Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Walking in the Spirit

He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.  1 Thessalonians 4:8

Walking in the Holy Spirit means that we have fully enveloped ourselves in the fruit of the spirit and are no longer walking according to the works of the flesh.  

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23

Wherever we go, the fruit should be evident in us.  It is the fruit of the spirit that causes our light to shine in a dark world.  We can do all things with the Holy Spirit working within us. 

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13

The Holy Spirit is so crucial to our Christian walk that Jesus told the disciples that before they were to begin the commission He gave them, they were to wait until they were filled with power from on high.  That power is the spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit serves an important purpose in the lives of believers. The Holy Spirit:

>      Convicts:  

It is the Holy Spirit that convicts of sin to draw men and women to Jesus. We could not become a believer without this ministry of the Spirit:  

And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on me;  Of righteousness, because I go to My Father and ye see me no more;  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (John 16:8-11)

>      Regenerates:  

The Holy Spirit changes our life when we become a believer:

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. (Titus 3:5)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:3-7)

>      Sanctifies:  

The Holy Spirit takes this life which has been changed by salvation and enables righteous living:  

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
 (2 Thessalonians 2:13)

>      Baptizes:   

Experience of baptism in the Holy Spirit:  

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4)

>      Dwells Within:  

The purpose of this indwelling is to strengthen the new nature received through salvation:  

What! Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
 (1 Corinthians 6:19)

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. (Galatians 5:16-18)

Accept the gift of the Holy Spirit which was promised to us and let it dwell within, 

baptizing you with power, 
sanctifying your life with God's nature, 
birthing you into the kingdom of God and 
helping you live a life that is pleasing to God.

(Biblical Studies)


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