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Walk by the Spirit

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)

Every Christian has the Holy Spirit.

  • “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? (1 Corinthians 6:19)

  • “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

  • “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)

God lives in every Christian but not every Christian walks by the Holy Spirit. If we all did, Paul would have had no reason to command us to!

So how do you walk by the Spirit? The same way in which you received Him. We walk by… faith.

  • “Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith– just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness'”? (Galatians 3:2-6)

  • “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

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Seeking Direction from God

If you are seeking God for direction, remember that He is much more interested in the conduct of your life than the course that you take. He will be with you wherever you go. Whatever school you choose to go to, the questions is: what kind of student will you be? Whichever girl or guy you marry, what kind of spouse will you be? Whichever career you pursue, what kind of employee will you be? Yes He can, and will, direct your path—but much more important, He wants to direct your heart.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
(Galatians 5:22-25)

Walking by the Spirit

Galatians 5:25

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”

We live by the Spirit

It is the Holy Spirit that has given us life. When we first believed in God through Christ, we passed from death into life. The power that raised us up is the Holy Spirit.

  • John 6:63; “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”
  • John 1:12-13; “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
  • Romans 8:11; “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”

Let us also walk by the Spirit

The Spirit is the means by which we became alive. Let it also be the means by which we live and walk. We received the Spirit by faith, let us also walk in Him by faith.

Walking by the Spirit isn’t referring to proximity like walking near the Spirit. It means that we walk in the power of the Spirit just as we were born again by the power of the Spirit. If it is in the same way, let us remember how we were born again. Was it a result of our effort? Or, was it by simply believing?

  • Galatians 3:1; “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith–just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness’?”
  • Romans 1:17; “The righteous shall live by faith.”
  • Colossians 2:6-7; “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
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