Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Spirit Of God // in Grandmother's Plaid

Hey y'all! It's rainy and kinda chilly here again... I was so ready for spring! Ah well. 
So, in the last few sermon summaries, there's been a lot mentioned about the 3rd person of the Trinity, so from Romans 14-17, that's Who we studied. I was very encouraged by it, not really having studied specifically the Spirit of God before. Let's remember this chapter's purpose is assurance as we delve into this. The leading of the Holy Spirit is intended to assure us that we are indeed Sons of God, verse 14: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." Recall back in verse 13, it says, "For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live." The Spirit's activity on the inside is the cause of believers activity of putting to death these deeds. 

1) What is the leading of the Holy Spirit in this context? 
What the Spirit does in us is something the Law could not do. Remember the struggle with the law we all have back in chapter 7? Well, we are prone to try to deal with our sins according to the law. Our sins recoil against the Spirit and when we are told not to do something, it aggravates our flesh to want to do it. But if anyone puts to death the deeds of the flesh, he can be assured of his salvation because the Spirit must be working in him. Sanctification is not dealing with sin by flesh or by law. The seduction of moralism is the essence of the enemy power here. We are not living our lives merely to be beyond scandal. We do not negotiate our personal moral codes until we find acceptance of our behavior. This is NOT the gospel! Moralism reduces the gospel to moral improvement. Sanctification rather is living in total dependence on the Spirit of God. Within this context, the leading of the Holy Spirit is His enablement for us to mortify the deeds of the flesh. 

2) How does the Spirit of God lead me to put to death the deeds of the body? 
We cross referenced Galatians 5:16-23 to study this. There are three steps from that passage we can glean: a) vs 17, He counteracts the desires of my flesh. The struggle becomes greater and greater until we are stronger. Until greater is He who is in me.  b) vs 16, He directs me to walk away from those things that would fulfill the desires of the flesh. c) vs 22-23, He produces fruit in me. Very, very practical fruit. Love, joy, peace, patience, y'all know the rest. These fruits is what Paul calls walking in the deeds of the Spirit. 

3) All this, the Spirit's leading, is evidence of Sonship. Only God's people can experience this. Romans 8:15, what is this spirit of bondage again to fear Paul is speaking of? He is referring to Galatians 4 where it discusses the law. The Spirit has not bought us into a relationship of bondage, Paul wants to make that very clear. 

4) This evidence of sonship is given through adoption. Galatians 4 again, verse 1, "Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all". Adoption has something to do with our inheritance. The nature of our inheritance, that we receive by adoption, is the redemption of our bodies, Romans 8:19. Through the Spirit's leading, we can know our inheritance! In ancient days, adoption was a legal ceremony when an heir or son was placed in his full position with all the legal rights and privileges of a Roman citizen. Every heir, whether natural born or a servant who had risen in their master's eyes, was once not an heir, and then they were given that. They weren't born into it like we think of today. The Spirit of God testifies to us that we have come into all the legal rights, privileges, and inheritance of being an heir with Christ. wow. 

5) You know your sonship and legal status of adoption because of the following evidences: 
a) By the Spirit, we cry out, "Abba", verse 15. This is related to the word, Daddy, Da Da. Is that irreverent? We are so used to starting our prayers, "Almighty Creator, Lord". The idea here is that Da Da is like the first sound an infant makes. Now as we are born into God's family, we are infants, calling Him Daddy. 
b) Verse 15, "you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” You know you can run and cling to your earthly father and it not be irreverent to his position in your life. Similarly, we can run and cling to our Abba and it not be inappropriate, especially when we are trying to counteract the desires of our flesh. That's exactly what Jesus did when He was in the garden the night He was betrayed. He cried out, "Abba, Father!" We can do the same, because we are joint heirs with Christ! 
c) We know we are sons the Spirit bearing witness to us and by our sufferings with Him, verse 17. 

We have been brought into a relationship of Sonship. THIS MATTERS. When we became Christians, we came into a familial relationship. Instead of being brought into slavery, we have been legally adopted. We have to be careful not to confuse our modern understanding of adoption with the fullness that this carries in the Bible. Think of a prince who is born into the royal life and is brought up for the purpose of ruling, with nannies and etiquette classes and strict schedules. He knows who he is, what his purpose is, and hopefully he embraces the duties he has been intended for. It is similar when we are adopted by the Lord. We come into the full rights and privileges Christ, God's Son and Heir, has.  

God calls us to bring forth fruit. Only the Spirit can bring about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control in our lives. Our flesh says, "Pursue this!" but the Spirit says, "No, I will bring about something in you better." Honestly, God is doing all the work. He puts us up there to rule with His Son and gives us the Spirit to help us. I am eternally grateful. 

This wool skirt I pulled from my great grandmother's closet after her passing. It is about 7" too big in the top since all the elastic had rotted out, but it wasn't anything a safety pin couldn't handle. ;) Because of this extra bulk around the waist, though, I had to choose a shirt that was a little flowy-er and could hide that. I just happened to have this sweater that matched perfectly and I hadn't been keen on wearing because it was flowy. Win/win. 
I also chose my smallest tank top to help squash some of the bulk to make things smoother. 
Shirt: Thrift Store: $1
Tank: Forever21: $1.80
Skirt: Handmedown
Shoes: Walmart 6 years ago: $20
Hat: Sears: $3
Earrings: Walmart: $3

I hope y'all have a great week! Has spring sprung in your area or is it still kinda wintery? What was your sermon on this week?


