Walk in the Spirit!…
I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
I try as much as possible not to give advise based on my own perspective. Not that my perspective invalids anything, but because I want to allow the Word of God to speak for itself.
But for today, I’m going to relate an observation that I’ve made over time about thriving in the walk of a Christian. This is personal so I want to share with you my personal experience.
As I write this and recall scriptures that support the topic of this devotional, I’m reflecting back on a journey that I am on currently and will remain on till Jesus takes me home to be with Him. The journey is taking a walk in the Spirit.
I came to realize some time ago that we often make that which God calls each of us to, a lot more difficult than it actually is, when you put it into practice. In those cases where we find ourselves complicating the process, it becomes clear if we persist in focusing our attention on what the Holy Spirit guides us to, we come to the realization, that the things God leads in our core practice are much simpler than we tend to make them.
I’ve also come to reason that this is because we are made to do these things by our creator; Jesus!
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (HCSB)
I never realized early on just what Jesus was saying here. The ‘Joke’ is on us when we complicate that which we are architected by Jesus to do. When we accept the yoke He calls us to we relieve ourselves from the self-imposed burdens we choose to accept. Burdens He had no intent on us being bothered with!
We were made for this!
Walking in the Spirit isn’t rocket science. Neither is Loving, being faithful, trusting, forgiving, or serving or any number of different core principles Jesus calls us to. We simply were made for it.
When we choose to exercise these core principles we find quickly that the endeavor is not taxing emotionally; on the contrary it is exhilarating. We are made to take His yoke upon ourselves and do that which He calls us to. It is just that simple.
Walking in the Spirit!
When it comes to walking in the Spirit, lets consider just how simple this is and how we complicate things.
Now, if I take the perspective that the Holy Spirit is my guide and I have to follow that guy everywhere, do what he directs me to, and ignore those things that I might ‘feel’ like doing; this sounds like a lot of work first off but taxing and counter to what I feel like I may want too do or think I absolutely need to do.
Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16 (HCSB)
I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.
Ezekiel 36:27 (HCSB)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (HCSB)
Sorry to throw rapid fire passages at you but I wanted to combine them together for the sake of getting to the crux of this.
The Holy Spirit does guide us, but he doesn’t do it from walking 10 steps ahead, pointing left, right and onward. His presence in us communes with our spirit and that guidance is a gentle tug.
When we embrace this relationship He causes us to follow God’s direction for us and we quickly find that simple right and wrong are augmented with that which God plans for us verses what our flesh suggests we do.
And in doing this the Spirit is rewarding us with joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control! IT FEELS GOOD TAKE HIS YOKE UPON US!! And it feel good to walk in the Spirit when the Spirit is living IN US!
It’s not complicated. It really isn’t hard. He strengthens us where we need strengthening. He guides us from the inside where we need to be. He communes with us, and constantly is rewarding us for doing that which Jesus not only called us to, but created us for!
but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (HCSB)
For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Galatians 5:13-14 (HCSB)
This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” — and I am the worst of them.
1 Timothy 1:15 (HCSB)
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness — without it no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 (HCSB)
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word.
Ephesians 5:25-26 (HCSB)