Walking in the Spirit

Posted: May 2, 2016 in Basic Training

Street Walking

Do not think of a purple elephant!

We have been forgiven of our sins and set free from the slavery of our sinful nature. It is God’s will that we now live our lives empowered by the Holy Spirit.  The Bible shows us how to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit in a practical way, moment by moment, day by day.

What is sanctification?

Romans 6:13, Romans 12:1 – The first step to walking in the Spirit is sanctification. Simply put, sanctification means that I offer myself to God to be set apart for His exclusive use. Each vessel in  the temple was sanctified. They were created and set apart for one purpose, the worship of God.

Do not think of a purple elephant!

Romans 8:5-6, Galatians 5:16-18 – Walking in the Spirit means choosing to set my mind on what the Spirit desires.  Too often our focus is set on the sins we struggle with and the things we do not want to do.  In these verses God promises that if we set our minds on what the Spirit desires we will not gratify the desires of our sinful nature. Focusing on what I should not do is like the purple elephant. The more I try to not think of the purple elephant the more my mind fixates on it (what are you thinking of right now!). When I repent of sin I turn and move in a new direction focusing on God’s best for my life.

Hebrews 4:12 – A big part of setting my mind on the things of the Spirit is reading and obeying the Word of God. Why?  Because the Spirit has spoken through the Word.  The Lord will never show me something that does not line up with His Word.  He will never lead me in a way which asks me to do something that contradicts His Word.  Therefore I cannot walk in the Spirit without being in the Word.

“My flesh is like a black dog while my spirit is like a white dog. The dog I feed will grow while the other one diminishes.”

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Romans 8:28, James 1:2-4 – Another key to walking in the Spirit and becoming mature is learning to see God in every circumstance of my life. It’s easy to whine and complain about the circumstances and trials that I face.  Joy comes from looking and seeing God at work in my circumstances and knowing that He will work all things together for good if I love Him. God is active in both our trials and our successes to bring us into a deeper relationship with Himself and to accomplish His good and perfect will.

Live inside the circle. Be transformed!

Sample questions:

  1. What is sanctification? How is it lived out?
  2. Why is the Bible a key element to walking in the Spirit?
  3. What happens when we choose to set our minds on what the scriptures desire? What happens when we don’t?
  4. How can you apply the promises of Romans 8:28 and James 1:2-4 to a situation you are currently facing?
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