April 30: Walk in the Spirit!

Galatians 5:25-26

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians 5:16

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

The concept or meaning of the expression, “walking in the Spirit” is vague and dark to many Christians. Does it mean that we literally walk in the Spirit and not in the physical life? Does it mean that we are walking in the Spirit just as we walk physically? Well, biblical terms are never to be assumed. We must let the Scripture tell us what it means by “walking in the Spirit”. In Galatians 5:16-17, the Word tells us to walk in the Spirit, and we shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Here, the way not to fulfill the lust of the flesh is to “walk in the Spirit”; which means that “walking in the Spirit” prevents us from yielding to, responding to, or fulfilling the lust of the flesh. Then in verse 17, it tells us that the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. So, a “walk in the Spirit” is against living according to the dictates of the flesh. What’s the flesh, in context? The flesh is the mindedness of sin that is in the unrenewed mind, which works through the five physical senses, or through the physical body. When you get born again, the sin nature gives way to God’s nature in you; you are recreated, born anew (2 Cor. 5:17; Col. 2:11-12). So, there is no true Christian who still has the sin nature (the old man), no not one (Eph. 4:20-24; Col. 3:9-10). However, the mindedness or consciousness of sin still resides in the soul, but the soul can be renewed by the Word of God unto the consciousness of righteousness.

So, walking in the Spirit is walking according to the dictates of the new man in Christ, the new nature of love and of righteousness, by the power of the Holy Spirit within us (Gal. 5:16-23; Gal. 5:25-26). In fact, Galatians 5:25-26 says: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another”; which means that walking in the Spirit is walking according to the new nature of love and righteousness which we have received through faith in Christ, and that nature is not desirous of vain glory, does not provoke others to anger or wrath, and is not envious of people. What then is the new nature desirous of? It is desirous of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. When we walk according to this new nature which we have received in Christ, we are walking in the spirit. Hallelujah!

MY SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION)
In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare that I am born of the Word and of the Spirit of God; therefore, I walk according to the new life or nature which I have received in Christ. I renew my mind to the Word of God and yield my body, by the strength of the Holy Spirit, to the force of eternal life within me. Amen.

Further Meditation:

Galatians 5:16-23; Ephesians 4:20-24