We walk according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh. What does that even mean?
4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law should be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to flesh but according to Spirit. Romans 8:4 Darby Translation
Walking in the flesh is living life according to what WE want without regard to God. The problem is that we are ruled by our passions. Satan knows those passions and manipulates us with them. John 10:10 says, “The thief [the devil] comes to kill, steal and destroy…” Do we believe this verse? If not, then we will see no need for any assistance from the Spirit. If we do, then we are desperate for His guidance. Along the way, we realize that He is more than just a Guide; He is a Friend, closer than any other.
Jesus offers us Himself by way of the Spirit. Colossians 1:27 says, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” What are some ways that we can get to know Him?
- Read the Word. From it, we get examples of people who have a relationship with Him, we get life lessons, and we even learn what He will say and won’t say to us.
- Walk with other believers, ones who have been walking with Him a long time and show a willingness to learn new things from Him.
- Talk to Him. Ask Him often for His opinion.
- Be obedient. There’s nothing that will squelch His voice faster than ignoring His direction.
“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5. See? I read this in the Bible and it told me on what I am to set my mind. If I were to flip over to Colossians 3:2, I would find a similar verse, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” The principle taught in these two verses is foundational for a godly life. Let’s get started!
Abba, as we worship today, may You impress upon us Your desire to know us, and then impress upon us our need to know You. It’s all about the relationship. May we worship You in spirit and in truth today. Amen.