Posted by: missionventureministries | March 19, 2012

LET US WALK IN THE SPIRIT – Galatians 5:25

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). 

As Christians, we desire to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) because the Holy Spirit is in fact, the very life of each true believer. It is only through Him that we have access in prayer to the Father (Ephesians 2:18). When we worship God, we “must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).  

From the moment we receive Christ, we live in the Spirit; He is always with us, to guide our steps, to bear witness with our spirit and to let us know that we belong to God. The Spirit enlightens our understanding, and when needed, He confronts and corrects us when we get out of His will. 

To live by the Spirit involves active obedience to His direction: “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” (Galatians 5:16-17) 
Romans 8:13-14 tells us: “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”

When we live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit and let the Spirit leads us, it will be toward more and more of Christ; for He will kindle in our hearts more love for the Savior, and we become more deeply interested in the work of our Redeemer. The result will be that we will care less for the world and develop a greater love for Jesus and focus only on what is holy and pure. We need to remember that light drives out darkness, love expels hate and holiness removes sin.  

Prayer and Bible study are essential in helping the born again believer to discern the leading of the Holy Spirit from those of deceptive spirits. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). 

When we place our faith in Jesus as our Savior, His Spirit comes to live within us. Then He works to transform us, replacing our selfishness with Christ likeness. As we grow in grace and in our knowledge of God, our thoughts, words, and actions become more like our Lord’s. 

To walk means we should be in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. This means a disciplined walk in the things of God. Just as a natural tree requires healthy soil, the right food, careful pruning, a mixture of rain and sunshine in order to bear good fruit – the same is true of our lives. We require good nourishment from prayer, Bible study and fellowship. We require careful pruning by God through His Word. We require times of trial and blessing in order that the fruit of the Spirit might be seen in our lives. If we are evidencing a lack of the fruit of the Spirit in our life it is because we are not walking in the Spirit.

God is interested in every part of our lives, therefore, we need to submit every aspect of our lives to Him; the emotional, physical, social, intellectual and vocational. It’s not enough to say we are born again, because, if we are truly saved, we will want to live in the Spirit. The Spirit that raised us from the dead also leads us into Christ likeness as we walk in-step with Him. We need to let our life be conformed to the Spirit’s direction and enablement.     

We must walk in the Spirit. This means relying on the Helper to produce spiritual fruit in our lives. When Christians exhibit Christ like character in our day-to-day life, we become mature and remain free from the bondage of sin, and we are free to do what we were designed to do, to product much fruit. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) 

To “walk in the Spirit” means to follow His leadership each moment of the day, permitting His power to be in our life, and the result of this walk will be the “fruit of the Spirit” that we will produce. For this reason, let us trust confidently in the Spirit’s power and promise to give us that enablement as we obediently live and walk in the Spirit.

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