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Over the years, I have fully realized the significance and importance of walking by the Spirit because of the results it produces. And I find this revelation a special knowledge for anyone who walks by the Spirit. If the Spirit of God lives in us and we live by His dictates, then we truly have a oneness with God that gives us a sense of harmony and unity of mind with Christ.

Reference: Galatians 5:25 New American Standard Bible (NASB) "If we live by the Spirit, let's follow the Spirit as well."

What does it mean to live by the Spirit? And what does it also mean to follow the Spirit? To understand what both questions mean, lets look at the King James Version which has the correct rendering: "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." This means: Since it is through the Spirit that we are alive to God, let us also through the Spirit, order our lives and conducts day by day. That also means, if you are born of the Spirit, yield yourself to the Spirit, so you can be controlled by Him to please God.

To live in the Spirit is to be born again. It means having Christ in you. In other words, it is to be alive to God or to have the very life of God. Paul the apostle knew that a Christian could walk by the flesh, even though He lives in the Spirit or is born of the Spirit. For this reason, he instructed the Galatian Christians to stand firm in the liberty by which Christ has made them free, and refuse to be entangled again with a yoke of bondage (see Galatians 5:1). Since Christ has made us free, we ought to stand firm in the freedom by yielding ourselves to the Spirit of God so He can direct our steps.

Before any Christian got saved and received Christ as Lord, they were described as living by the flesh, thus gratifying the desires of the flesh but now the born again Christian is described as living in the Spirit or by Him. Anyone who lives in Christ (and Christ in them) lives in the Spirit, and ought to walk according to the dictates and influences of the Holy Spirit. This is because our spiritual life can only be expressed by His agency and influences. Therefore if we must avoid walking according to the flesh or under its dominion, and refuse to be controlled by its appetites and desires, then the only way is to walk by the Spirit.

Romans 8:13 (NLT) reads, "For if you live by the dictates of the flesh, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live." In other words, the flesh must be crucified until its is no longer ruling your desires and actions. Simply put, the death of the flesh is a proof that you are living the life of the Spirit. And if indeed the Spirit of God lives in us, we must let Him govern our desires and actions. Therefore it is our responsibility to walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Don't live to indulge in carnal propensities, or else you will gratify and satisfy the fleshly appetite. Remember the mind of the flesh is always "enmity" against God and so, it can never please God. Understand that the only way a Christian can live out the life to which God has called him is by walking in step with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, cherish and cultivate the influences of God's Spirit in your life, because pleasing God can only be accomplished by the aid of the Holy Spirit.

To follow or walk by the Spirit, set your mind on the things of the Spirit. The Bible says, "Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires" (Romans 8:5 NIV). If your mind is dominated by sinful thoughts, you will fulfil fleshly desires but if your mind and thoughts are controlled by the Holy Spirit, you'll always think about things of the Spirit and fulfil the actions that please God.

Another way to walk by the Spirit is to carefully study and apply biblical wisdom to the situations you encounter in life (see Joshua 1:8). Also learn to pray in the Spirit often (see Roman 8:26-28). This is because the Spirit of God always helps us to focus our mind on God through such prayer, even if we do not know exactly what we are supposed to pray. And the result speaks for itself - always according to the will of God. So the Holy Spirit grants us the utterance to pray, thereby guiding, directing and presenting our prayers aright to the Father. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - 2 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16-17; 1 John 2:6.

Guided Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the enabling grace to follow His guidance and directions. By His gracious influences and empowerment, I live daily to please you and to fulfil your plan and purpose for my life, in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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