We often teach and preach about the importance of ‘Walking in the Spirit’ but what exactly does that look like? Specifically, what should change in my life if I am walking in the Spirit? How do I do it and how do I know if I am walking in the Spirit?
1) To walk in the Spirit, we must first be aware of God’s Spirit and we must be aware that His Spirit resides in the life of the believer. That may seem elementary to some, but it is vitally important. I have known several people who felt ill but refused to go to the doctor because they did not want to know if they were sick or not. Some later found out that they had cancer. Once they were aware that they had cancer, it changed everything. They began to deal with the cancer. They began to live life with a different outlook. They began to be aware of their health, their diet, their time, etc. Now, I know cancer is a bad thing, but once a person is aware of the disease, it changes them. We have the Holy Spirit of God living within us. Unlike cancer, the Holy Spirit is a very positive thing in our life yet we often ignore the fact. We don’t act like we have God’s Spirit within us. We must spend time studying Who the Holy Spirit is, How He works in us, and How we are to respond to that. We must be aware of Him.
2) If I am walking in the Spirit I will look at things spiritually. I will take a spiritual application on a subject. My first response in any situation should be with God in mind. Problems that come my way, people that I meet, conversations that I have, blessings that I receive; all of these should be opportunities for me to grow in my relationship with my Savior.
To be continued...