred and malice that they hold within themselves. It is such a destructive force that it destroys the vessel which is projecting that hatred.
Variance is talking about contentions and quarrelling with others. There is a reason why variance is the word that comes after hatred in this verse because as we just mentioned, hatred is projected onto others when you hate yourself. You quarrel with others for no good reason and you use people around you as a proverbial punching bag to unleash all your anger, hate, stress, and frustration out on them. Quarrels a lot of times come from a lack of self-restraint. Your ability to control yourself decreases when you are unstable mentally from your own insecurity and self-hatred. We should strive to come to a respectful compromise if we agree to disagree during a discourse with one of our brothers. We should always strive to avoid cussing each other out because if we are truly brothers then no situation or conversation should ever spark a disagreement to the point where you’re doing that. The only situations that prompt that are flagrant disrespect, adultery, thievery, lying, betrayal, etc. If those situations occur then you were not brothers to begin with.
Emulations are in reference to jealousy, envy, and a fervent mind. Jealousy and envy are the roads that lead to self-destruction. It is truly what leads to an unhealthy infatuation with another person or couple which breeds fanaticism. Superfans tend to lead to stalking which truly leads to self-destruction. When you place a person on a pedestal through idolatry, you believe that they can do no wrong and are perfect and are to do whatever it is that you think they should do. When you approach them in that fanatical manner and they reject you because they see your unhealthy state of mind and spirit, your idolatry leads to jealousy. That jealousy leads to wrath.
Wrath is of fierceness and indignation. That wrath can be directed at others or yourself. In this context, we are talking about how wrath stems from jealousy. If you have the time, look into the “Bjork stalker” Ricardo Lopez. He is a perfect example of this. He developed an obsession which is idolatry with Bjork in 1993. She developed a relationship with a fellow musician named Goldie in 1996. This relationship set Lopez off the edge which bred his jealousy. His jealousy was directed at Goldie because he was in a relationship with her. This jealousy turned into wrath which he directed at himself where he ended up killing himself on camera. His last action even connects to wrath. The definition of wrath in the Hebrew concordance is “passion (as if breathing hard)”. If you look at his death on tape, he breathes very hard before pulling the trigger. This is all truth that Paul is stating here because these sins have been evident in people for ages now. It is only a revelation to certain people because they never made themselves aware of what people are truly like.
Strife also pertains to contention with others. It falls in line with variance which also is talking about contention as we just touched on. It is you driving yourself against another person and it is also creating strife between two different people or factions. That is something that Satanists have done for decades. They act as a hidden agent in a church and start rumors in that church and sets two sides against one another which lead to the dismantling of the church. This leads us into the next word after that which is sedition.
Sedition is talking about division. We just described an example of how strife is used to create division among others. The wish to create strife comes from a dark place in our hearts. We have to see others be brought down so we can be happy or we can profit from their misery. Externally created division stems from that wickedness to want to see others brought down.
Galatians 5:21 states, “Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” This is Paul finalizing his section on what the wickedness of man consists of with the more broad sins such as murder, drunkenness, and revelry. That is all in reference to the Bacchanalian rites which consisted of heavy drinking, revelry, and cannibalism which is known in Greek as Sparagmos and Omophagia. It is all in reference to that context because this was the time in which the Apostles and Disciples were putting forth the Word and castigating the acts of the kingdoms. Paul is making it clear to the Galatians that these are the acts which they shall stay away from at all costs because those who do such things without repentance shall not inherit the kingdom.
Galatians 5:22 states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” The fruit is the benefit of the Spirit when we walk and go accordingly to the laws of the Most High. We are able to have love in our hearts to love ourselves and love those around us. We have joy in what we do in our work and joy in our pursuit of knowledge and wisdom and charity of our brothers and sisters. We come to have a peace of mind because we have come to the understanding of truth and we know that the Most High has opened our mind to truth. On the flip side, we were restless and morose because we knew that there was truth but we couldn’t grasp it or know it at that time. Through His mercy, we were able to find peace from finding the truth. Longsuffering is our ability to have a long enduring temper and patience through the midst of adversity. We are going through the motions in life and often have to wait long periods of time in order to achieve something. It is the Most High making it known to us to make us understand that it is not the end goal we should be focusing on but it is rather the patience to experience and understand the road which is required to achieve those things. We have the fortitude and the patience to withstand the sins of this world and the actions of man to wait for the Coming of Yahweh Ben Yahweh. We have gentleness and goodness in our hearts to bring forth to our brothers so we can establish a precedent and foundation of purity and righteousness which our sons and daughters can soon pattern their discourse with one another after. Faith is the fortitude and strength to believe in what we can’t see, hear, or touch. Our faith in the Most High and His plan for us takes strength because the flesh is drawn to what it can see and touch. People always need to see things for themselves in order to be able to judge it if it’s good or not. This is one of the main reasons, if not the main reason why so many people fall out from worshiping the Creator, even if it is in the guise of religion, because they don’t have the mental fortitude, patience, or higher mindset to be able to trust in the Most High who they cannot see or hear. They can see and hear Satan because he is eager to present himself to us in order to use us as a tool for his own pleasure and also to capture our soul because he sees it as the more souls in the brimstone with him, the merrier it is. The Most High is not concerned with presenting Himself to us because He has nothing to lose if He doesn’t. We have everything to lose and gain from following the Most High. As soon as we gain the good fruits from our worship, we can easily lose it if we’re not circumspect and are not resilient against the challenges that come our way.