  1. What a pretty outfit, Olivia! I've always liked plaid skirts.
    Our pastor was preaching about sin and how the Lord will one day overcome it. He has been going through the pastoral epistles.


  2. Completely adorable shoes!!!

  3. Olivia,
    this is so super cute! Love the plaid skirt. Still winter-y here... wish spring would come sooner!

  4. Oh! I just adore this outfit, Olivia! Those shoes are way too cute. Here in Oregon, the weather is warming up and the trees have already begun to bloom; it is very beautiful! I was just wondering, what thrift shop do you normally shop at? I know we live in two completely different states, but I just love the stuff you normally pick out! I love your skirt, and I think that it's so special that you have it from your grandmother. God has blessed me with such a lovely grandmother and I just love her to death, so wearing her skirt is super sweet to me! Have a lovely week! :)

    Ashley B.

  5. I love the shoes! Great sermon summary.

  6. This outfit is so beautiful and creative! I just love it! Which reminds me to ask you . . . is there any specific method you have for picking out outfits?

    walking in the air.

  7. This ensemble positively glows, Olivia! The plaid print is one of the loveliest I have seen, and the "Nancy Drew shoes" suit the look perfectly. I hope you have a lovely afternoon!

  8. I love this outfit! The skirt is so cute, the sweater matches perfectly, and those shoes are to die for. You look lovely. :)

  9. I love this outfit, especially the shoes!
    And you hair looks really cute! I love how you curl it!

    ~ FM fan

  10. So cute! And it was your Great Grandmother's that is sweet! And I LOVE the shoes!

  11. This outfit definitely has some texture to it! I love the colours on the plaid skirt, too. And the shoes are just perfection. :)

  12. Hi Olivia ! I love this outfit ! It's so nice seeing you wearing long skirts again ! It looks super modest and yet so flattering ! I also love the color of the sweater ! And your shoes...aaah ! I just wonder if it's comfortable enough to wear for a whole day ?!
    Spring has definitly arrived here near Paris. We're having lots of flowers on the trees and it's been really warm recently.
    Sunday I was in another church, and we had a sermon (which wasn't really a sermon but anyway !) about the importance of the 11 first chapters of Genesis, and it was brought by a brother from Creation Ministries International. The day was amazing, I got to spend time with some dear friends that I love and eat some delicious armenian food (I don't know if you've ever tried it, but it's rather fantastic!)
    Have a great week !
    Blessings from France !

  13. Oh, those shoes!!!! I love them! The outfit is pretty too. :) I agree about the weather -- I am SO ready for spring. The weather here (NC) just can't make up its mind. One day it's warm, and then we have sleet and freezing rain......

  14. Very cute outfit! I was wondering if you would like some scripture references for not wool/linen together, I thought you asked something about that. :)

    Lots of Blessings!
    P.s., Fringes too. :)

  15. Why don't you just replace the elastic? And maybe take in the side seams a bit if it's that much too big? It's really easy - just time-consuming- and you'll get a better fitting, more usable skirt out of it.

  16. Ah gorgeous! These shoes are amazing.

  17. Great skirt! I know ALL about pinning and smooshing things so they'll fit;) lol true story!

    Spring has sort of sprung! We've still had cooler days, but it is still much warmer than before! Hooray!

    Our sermon has been review in Revelation. That book is full of hard teachings... But they're very powerful ones that we need to hear!

    -Abigail of happysnappingphotography.wordpress.com

  18. LOVE your skirt and shoes!!!!

  19. Oh my! This outfit is so adorable and is very flattering on you. The hat real tops it off! No pun intended:)

  20. Oh my goodness! The colors go amazingly well and I love the vibrant hues in the skirt! Beautiful ensemble. Here the weather is off and on- one day it'll be below zero temps and the next it'll be gloriously sunny and in the late 50s! Typical northeastern spring. Definitely teaches to value and be grateful for the warmth and sun when it is there, though!

  21. Super cute skirt!!!! I love how you made it look stylish, instead of dorky. :)))

  22. Love this look, Olivia!
    Ugh....still quite Wintery up here in MT...though it did hit 55 the other day, but then back down to 30 the next day!
    Your shoes are awesome, though I would kill myself in that high of a heel, 1 1/2 MAYBE 2" is as high as I can wear lol!
    A modest fashion blog: www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

  23. I absolutely loooooove this! So pretty and that skirt! Love it!!!

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  25. Love the SKIRT!
    I'm ready for spring too, 30 inches of snow outside😭... and more coming!😱


  26. This is going to sound weird, but I just got an email from YouTube of a YouTube video, and it said I signed up to receive emails from them, but I know I didn't. So the thing is, I think I subscribed or something to a blog, but I thought I unsubscribed myself, and now I can't remember which blog it was. So I'm just wondering if that email had anything to do with that, and if this doesn't apply to you, sorry :(

  27. Gorgeous colours on you and I love the shoes. It's so great when you find pieces that match unexpectedly and allow you to wear clothes that have been in the back of your closet for ages!

    ~Esther from Oz


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