Walk in the Spirit

Scott Stevenson 

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16, NKJV)

Walk in the Spirit sounds good, but how do we go about accomplishing this command?  First, we have to look at the word “walk.”  The Greek work for walk means a frequent or habitual conduct.  Now we all have habitual conduct, but what kind of habitual conduct are we practicing?  Spiritual or flesh?  I always like to clarify scripture with Scripture, and that takes me to the following:

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.” (Romans 7:18, NKJV)

“For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” (Romans 7:22–23, NKJV)

“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.” (Romans 6:12, NKJV)

To walk means to fight daily to stay in the Spirit.  I think some of us don’t realize that we are actually in a fight to stay “in” the Spirit, and then we question why we just can’t do things right before the Lord.  The flesh wants to do what it wants to do, but the Lord says we have the power through His Spirit to do what is right.  Now do we do right perfectly all the time?  No!  Are we aware of our sin?  Are we confessing sin and seeking change? I would pray that we are.  Remember the word walk means a habitual conduct.  How do we walk on a daily basis?  Do we walk in the Spirit or the flesh?  Seek the Lord and ask for the power to overcome.

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.  The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63, NKJV)

In the Spirit
How do we learn to walk by the Spirit?  The direction of the Holy Spirit is our rule of action.  We can’t know the Spirit’s rule of action if we don’t read the Word of God for ourselves and obey it.  Paul in the Book of Philippians epitomizes walking in the Spirit in the following verse:

“I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect.  But Christ has taken hold of me.  So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize.  My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived.  But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead.  I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven.  This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done.” (Philippians 3:12–14, CEV)

If you fight to walk in the Spirit, you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.  God is saying if you fight to walk with me, you won’t practice of sin.  God gives us a promise, but we have to take hold of it and make it our own.  I only gave you the first verse in this very rich study to walk in the Spirit.  Please fight to take hold of this wonderful promise.

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