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How to Walk and Live in the Spirit (7 Keys to overcome the desires of the flesh)

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Walking and living in the Spirit is vital to breaking the lustful desires of the flesh and soul. In this article, I will share seven master keys you can use to walk and live in the Spirit. There are some important truths you must know in the Christian journey.

We are spiritual beings with a soul living in a body. Several holy scriptures validate the existence of the human spirit, soul, and body. Here are a few scriptures to help you know that we are tripartite beings.

 

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Romans 8:16

And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.

1 Samuel 1:15

Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 7:11

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Proverbs 20:27

I have had several dreams of seeing myself appear in three places simultaneously doing different things. I watched my other two beings preaching to some students in different rooms. In the dream, I saw myself standing in an open place, watching my other beings ministering to some people in a room.

I saw myself watching my other two selves (spirit and soul) performing different duties at different places simultaneously. I wanted to interact with my other two selves in the dream, but I couldn’t. I have seen myself flying in the skies several times in the spiritual realm. Most often, our soul flies in the spiritual realm. As Christian believers, we must fly like eagles in the spiritual realm.

 

they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Most often, when the enemy wants to attack me in the spiritual realm, I escape into the skies by flying. Our spirit and soul perform several roles in the spiritual realm. You can travel to any place within seconds with your spirit and soul. The Holy Spirit can create a portal for you to travel to several places in the spiritual realm when your spirit and soul are active. Let me briefly explain the spirit, soul, and body of man.

 

What is the human spirit?

The human spirit is an aspect of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit created our spirit to enable us to connect with him. We can discern the voice of the Holy Spirit through our spirit. We can connect with God through our spirit.

Our spirit paves the way for the Holy Spirit to access our soul and body. Without our spirit, our soul and body cannot live. According to the book of Genesis, when the Holy Spirit created our spirit, our spirit formed our soul and gave life to our body.

 

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Genesis 2:7 KJV

We can see from the Holy Scriptures that the soul received life after the Holy Spirit created the spirit of man. Solomon gives a profound revelation about the human spirit in the book of proverbs.

 

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Proverbs 20:27

Naturally, we are blind without the sun, moon, stars, and artificial lights. However, our spiritual eyes are not limited by artificial lights. Without light rays, we cannot see with our physical eyes. You can see in the morning because of the light rays of the moon and the sun.

Do you know that the power the sun produces every microsecond cannot be compared to the power the whole world (artificial power) generates in a thousand years? In other words, the power the sun produces every microsecond can sustain the energy the world needs for thousands of years.

This should tell you the incredible power the sun can provide to humanity. You can see in the evening because of the artificial light (electrical bulbs, lamps, candles, torch lights, and lanterns). The stars also pave the way for us to see the night.

Without these instruments, we are physically blind. In the same way, the Holy Spirit feels and sees our thoughts, desires, and emotions through our spirit. Our spirit is like the sun, moon, stars, and artificial light to the Holy Spirit.

Without our spirit, the Holy Spirit will not be able to access our body and soul. Without our spirit, we will not be able to connect with the spiritual world. This is one reason spiritually dead people cannot respond to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

Spiritually dead and blind people love the pleasures of sin because they cannot access the Holy Spirit (meditate on 2 Corinthians 2:11-14). Check out my article, understanding the role of the human spirit, for more profound revelations.

 

What is the human soul?

Our soul comprises our desires, emotions, and willpower. Our soul separates us from robots and other creatures. Angels do not have souls; they are spiritual beings. Our soul makes us accept or reject the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the devil and external voices.

This is one reason; our soul will receive judgment or reward on the final day. The soul becomes lifeless when the silver cord joining our spirit and body breaks (meditate on Ecclesiastes 12:1-7). Check out my article, understanding the role of the human soul, for more profound revelations.

 

What is the human body?

The human body enables us to connect with the things on earth. Most people concentrate on the body and ignore the soul and spirit. Some people do not know that the body will perish one day. The body acts on the instruction of the soul and spirit.

As stated in the book of Genesis, God created the body with the dust of the earth. Our body limits our access to the spiritual realm because it cannot connect with spiritual forces. Our body separates us from spiritual beings.

Spiritual beings cannot operate on earth without the human body because of gravity and laws governing the earth. The body needs tangible objects such as animals, trees, and buildings to work efficiently.

In the same way, spiritual beings need human bodies, animals, and tangible objects to operate on earth. Without the human body, we will not be able to connect with the material things on earth. The body has lustful desires, as Apostle Paul states in the book of Galatians.

