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SOME PRACTICAL THOUGHTS ON WALKING IN THE SPIRIT 1

Do you believe it’s possible to maintain a consistent, intimate walk with God throughout your day? In a word, victoriously walk in the power of the Holy Spirit as the norm in your daily experience? By walking in the Spirit I mean, “habitually [ordering] your lifestyle through the Spirit’s guidance [so that you] will not be deflected by the desires of the flesh, from a walk in fellowship with God.”2

Within us rages a battle between the two conflicting principles of our sinful and spiritual natures. The focus of the battle between these two forces is our will as we choose which principle we will allow to have dominion. Contrary to common perception, it is not ours to crucify the flesh - our life of self. That was accomplished at Calvary. Our responsibility is to consider Christ’s victory at the cross on our behalf to be true: “C ount yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 11:6b). Thus, as we by faith appropriate Christ’s victory on our behalf, emancipation from the dominion of our fleshly desires becomes our new reality and norm.

Consider Galatians 5:16 and 25:” …Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature…Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” That is, we are to continually acknowledge and respond to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and guidance as we depend upon his power for victory.

“Walking in the Spirit does not mean that we will be immune from the pull of fleshly desires. When the Spirit fills us, he does take control of our personality, but he does not dehumanize us. The desires assert themselves, but we will be enabled by the Spirit’s strengthening to refrain from gratifying them. We are still in the field of battle, but we no longer fight alone. We have a powerful though unseen Ally on whom to rely.” 3

Walking in the Spirit means walking in accordance with the Word of God - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom…” (Col. 3:16a). It also means walking in obedience to God’s will: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).

As we walk in the Spirit the power of our fleshly desires will diminish in their force and allurement. Our sensitive obedience to the restraining and empowering voice of the Spirit will spell victory. This victory is not the result of us choking back our sinful urges, but rather the counteracting operation of a higher, more powerful law: “Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2b).

On a personal note, let me share what works for me on this issue of walking in the Spirit:

· I choose to make unrushed, quality time with God my first priority of each day.

· I choose to practice God’s presence throughout the day by bringing Jesus into every aspect of my life: worshipping him throughout the day, entreating him for wisdom and patience, and thanking him for his guidance and sovereignty in the day’s affairs.

· If, during the day I break fellowship with him in a weak moment of anger, fear, a lustful gaze, or an impatient urge, I stop what I am doing and confess the sin. Then and only then do I re-engage in the affairs of the day. I have found that if I fail to deal with the sin immediately, I have lost the war effort and end up walking in the flesh for the rest of the day.

This week may you experience His grace, peace and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

1Many of the basic concepts put forward in this “Facts” are derived from, Enjoying Intimacy with God–J. Oswald Sanders, Discovery House Publishers, 1992, pgs. 78-85; 2 ibid pg. 79; 3 ibid pg. 85





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