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Walk in the Spirit

Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16

From the apostle Paul’s letter written primarily to the church in Galatia, yet to all Christians, we have wise words on how to avoid those areas of desire which are contrary to the heart of God. Paul goes on to tell us that, “Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”, which concurs with the following verse, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit,” Galatians 5:24-25.

So what does it mean to walk in the Spirit? How do I deny those lustful desires I have, those things which though they give me pleasure and satisfaction, are directly in contrast to God’s best for me? First we need to understand there is a continual battle raging within us which dates back to the Garden of Eden. Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:11, “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.” That being said, because the war is raging, we also know that we must somehow defend ourselves and find wisdom in Paul’s writings once again for our defense.

In Ephesians 6:11 Paul declares, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (methods) of the devil.” One of those pieces of armor is, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,” Ephesians 6:17. Furthermore verse 18 of that same chapter tells us, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”

So clearly, if my only defense against fulfilling the lust of my flesh is to walk in the Spirit, and in order to do that I am to pick up my Sword, that is my Bible and be read up, it would certainly stand to reason I must also continually bow my heart and thus be prayed up. We find in Romans 7:18-19, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) no good thing dwells …For the good that I will to do, I do not do, but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.”

So, practically, for you and for me, if we are going to experience victory in our lives, we have got to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. So read up, pray up, always look up and remember there are Three who are for you, emphatically in love with you, and who are rooting for you. Galatians 4:6 tells us, “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’”

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