 

The lustful desires of the body

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

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.

Galatians 5:19-21

The flesh triggers some evil deeds. As we can see in the Holy Scriptures, adultery, fornication, hatred, strife, idolatry, lust, envy, murder, and drunkenness originates from the flesh (the body). Some people blame the devil for these evils; meanwhile, these ungodly and unethical actions emanate from the flesh.

The devil can manipulate people to do evil things. However, most of the evil deeds we see on earth are triggered by the desires of the flesh. Haven’t you seen religious and faithful people indulging in evil deeds?

This should tell you that the flesh can make people indulge in evil activities. The devil cannot force you to do evil because the Holy Spirit cannot force you to act righteously. The devil suggests evil thoughts.

The Holy Spirit gives you grace and empowers you to pursue righteousness. The power lies in your soul to accept the leadership of the Holy Spirit or the devil. In the same way, you can silence the devil's voice and the flesh's lustful desires.

If you can reject the voice of the Holy Spirit, you can also reject the voice of the devil and lustful desires of the flesh. Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in Galatia to walk and live in the Spirit because lustful desires limit the works of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Paul further explained that if we walk and live in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh.

 

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

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.

Galatians 5:16-17 KJV

There is an invisible battle going on in the spiritual realm. The lustful desires of the flesh wage war against the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wants to lead us, but the lustful desires of the flesh are preventing him. Check out my article, understanding the role of the human body, for more profound revelations.

 

In this article, I will share seven practical and biblical ways to walk and live in the Spirit. In other words, I will share the seven ways to break the lustful desires of the flesh. Breaking the desires of the flesh will empower you to walk and live in the consciousness of the Holy Spirit.

 

Seven Practical and Biblical Ways to help you walk and live in the Spirit

 

What are Spirit Walks?

1. Feed on the Word of God

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:32 KJV

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 KJV

The Word of God has the power to free us from the bondage of the flesh. Christ Jesus stated that the truth (Holy Scriptures) could set us free from every bondage. Like a car, without gasoline, electrical power, or petrol, it cannot move.

You set the car free when you supply it with the prescribed ingredient (electrical power, gasoline or diesel). In the same way, the Word of God is like gasoline, petrol, or electrical power; when you feed on the Word, it sets the soul and body free.

The Word of God has the power to break the lustful desires of the flesh. When you study the Word of God from your heart, the Holy Spirit empowers your soul and spirit to walk and live in the Spirit.

When your spirit and soul become empowered, the Holy Spirit suppresses the soul's lustful desires, paving the way for you to walk and live in the Spirit. Nothing in this world is more powerful than the Word of God.

As stated in the Holy Scriptures, the Word is quick, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (see Hebrews 4:12). The Word of God is a sword in the spiritual realm. It cuts the lustful thoughts and desires of the flesh into pieces.

The Word of God can make you conscious of the Holy Spirit when you meditate on it day and night. Have time for the Word of God if you want to walk and live in the Spirit. Check out my article on how to study God's Word for more profound revelation.

 

2. Building a consistent fasting and prayer life

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Matthew 26:41 KJV

Christ Jesus commanded his disciples to stay alert and pray because the flesh is weak. The flesh easily submits to the manipulations of evil spirits and unbelievers because of its Adamic nature. If you want to break the desires of the flesh, fast and pray consistently.

As the Holy Spirit leads, fasting and prayers will boost your spirit and break the soulish desires. Some people are too emotional to the extent that they become slaves to sin, animals, and manipulative people.

The Holy Spirit wants you to walk and live with him, and one of the best ways to connect with him is to fast and pray. When you fast and pray, the lustful desires of the flesh fall. Fasting and prayers are like boosters.

Like car engines, when you add oil to it, it becomes strong. Spirit-led fasting is like an energy drink; it revitalizes your spirit and soul. Spirit-led fasting will make you stronger in the spiritual realm.

Also, note that the soul will become weary when you fast and pray (meditate on Psalms 69:10). Your flesh will fight you when you fast and pray. When you are persistent in fasting and prayers, the lustful desires of the flesh will bow. When you master fasting and prayers, you will not struggle to walk and live in the Spirit.

 

3. Unequal yoke with unbelievers

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 KJV

Light and darkness cannot stay in the same environment. Being a Christian believer places you under the light of Christ Jesus. People who do not know God (unbelievers) are children of darkness.

