Devotional: ‘Walking With the Spirit’

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So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives… Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Galatians 5:16, 25 

This week I have been sharing with you some of the biblical principles that I am using in my quest to develop spiritual maturity. Scripture tells us that we have been created by God and for God. It is not until our lives are totally under His control and guidance that we will find complete satisfaction.

Following the Example of Those Who Have Gone Before Us     (Monday’s devotional)

Walking With God in Our Younger Years       (Tuesday’s devotional)

The Process of Trials and Difficulties       (Wednesday’s devotional)

Developing Maturity Through the Study of God’s Word       (Thursday’s devotional)

Walking With the Spirit

According to Paul, there are two forces at work in our lives: our flesh and the Holy Spirit. “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” (Galatians 5:17) The ‘flesh’ is a reference to our old nature that has been corrupted by sin. With little or no prompting, our flesh naturally produces every kind of sin imaginable.

In contrast to walking in the flesh, Paul encourages us to walk in the Spirit. “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16) What will be the result of walking in the Spirit?  “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

How do we walk in the Spirit? First of all, we must have the Spirit living inside of us. Jesus described salvation as being ‘born of the Spirit.’ [1] It is the Holy Spirit who brings the new life in Christ to us. Secondly, we must be ‘filled with the Spirit.’ [2] To be filled with the Spirit means to be under His control and influence. Thirdly, we must not practice sins that will either ‘quench’ [3] or ‘grieve’ the Spirit. [4] And lastly, we must learn to live each and every moment of each and every day under His guidance. This is what the phrase ‘walk in the Spirit’ means.

I pray that these devotionals have been a blessing to you this week. God bless you in your quest for spiritual maturity.

 

[1] John 3:5-8

[2] Ephesians 5:18

[3] 1 Thessalonians 5:18

[4] Ephesians 4:30

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