- 1. Walk in the Spirit (Rom. 8:4)
- 5 Ways You Can Walk in the Spirit
- Living in the Power of the Spirit
- Let Us Walk by the Spirit
1. Walk in the Spirit (Rom. 8:4)
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5 Ways You Can Walk in the Spirit
If our minds are set on the things of the Spirit , we will indeed discover a life characterized by peace; if our minds are set on the flesh , we will experience hostility toward God Rom The unsaved person is simply a spiritual corpse there is no life in him — Eph ; he neither wants to nor can he live a godly and righteous life because his nature and resources are not godly and righteous — he is not motivated nor empowered by God.
That is the significance of our mind-set. What the Spirit does is their absorbing interest…. The mind set on the Spirit is not just about what you do in the moment of temptation — it is a reorienting of your thoughts, your desires, and your motivations, so that a Spirit-oriented focus becomes the established pattern of your life. Normally, your thoughts will try to escape toward jealousy, envy, anger, sensuality, immorality, and idolatry Gal You actively, by the Spirit, reject wrong thoughts as they enter your mind.
By the way, the issue of being obligated to live according to the flesh is one of the main differences between a person who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and one who is not Rom ; between a believer and an unbeliever. Scripture does teach that the person in whom the Holy Spirit lives can consistently live a life that pleases the Lord when he sets his mind on the things of the Spirit and puts to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit.
According to Romans 8, here is what is possible in the Christian life —. Paul stresses that you will live if and only if you mortify put to death the deeds of the body. So in prayerful trust and continual dependence upon the power of the Holy Spirit, we take action so that the sinful deeds of the body are not given any life. Obviously, Paul had not achieved perfect righteousness in Christ, but that was the supreme objective of his life.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. As long as a believer is in his earthly body, he will be subject to the perils of the flesh and will need to keep putting its sins to death. Rom Because of the influence of our human weaknesses and limitations on our thinking, it is often difficult to recognize sin in our lives. Then I shall not be ashamed when I look upon all Thy commandments….
When we face situations where we do not know what to do, Scripture tells us we can ask for an increase of wisdom — God promises to give it to us when we ask in faith Jam The Holy Spirit moves us in our spirit as we move through the decisions of life, be they be small or major decisions. The Christian who neglects the spiritual disciplines, however, will invariably have doubts about his salvation, because He is indifferent to God and the things of God.
By the way, Satan the great accuser of the brethren is always ready to take advantage of our circumstances and plant seeds of uncertainty in our minds. Just as our finite minds cannot fully comprehend how the Spirit leads us, so also we cannot fully understand any of the supernatural works of God. We do know, however, that our heavenly Father does not force His will upon us — rather, He seeks our willing obedience. It is when we are genuinely submissive to Him that our Lord supernaturally reshapes and redirects our will into voluntary conformity with His own.
When the Spirit leads us He does so by making us sensitive to issues and situations, that result in our being encouraged to take some kind of action.click here
Though we need to be ready to make decisions based solely upon biblically-grounded missional wisdom, we also need to intentionally develop a sensitivity to a more direct leading of the Spirit. Then when He brings to mind a wrongdoing of which we were unaware compare Ps and Phil or prompts us to speak to someone in need, we will be ready and available. God saves us through our faith in Him, and He leads those He saves through the same human channel of faith 2 Cor ; Heb , 6.
Is As we read, meditate on, and pray over Scripture, the indwelling Spirit of God becomes our divine interpreter Jn ; ; ; 1 Cor ; 1 Jn Obviously, the Holy Spirit can choose to act in any way that He wishes. Know the Fatherhood of God by the Spirit Rom He does it primarily through the Word — as a Christian reads the bible, the Spirit confirms the truth that, because he has trusted the Savior, he is now a child of God.
Living in the Power of the Spirit
Remove this cup from Me. Internalize that truth. Fellow believer, stop listening to those words! Our identity is formed by what God thinks of us… by what He has done for us… and by what He intends to do with us; not by anything else, and certainly not by the opinion of others. We need to turn off these destructive messages and start listening to what God says about us.
So what has God said about us in Romans 8 up to this point? These are the truths we need to affirm over and over again… speak them out loud to your-self, and ask the Holy Spirit to solidify them in your own spirit. Let me begin the list by adding one that probably sums them all up. It was one I heard in a recent sermon. Most of us may find that impossible to believe, because our sinful-ness simply overwhelms us… but the reality is God loves us with an everlasting love! Give real serious thought to the foregoing scenario — remember, He loves you so much He actually died for you.
How can it be that Thou my God shouldst die for me? That is a common feeling for believers, because this world is really not their home… we were really made for heaven. One of the central themes of Christianity is that of spending eternity in heaven with God.
Let Us Walk by the Spirit
The Holy Spirit Himself is the firstfruits. Just as the first handful of ripened grain is a pledge of the entire harvest to follow, so the Holy Spirit is the pledge or guarantee that a future full inheritance will be ours. Specifically, He is the guarantee of the coming adoption, the redemption of the body Eph Why is this?
For one thing, our bodies are weak, fragile and mortal, subject to fatigue, sickness, pain and death 2 Cor , 4. Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Such a shout of anguish is precisely what Paul means by our present inward groaning. Lord, all my desire is before Thee; and my sighing is not hidden from Thee. Likewise, Paul grieved over the remnants of his humanness that clung to him like a rotten garment that could not be cast off. That reality brought him great spiritual frustration and anguish Rom That truth causes each of us as Christians to suffer times of deep inner distress over the debilitating sinfulness that still clings to us.