You cannot walk and live in the Spirit if you equally yoke with the unbelievers. The philosophy of the unbelievers differs from the philosophy of Christian believers. You must not always agree to the counsels of the unbelievers because they will corrupt your good manners (see 1 Corinthians 15:33, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

When you allow the unbelievers to corrupt your good manners, you will walk in the lustful desires of the flesh. The evil words of the unbelievers can quench the Holy Spirit. Their evil words can grieve the Holy Spirit.

If you want to stay connected to the Holy Spirit, create some gap for the unbelievers, especially demon-possessed and unrepentant sinners. I remember entering one of the hostels in Koforidua to preach the gospel.

When I entered the room, I saw a group of students (three males and three females). Half-naked ladies were on the beds, while others were on the floor. The dressing of the ladies was seductive. The light in the room was off.

I noticed one guy who had the heart to serve the Lord but couldn’t exhibit his Christian life because of the people around him. I discerned that this guy wanted to ask me some bible questions, but one of the ladies in the room silenced him.

I felt lust in the room. A lady in the room watched me with an unwelcoming eye and face. I felt the lady had a marine spirit operating in her. After I preached, I led them to pray the prayer of salvation and rebuked the spirit of lust.

Many people cannot walk and live in the Spirit because of their association. Maybe the people in your workplace, school, and home have become a stumbling block to your spiritual growth. If you want to walk and live in the Spirit, create some gap between carnal Christians and unrepentant sinners.

Get rid of people that become a stumbling block between you and the Holy Spirit because they will limit your spiritual life. If your friends do not come to Christ Jesus, tell them you cannot join them with the devil and the world.

If the person loves Christ Jesus, he will repent from his evil ways and join the church. If the person loves you, he will forsake the world, repent from the evil deeds and join you to serve the Lord. Are you breaking your relationship with the Holy Spirit because of your association?

 

4. Soak into anointed and biblical songs

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Ephesians 5:17-20 KJV

Apostle Paul knew the power of spiritual songs, so he wrote to the Church in Ephesus to connect with the Holy Spirit through music. Spiritual songs can regenerate your spirit and soul. Biblical and anointed songs create an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to control an environment.

Have you ever asked yourself why unbelievers don’t play Christian (biblical and anointed) songs in nightclubs and social gatherings? They know the power of Christian songs (biblical and anointed songs).

The unbelievers know songs can create specific atmospheres, so they play secular (ungodly) music to create a lustful scene. The words within songs open doors for invisible spirits to take control of an environment.

Songs have the power to change your emotions, desires, and willpower. This is one reason you must apply wisdom to the songs you listen to. Have you ever asked yourself why the evil spirit tormenting king Saul left when David played music in the presence of king Saul?

Evil spirits cannot withstand biblical and anointed songs. Most prophets in the old covenant prophesied after the holy singers performed. They knew the power of spiritual songs, so they used them effectively.

The Holy Spirit loves holy music, so if you want to activate his presence, constantly play biblical and anointed songs in your environment. Check out my series of articles on how to activate the presence of the Holy Spirit for more profound revelations.

Mediate on these holy scriptures.

 

thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Psalms 22:3

 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Colossians 3:16

 

5. Become a living sacrifice

In Romans chapter twelve, verse one, Apostle Paul writes that we must become a living sacrifice unto God because it is the will of the Trinity. Becoming a living sacrifice to God means you decide to give your heart, resource, and strength to God and the church.

Becoming a living sacrifice to God and the church means you don’t conform to the evil pattern of the world. If you dedicate your life to Christ Jesus and the church, the Holy Spirit takes over your life. When you dedicate your time to win souls (evangelism), intercede, and serve the church with all your heart, the Holy Spirit will empower you to walk and live with him.

 

6. Disconnect from the evil desires of the world

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

James 1:19-25 KJV

The systems of the world have a way of limiting our walk with the Holy Spirit. For example, pornographic videos, erotic books, seductive games, and corrupt materials limit our walk with the Holy Spirit. If you are going to walk and live with the Holy Spirit, get rid of these things. Meditate on these holy scriptures for more profound revelations.

 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

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.

Romans 12:1-2 KJV

 

7. The Spirit way of prayer

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27 KJV

Praying in the Spirit (tongues speaking) can boost your walk with the Holy Spirit. When you pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit builds your spiritual senses for Spirit living. Spirit-filled prayers break evil forces hindering your spiritual life. When the evil spirits limiting your spiritual life flee, you will not struggle to walk and live in the Spirit. Meditate on these holy scriptures for more profound revelations.

 

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

1 Corinthians 14:4 KJV

 

ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

Jude 1:20 KJV

 

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