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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Walking in the Spirit



Last week’s reading talked about having the Holy Spirit living inside of us, and how that keeps us from doing what our sinful flesh wants to do. The only way that works, however, is if we heed the voice of the Spirit. This week we are discussing what it means to both live and walk in the Holy Spirit, so that the victory spoken of in the previous reading becomes a reality.


25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25 New King James Version). Why would the apostle Paul tell us to also walk in the Spirit if we already lived in Him? Living in the Spirit means to live our lives in the Spirit, to pass our time in the Spirit, to be moved to action by the Spirit. This means that the Spirit moves us to do certain things as the last post stated. The Holy Spirit is right there within us speaking 24 hours a day. He is always guiding and leading.


The Holy Spirit Living in Us


Remember, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. “19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJV). A temple is a building devoted and dedicated to sacred use. As living temples we are only suited for certain activities. We are only built for certain things, and those are the things of GOD.


Being the vessel of the Holy Spirit means that His presence dwells within us, praise GOD! There is never a moment when He is not right there at our side, and He has a particular purpose. The Spirit is not just there to be there. Jesus tells us, “26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26 NKJV).


LORD thank you; we have help! In the above passage, Jesus is getting ready to leave His disciples and He knows that they are feeling lost and are wondering what they will do without Him. It is at this point that He tells them to take heart, to be encouraged, to realize that they are not going to be left alone, but He is sending a Helper who will be right there as they do the work of the ministry. This Helper will cause them to remember everything that Jesus taught and said to them! How amazing is that! They just received a memory upgrade!


As they are carrying out the last orders of Jesus, He will be right there with them as He said. “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV). This same Jesus is with us as well in the form of the Holy Spirit. We have the same memory upgrade. We have the same Helper. This leads us to our next point.


In the midst of our jobs, running households, being in relationships, and just living life, all of us through Christ have a higher calling. It is such a high calling that the apostle Paul told us to press toward it and forget the way that we used to live before we met Christ. Now that we have met Him and are working for Him, His goals take priority over ours. “13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV).


All of us are to press on toward the upward call of GOD. GOD is calling us higher. The LORD is calling us to come up from our circumstances and realize our heavenly calling to live as HE created us to live, and to be conformed to the image of His Son Jesus doing the same works He did and greater. “12 ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.’ “ (John 14:12-13 NKJV).


This is where the Holy Spirit comes into play. Remember, we don’t know what to pray. “26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26 NKJV). Whether it is with groanings that cannot be understood as words, or if He speaks directly to us, the Holy Spirit is there to guide us to victory in every situation. He will tell us what to ask in the name of Jesus, and it will come to pass.


Walking in the Holy Spirit


The Greek meaning of the word walking as it is used here means to line up, march in rank, in step, to keep step, to direct one’s life, to live. If it is the Holy Spirit that actuates us and motivates us to do the things of GOD, then let us display that control of the Spirit in our lives by lining up and marching in step to what He tells us to do.


Living in the Spirit means we acknowledge His presence in our lives. Walking in the Spirit means we show His influence in our lives. For example, living in the Spirit means He will tell you to give to the poor, walking in the Spirit means that you will actually go and give to the poor. Living in the Spirit is the thought/idea; walking in the Spirit is the action.


Now we understand why Paul said if we live in Him let us walk in Him. Every believer that lives in the Spirit does not walk in the Spirit. Paul is exhorting us to hear (live) and obey (walk). If we are not walking in the Spirit as we live in Him, then we are not fulfilling our purpose for being here. Contrary to popular opinion, we are not here for ourselves. Our purpose is not just to live out our lives then die. We have mission and assignment. There is purpose and expectation on us. Remember the verse from 1 Corinthians 6, we are not our own. That means we do not belong to ourselves. We were bought with a price as the next verse says, and we were purchased to carry out GOD's will.


I encourage you to yield to the Holy Spirit’s prompting today. He is directing you toward how you can carry out your mission. The things of GOD are more important than the things of this world. “18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV).


What we see with our natural eye is passing away, but what the Spirit reveals will last forever. Let us concern ourselves with the things of the Spirit and do what He is moving us to do today. “Now our LORD Jesus Christ Himself, and GOD, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and stablish you in every good word and work.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17). In Jesus’ name amen (may it be fulfilled; it is so).


How to be Saved


Romans 10: 9-13


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).


Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8


8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)


8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)


It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:


“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”


You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.








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