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How Do We Walk By The Spirit?

We have been cruising through learning about Paul’s battle with the Judaizers.  We have learned why they are wrong and Paul is right.  He has used experiences and scripture to prove his point.  He has taught what the differences are between the gospel he preaches and their false teachings.  The point of chapter five has been that rather than work in the flesh, we must walk by the Spirit.  The question we might ask ourselves is how exactly do we do that?

God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, according to Galatians 4:6.  If you are a follower of Christ, then  you already have the one basic need in order to walk by the Spirit.

Next, in Galatians 5:22, we see that the Spirit, when He was sent to our hearts, brings fruit with Him that is planted.

Now, Paul says in Galatians writes If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

How do we make this a reality in our lives?  How do we live and walk by the Spirit?

The first place to start, since we are talking about life by the Spirit, is to realize and acknowledge that we just can’t do this on our own in our own power.  Paul writes in Romans 7:18, For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.  What Paul is saying is that on his own, in his own power, using everything he has, he will not produce good.  He will produce the works of the flesh he talks about in Galatians 5.  So, he admits that he can’t do anything good and pleasing to the Lord outside of the power of the Spirit.

Once we admit this, we need to pray.  We are going to have to pray for the Lord’s help in walking by the Spirit.  Some people would say, “I have the Spirit, why would I have to pray for His help since He’s been sent to my heart with all of His fruit anyway?  Let me just float along on the Spirit.”  The problem there is that is not the attitude that the Spirit produces.  If we admit we can’t do it on our own, then we are admitting that we need God’s help.  We are dependent on Him.  We should ask Him.  He won’t deny us asking this in the right attitude.

Where I work, I manage a team of people.  I am not a micro-manager.  I trust that my team will do the work they are supposed to do.  We must trust that the Spirit that God sent into our hearts is doing His work in us.  Through the Spirit we have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  How were we able to do this?  Through the power of the Spirit.  If we trust the Lord, then we have executed the desires and passions of the flesh.

Notice that until this point, we have been totally dependent on the Spirit.  We began with Him and not with ourselves.  Once we have become dependent on Him, we can go to work.  Why?  Because when that happens, He is working through us.  With Paul we can say in Galatians 2:20, I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  We might ask, “If the Lord is working in me, why do I need to do any work?”  Look at what Paul says in Phillipians 2:12-13: Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you.  Yes, God is at work in you.  Yes, walk by the Spirit.  The Spirit now enables you to work in a manner He wants you to.

Finally, thank the Lord.  Woven through scripture is the attitude of being thankful to Him.  Thank him for sending the Spirit of His Son into our hearts.  Thank Him for the fruit of the Spirit.  Thank Him for making us able to walk by the Spirit.

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