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Image result for life in the spiritGalatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Christianity is a life of the spirit because the Holy Spirit is the director and the controller. Before Jesus Christ left His disciples, He promised He would send the Holy Spirit, and He will direct them into all truth when He comes.

This means that Christians cannot live successfully without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has always been there with the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ before creation began (See Genesis 1:1-3).

Every Christian must understand that the moment He confesses the Lordship and believes in the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ, He is not at liberty to live anyhow. Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth, "1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." so we are supposed to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. We cannot live like the unbelievers and expect them to conform to the image of Christ.

Our life must be a source of light for them. The unbelievers must see the nature of Christ in us. Paul advised the Christians to imitate him as he has imitated Christ Jesus. So a believer can imitate his shepherd if the shepherd's life conforms to the image of Christ (See 1 Corinthians 11:1).

 You cannot follow a shepherd blindly. Analyze the spiritual life of the shepherd carefully before you follow his steps. You will live in bondage if you follow someone because he calls himself a leader. You automatically become a blind follower.

From the book of Galatians, Paul is commanding us to walk in the Spirit because the flesh wages war against the Spirit. The Holy Spirit craves to direct our path but the desires of the flesh limit the voice and the decisions of the Holy Spirit in our life.

 This is one method you can use to enable you to know the difference between the Holy Spirit and our spirit. Check the first letter of the word "spirit" in the King James version of the Holy Bible. If the first letter "Spirit" starts with a capital letter, then the translator talks about the Holy Spirit. If the first letter "spirit" begins with a small letter, the translator is talking about the Human spirit.

You can get my book entitled "How to Walk and Live in the Spirit for a better understanding of the Holy Spirit and the Human Spirit." I use the King James version of the Holy Bible. This scripture best explains the concept.

 

Romans 8:16 The Spirit [Holy Spirit] itself beareth witness with our spirit [Human spirit], that we are the children of God:

 

Paul is saying that there is an unseen battle between the Holy Spirit and the flesh, and for us to overcome the desires of the flesh, we must walk and live in the Spirit. There are five questions we must ask ourselves.

 

1. The first question is, what are the desires of the flesh?

2. The second question is, what are the desires of the Holy Spirit?

3. The third question is, why is the flesh combating the leadership of the Holy Spirit?

4. The fourth question is, why is the Holy Spirit in connection with our spirit refusing to submit to the cravings of the flesh?

5. The fifth question is, how do we walk in the Spirit?

 

I will briefly answer the questions so you can get solutions to these important questions.  Get my book, "How to Walk and Live in the Spirit."  We find the answer to the first question in the word of God. Meditate carefully.

 

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Galatians 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Galatians 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

We find the answer to the second question in the word of God. Meditate carefully.

 

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

 

We find the answer to the third and in the word of God. Meditate carefully.

 

Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Romans 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

 

You can also meditate on the book of Romans, chapter six, for a better understanding.

We find the answer to the fifth question in the word of God. Meditate carefully.

 

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

MASTER KEY: PRACTICALLY OBEY THE WORD OF GOD, AND YOU WILL WALK AND LIVE IN THE SPIRIT.




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