A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, October 30, 2012
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” –Galatians 5:16
Who is Holy Spirit? God’s Holy Spirit is part of the Triune Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God is part of God and comes and lives within every believer once they have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. God’s Holy Spirit is also your proof of who you are in Jesus Christ, of your right standing with God the Father, your identity as a child of the Most High King, and is your diplomatic passport stamped with the power and authority of God given to you as a citizen in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus told his Apostles that He must go in order that God’s Holy Spirit could come to live in every believer and to manifest the earth. Holy Spirit is our Counselor and our Comforter (John 16:7). Holy Spirit guides us in God’s ways and truth by speaking to our spirit what God speaks. The Spirit of God intercedes for us and prays on our behalf when we do not know what or how to pray (Romans 8:26). Holy Spirit endues us with God’s Power from on High (Luke 24:49). Holy Spirit is a fruit-bearer who gives us His Fruit of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). And Holy Spirit is our friend.
So how do we walk in the Spirit? The Greek word for “walk” as used in this verse is peripateo (pr. per-ee-pat-eh-o) meaning “to walk as proof of ability, to be occupied with, to follow as a companion or devoted admirer, to deport oneself.”
To walk in the Spirit means that we want to welcome God’s Holy Spirit into our daily conversations and consciousness, and are occupied with Him. As Holy Spirit occupies us, it benefits us greatly to give Him greater access in us, through us and in our lives. We should desire to be occupied with Him, meaning to “engage [His] attention and energies” (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary). To walk in the Spirit means we follow Him as a companion and devoted admirer. We do this by “deporting ourselves.” Webster defines “deportation” as “to behave or comport, to carry away.”
We have got to forsake our flesh by allowing ourselves to be carried away by the Spirit of God. We forsake our flesh by choosing to allow Holy Spirit to reign and rule in us; thus choosing to be conformed to the Image of God. We are further liberated when allow God, through His Holy Spirit, to take an axe to the root of every tree that He did not plant in us, cast it into the fire; and in its places, fill us to overflowing with His Holy Spirit (Luke 3:9).
We don’t overcome the lusts of the flesh through will power or by focusing on these areas, because we will fail every time over the long-term; but we overcome the lusts of the flesh by focusing on God through His Holy Spirit, and allowing God’s Spirit to do the necessary cleansing, healing, redemptive, and restorative work in us.
For example, if I am walking outside and I am cold, I don’t focus on how cold I am as a way to ease my being cold; I instead get my mind off being cold and focus on other things. So it is with our conquest over the lust of the flesh: to focus on these various lusts is to amplify them; so rather focus on your walk in the Spirit and allow God’s Holy Spirit to accomplish what needs to be accomplished in you. (Side note: lust is not just referring to an ungodly sexual appetite. The lust of the flesh is any appetite that is not of God, or that has been perverted from its original God-given intent and nature. These include greed, pride, covetousness, et cetera).
My New Spirit-Filled Life Bible gives the following revelation and wisdom: “the flesh as an enemy is a New Testament idea focusing on the carnal, inbred tendencies of a fallen humankind. These inclinations are the most immediate enemy of the believer who desires to live a life under the control, influence, and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The Word says the desire alone to do good is not enough to overcome the flesh (Romans 7:21). Rather, we are called to war against the flesh; to live our lives in a tug-of-war as our flesh urges indulgence and the Holy Spirit constrains us to righteousness. Victory in this war is found in: abiding in a right relationship with Jesus, understanding that true strength is found in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:10), and continually submitting to the unction and urging of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Victory comes as we take these practical steps, avoiding overcoming the pull of our flesh.” (© 2002. Thomas Nelson Publishing).
My brothers and sisters, as you continue to submit to the unction and urging of God’s Holy Spirit that lives within you, be kind to yourselves. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).
God did not shed His Blood for you to beat yourself up; but He shed His Precious Blood so that you could experience the fullness of His great love toward you. He died to give you victory. God is rooting for you. He died for you so that you may live and that you may walk in the victory that He already secured for you and on your behalf. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to help you walk in the victory that is already yours.
Father, thank You for putting Your amazing plan of redemption in place, which was the life, death, and resurrection of Your Son, who was a treasure broken in Heaven and poured out for us. Thank You that Jesus came, died, and rose so that Your Holy Spirit could come with the victory of Jesus Christ. We say now “Come Holy Spirit, Come. Breathe on us. Occupy us in greater measure, in fullness to overflowing in us. Guide us with God’s Truth, Holy Spirit, speak God’s Truth to us and in us. And help us to walk in the ways of the Father. Keep us in all of our ways.” In Jesus Name, we thank you Holy Spirit, we praise You, and we shout out the victory! Amen and Amen!
Take Action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to be more aware of God’s Holy Spirit each and every day. Choose to allow Holy Spirit to occupy you in greater measure, and choose to be occupied with Him. Choose to usher in and stir up the Spirit of God in you and in your life every day. “Holy Spirit come.” Seek the guidance of Holy Spirit continually. And as you continue to focus on your walk in the Spirit, everything contrary will melt away. And continue to fight the good of continually walking in the Spirit; for God, Your Who has given you the gift of His Holy Spirit, has already given you the victory!
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And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2012, unless otherwise noted.