Week 32

These weekly posts show the Triad teachings. Starting at week 1 and progressing through the weeks will help you see the logic of the series.

Walk In the Spirit

We are now near the end of our study; but we need to discuss “walking in the Spirit” before we close.

There is that much information right in Romans chapter 8 about walking in the Spirit. But let’s look at what there is. First, we should note that “walking” is a slow, long term form of travel. It is one foot after the other. It is the same motion over and over again. So, what “motion” is that?

It means a daily, hourly, present tense choice to follow God. That may mean his actual personal voice to you that no one else hears, but usually our direction comes from applying what we know of God through our (now enabled) free will.  Romans 8 has a little information on this:

12 “So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh;  for if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”

This means we have to know God personally. We have to ask for His Spirit, through Jesus, as children of God, heirs with Christ. This comes by faith.

Then, once we know him, we have to “suffer with him”. Now this primarily refers to three things: 1.the price of our witness, 2. trust and patience in adversity, and 3. “crucifying the flesh”.

The price of our witness in our culture is not as bad as in other cultures, but we can nevertheless face some persecution, from neighbors, co-workers and fellow Christians.

Trust and patience in adversity is a major theme in the New Testament. For example:

“Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1).

“Perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” is another way to say “sanctification”.

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings.” (1 Peter 4).

It’s nice to remind ourselves at this point that He does not let us tempted beyond our ability to endure.

Lastly, we suffer as we “crucify the flesh”. Even though sin is “dead”, we still face temptations, and we have to deny our lower desires. It is not a sin to be in a war.

We can get a good idea of how to “walk in the Spirit” and “crucify the flesh” from a study of Galatians chapter 5.

 

 

 

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