Scripture: Gal. 5:16-23; 6:6-9
Galatians 5 speaks to walking by the Spirit.  Verse 16 says,  “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” … (6:8)”for the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”  So the question becomes, “What are you sowing into?”
I hear people investing a lot of time complaining about circumstances, doubt, and disappointment.  They talk about what they are feeling, what happened to them, and how they were treated unjustly by God or by others.   They may get emotional, think about it constantly – and become anxious!  (Satan is such a liar)
The reality is that sometimes life does seem to “suck’.   We see things that we don’t like and we have experiences that seem unfair.  When we sow into those thoughts what happens to us?  Are we uplifted? Are we joyful? Do we feel like we could embrace the world with the love of Jesus? No, we go further into our oppression and sometimes depression.
Walking in the Spirit is manifest (or shown)in us  as the Fruit of the Spirit – love, joy , peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  But, how do we get there?
  It starts in one place SURRENDER…
 We are not justified living in our disappointment, sadness and grief (though we may feel it for a moment)!  Because we live in a truth that says, “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!”  Instead we must daily surrender everything.   Surrender means to “relinquish possession or control to another, to submit to the power and authority and control of another”  (dictionary)
Can we really do that?  Yes, we can!  As worshippers we know that when we worship our focus shifts.  The result is, “self” is taken off the throne and  His authority is established in, and ultimately in the situation!  Worship is a deliberate surrender where we lift our eyes from the  horizon of our circumstances and fix our gaze on Him.
Today, we sow our self will,  and our right to hold on, so that we can reap Fruit.  We release all rights to our authority and allow You Jesus to establish your authority here, on earth as in heaven!
Personal journaling:  How is surrendering walking by the Spirit?  Are we ever justified when we hold onto injustices done to us or others? Where would you like to see His authority established in your life?