Galatians 5:19-23

Galatians 5:19-23
“19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21) 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.
22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

A Note on The Law of Undulation (written by me).

A Note Before the Actual Note: The following was originally posted as a comment (yes, it’s a long comment) by me on a social media site as a response to someone’s post but I
think it could benefit people here who may read it, hopefully. Those who aren’t familiar with The Law of Undulation, just read the whole long note/comment, hopefully it will be clear enough by the end, it’s not too difficult a thing to grasp; if not, read the suggested book which is where the thing I wrote about is from and much better explained than my attempts through a note, I’m sure. May you benefit by reading the below note and the suggested book (maybe try to read the chapter(s) that talk about the Law), and may God be glorified through this little work of writing I did for the benefit of others.

The Law of Undulation is at work in every life. Peaks and troughs, ups and down, highs and lows, are experienced by each at one time or another, the only difference being maybe the duration of a peak/high or trough/low point, usually it’s the low that lasts longer for people.
The infant days of the new convert/believer are usually the highest points, can be described as the happiest times, when their zeal burns hot and it seems at the time that it may last forever. They do not know or weren’t told that this initial peak/high point won’t last until death, the Law of Undulation will be at work, it’s a sort of back and forth between ups and downs in every life, but the thing too many may believe or want is for the lows/troughs to not even come/occur which is frankly impossible so they try to extend the peak time but to try to remain at a constantly high point in life/on the mountain isn’t the way anyone lives, it’s a sort of overoptimistic state that is desired by those who just want to be happy here all the time, to see smooth roads and clear paths in life free of difficulties and consider the slightest interruptions and problems as their cross, wrongly.
They want what they can’t get; our life wasn’t designed to be all roses and flowers on a smooth and clear path from conversion to death; the ups and downs will come and the must not be seen as the work of the enemy though the enemy likes to use these times against believers to manipulate or corrupt them.
These times must be seen as part of life and a means of balancing life lest they become unbalanced in one or the other direction which would throw us off the right state of living into an overoptimistic high or pessimistic low.
We shouldn’t fear when the troughs/lows come but use them as a means to grow in that valley of struggles and trials and suffering, to seek God and His will more fervently, to use lows as a way to trust in God more, to grow in faith, for the furnace of affliction will melt us down and refine us into what the Lord desires us to become and what we are presently not.
When we are on the hills and mountains, at some high point in life when all seems well and we feel happy, we must take care lest we let the enemy manipulate us then and there to ignore others and their needs when we have ours met for the time. If we’re happy and desire to continue to be happy for as long as we can by any means, we fall into a trap, for we must not seek happiness as an end itself or happiness over holiness, or to want to be happy more than to love our neighbors.
There must be a balance to everything in our life, an equilibrium, a healthy middle which will keep us from falling into either extreme which will put our life out of right state into what it wasn’t meant to be. We must praise the Lord for all the blessings and rejoice in all that He has given whether we’re at a low or high point in our life, for a thankless heart withers and neglecting to praise the One who sustains us every moment is frankly a crime for we all owe our very existence to God and to not be grateful for all the good we receive is an insult, irreverence, an action out of place when considering who we are in comparison to our God.
Welcome the peaks and troughs, believers, but know that . Don’t seek to stay too long on the peaks for you must eventually go down into the valley for there you shall meet what will challenge you and lead to growth if you accept it as part of the growth process used by the Lord to shape us into who we should become and not what the world would have us be.

To learn more about the Law of Undulation, read C. S. Lewis’s “Screwtape Letters”, or just Google it but read the Christian version of it. My explanation of it here isn’t the same as Lewis’s, mine contains more of my own opinions and sort of logical conclusions and elaborations but I hope I haven’t changed the essential meaning of the thing, I just wanted to share something that I think every Christian, especially the new believers, should learn about, for it is a helpful thing for those who are ignorant of it and an encouragement to those who are familiar with it.

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 / 1-е Коринфянам 6:12-20

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

12) All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

13) Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

14) And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by His own power.

15) Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

16) What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith He, shall be one flesh.

17) But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

18) Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

19) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
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1-е Коринфянам 6:12-20

12) Все мне позволительно, но не все полезно; все мне позволительно, но ничто не должно обладать мною.

13) Пища для чрева, и чрево для пищи; но Бог уничтожит и то и другое. Тело же не для блуда, но для Господа, и Господь для тела.

14) Бог воскресил Господа, воскресит и нас силою Своею.

15) Разве не знаете, что тела ваши суть члены Христовы? Итак отниму ли члены у Христа, чтобы сделать [их] членами блудницы? Да не будет!

16) Или не знаете, что совокупляющийся с блудницею становится одно тело [с нею]? ибо сказано: два будут одна плоть.

17) А соединяющийся с Господом есть один дух с Господом.

18) Бегайте блуда; всякий грех, какой делает человек, есть вне тела, а блудник грешит против собственного тела.

19) Не знаете ли, что тела ваши суть храм живущего в вас Святаго Духа, Которого имеете вы от Бога, и вы не свои?

20) Ибо вы куплены [дорогою] ценою. Посему прославляйте Бога и в телах ваших и в душах ваших, которые суть Божии.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 / 1-е Коринфянам 6:9-11

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9) Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
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1-е Коринфянам 6:9-11

9) Или не знаете, что неправедные Царства Божия не наследуют? Не обманывайтесь: ни блудники, ни идолослужители, ни прелюбодеи, ни малакии, ни мужеложники,

10) ни воры, ни лихоимцы, ни пьяницы, ни злоречивые, ни хищники–Царства Божия не наследуют.

11) И такими были некоторые из вас; но омылись, но освятились, но оправдались именем Господа нашего Иисуса Христа и Духом Бога нашего.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

6) Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

7) But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

8) Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

9) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.

10) But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16) For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? but we have the mind of Christ.