"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty."
In a season filled with the unknown, it's easy to turn to fear. To give in to what the world thinks you should do. But God has given us a gift. One that can turn every fear into a peace that surpasses all understanding.
The Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy: 1:7 says this, "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and a sound mind."
But, to understand how to walk in the Spirit, we must first know who the Holy Spirit is and what He does for us.
The Holy Spirit is God—the third person of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We often pray to God the Father, or Jesus the Son, But we neglect the power of prayer in the Spirit.
God has given us the Holy Spirit as an advocate. To help guide us to make decisions out of Gods will and not our flesh.
It's in the book of John that Jesus tells His disciples that God would send us a helper in His name. One that was going to teach us and remind us of the goodness of God. A Spirit that would never leave us, and in fact, would live inside of us.
"All this I have spoken while I was still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you. My peace, I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." - John 14: 25-27
When you become a Christian and accept Jesus into your heart, you become one with the Spirit. You gain access to something the world will never know. What a powerful truth!
So, how do we know if we are walking in the Spirit?
1- Check the root
The Spirit has many characteristics, or as the Bible says, fruits.
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.
So, when you're angry, frustrated, hurt. What comes out of you.
When you get cut off in traffic, blamed for something you didn't do, or get disrespected, what comes out of you?
It's in our most "triggered" times that we reflect what dwells inside of us—exposing what fruit we are really harvesting in our hearts.
Matthew 12:33 says this, "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit."
When you truly walk with the Spirit, nothing will have more power over your emotions and decisions because it will become second nature for your flesh to bow to the things of the world and submit to the Holy Spirit.
"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking, and envying each other." - Galatians 5:24-26
Which leads into the next point-
2- Check the flame
Are you feeding your flesh more than your Spirit?
Who calls the shots in your life...
"Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again. The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.' So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." - John 3: 6-8
Paul was a man in the Bible, known for his great faith. And it was while he was in prison he wrote a letter to his friend Timothy. Encouraging him to fan the flame of the Spirit.
"For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."
-2 Timothy 1: 6-7
When you make a fire, for it to continue burning, you have to keep adding wood—the same way we use the Spirit. The more you keep feeding yourself the word of God, the bigger the flame of the Spirit will burn.
I love that Paul used the term flame and not fire. Because it's not the fire we are trying to build, it's the flames of the fire we are trying to build up to sustain us. We already have a fire inside of us going; it's just up to us to fuel it enough to burn out those desires of the flesh.
And when we do, the fire only gets bigger—making us even more aware of the power of the Holy Spirit.
When you accept Christ in your heart, you invite the Spirit to come inside you. But that doesn't mean that you automatically walk in the Spirit. It means that you now have access to choose to walk in it.
James 4:8 says, when we draw near to God, He will draw near to you.
Surrendering who you are for who He is, will always pull you closer to Him. And the more you choose Him, the more your life will reflect the fruits of the Spirit, causing your flame to never burnt out.
"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. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace."
- Romans 8: 5-6
So, obey the Spirit's voice, present your body as a living sacrifice to God, and spend time praying in the Spirit! And I can promise your life will start to be aligned with Gods will!
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Blog: ARE YOU WALKING WITH THE SPIRIT? is written by The Avenue