Galatians 5:23 states, “Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Paul is stating that there is no law against meekness and temperance because those are the things we ought to practice in our daily lives. He is making that clear distinction between the good and the evil brought from our hearts. Meekness is our humility and willingness to submit to a higher purpose greater than ourselves. Temperance is our ability to have self-control which is very crucial during these last days. If we’re not meek or well-tempered, we will falter. Paul is making us know that these are the things which we shall practice in order to flourish further and pluck the fruits of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:24 states, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” This is describing how when we come back as a babe in this truth and are reborn through the admission of the Most High’s Son as the one who died on tree for the sins of Israel and the true Savior, we crucify our flesh as Christ did. Christ took on the sins of Israel onto him and bore all of their wrongdoing so he can expel it from their heads and cast it out through his sacrifice. When we come into this truth and submit ourselves before Christ, we take on the sins of the flesh and cast it out through our obeisance to the Creator. We put our lusts and past sins behind us and become renewed in mind, body, spirit, and soul. This is why it is so damning when we revert back to our old ways before we turned our lives around through the Most High’s guidance because it is truly desecrating the act which the Most High’s Son did for Israel. It is saying that his act was in vain and it is something to scoff at. You are placing your vain desires above the act of Christ by taking on the ultimate sacrifice. This can be seen in 2 Peter 2:21 which states, “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” It is one thing to live a life of sin and to never repent but it is a whole other level of wickedness when we turn against the Most High again to live a life of sin once more because we are not only betraying His trust but we are also blaspheming Christ by spitting on his tree and saying it is worth nothing to us and that our desire is worth more than his act. It is as when a Satanist is being initiated and he states, “The blood of Christ washed away our sins but not mine.” It is an act of blasphemy against the Son Yahweh Ben Yahweh.
Galatians 5:25 states, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” If our life comes from the Spirit such as our ability to have food, water, clothing, and shelter and to have a mind of our own and to have understanding, we shall also abide by the laws, statutes and commandments of which the Spirit of Christ presides over and judges us to see if we’re following the commands of His Father. If we wish to have these benefits, we have to do our own work in order to not only get them but to keep them as well.
Galatians 5:26 states, “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” We finish off this chapter with Paul commanding the Galatians to not desire to be vainglorious, to strife, or to envy. Paul stated before this verse that we ought to walk in the Spirit. When we are not walking in the Spirit, we desire to walk in the path of our own flesh which leads to us attempting to place ourselves on a pedestal and to manipulate our brothers into seeing us in a divine light. This is why humility is so important because it is the bridge between us and the Most High and His Son. Humility is what lets us walk towards them. When we have no form of humility that bridge is broken and we have no way forward but to go down and destroy ourselves in our own bitterness, vitriol, and strife. The other way is to go back and return to our own vomit. There is no way forward without having humility. When we have no humility, we resort to provoking each other and to envy one another. When we’re not focusing on making the Most High happy, we focus on the things we can have in the flesh whether it is physical or non-physical. We focus on our brother’s wife, car, house, money, and position. We focus on our brother’s reputation, respect, strength, knowledge, and understanding. We envy and hate others because we are not putting ourselves in the position to fine tune our own skills and expand our own gifts to become better. In life, we can either become bitter or we can become better. It is fruitless to desire after another man’s possessions because we are too busy focusing on them and we are not progressing or moving forward. The only way for us to move forward and follow this path towards the Most High’s favor through longsuffering is to possess humility, meekness, temperance, and due-diligence in our path to become better spiritually, mentally, and physically.
In closing, Galatians Chapter 5 serves as a guide for us to follow in understanding that we are no better than each other and that it is fruitful to work on ourselves and to edify one another by serving one another as brothers and sisters. We must refrain from developing envy or jealousy towards what another man has or possesses mentally or spiritually. We are all at different points in our walk. The only thing we can do is to do the best we can to progress at our pace and to follow the commands of the Most High until we physically can’t anymore when we breathe our last breath. We all have different gifts that we’ve been given. We should focus on the gifts we’ve been given instead of envying others for the gifts we want. We have our own specific gift for a reason unique to us. Once we focus on higher things, we begin to take our steps forward by bringing forth charity to our brothers and sisters by serving one another in order to build up the church in the spirit to perpetuate the teachings of the Most High and His Son on this plane of existence. When we focus on fulfilling a purpose that is beyond ourselves, this is when happiness truly comes to our hearts.
All Praises to the Most High Yahweh Elohim and Son Yahweh Ben Yahweh. Peace and Blessings.