Being Sensitive In SpiritMarch 30, 2023
I’ve had had enough of Christians claiming to be spiritual yet they have nothing to prove. We’re having more churches than pubs yet sin is escalating instead of decreasing. Today, with help of the Holy Spirit, I want to share with you about walking (not being) in and with the spirit.
Scripture: Gal. 5:25 “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (NIV)
“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”(NLT)
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (KJB)
The above scripture shows:
1. Being in spirit is not the same as walking in the spirit- the New International Version starts by the word “since” implying that it is obvious that every Christian should be in the Spirit. King James starts by “if” implying that if we claim to be in spirit, we should also walk in Him.
2. Holy Spirit is concerned with every part of our lives- alcolici salerno the New Living Translation tells us to “follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives”. This shows that if our lives are going to change, walking in the spirit is not an option. If we need change in our lives, walking in the Spirit is vital. So, being in Spirit is good but walking in the spirit is what is going to change our lives.
3. Every part of our lives needs change- the Holy Spirit wouldn’t be concerned with our lives if it did not require change. We are full of flaws, and every single minute we need change so as to live as per God’s will. That tells us that we’re in dire need of change. Now, whenever you hear change, something should come into your mind; Responsibility and Accountability. Change calls one to be very responsible with every action, decision and choice that he/she makes or takes. Unfortunately, the “modern” Christian wants to blame everything on the devil. Even when it’s a matter of choice, the “modern” Christian will accuse the devil falsely. If we are to walk with the Spirit, we have to be very responsible and accountable. Our accountability in what God has placed on us is vital in bringing change to our lives. We should be willing and ready to embrace the consequences that are caused by our actions and choices that we make.
What exactly does it mean to walk in Spirit?
As stated earlier, “being” in Spirit isn’t the same as “walking”. What’s the difference? When one is saved and continues to live according to God’s will, the Holy Spirit lives in him (John 14:16-18) but to walk in Spirit isn’t automatic. We are given the Holy Spirit freely but to walk with Him takes a personal decision. When one is walking in Spirit, he knows what to do, when, where and how to do it. The Spirit dwells in every believer but not all believers experience His power.
How do I walk in the Spirit?
The answer is not with me, Tony, but rather with that black book called the bible. It tells us in Amos 3:3 that 2 people cannot walk together unless they agree. If we are to walk in Spirit it means we have to agree with Him. How do I agree with the Spirit? Rom 8: 5 “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” To agree with the Spirit means to do what pleases Him. You cannot walk with the Holy Spirit unless you agree with Him first concerning your lifestyle.
Be spiritually alert- when is pursuing spiritual things, the Holy Spirit is always close and ready to warn him of any impeding danger or when sin is approaching. Spiritual alertness comes as a result of having a companionship with the Holy Spirit. It comes when you invest your time or money and dedicate your equipments to God.
Let Him have His way- no man (and I mean NO ONE) is wiser than or closely wise like the Holy Spirit. Many times we ignore the Holy Spirit even when we can hear Him loudly. This is bad and it grieves Him, something that will definitely stop Him from intervening again. It must not be done repeatedly!
Do not grieve Him- to “grieve” means to feel bad or sad, suffer, be upset or lament. If we continuously grieve the Holy Spirit, we’ll lose His leading and our lives will become fruitless. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we sin intentionally, refuse to do the exact thing that He has told us, fail to understand His feelings, value other things more than Him, hurt others and remain remorseless and when we blaspheme Him or the Son or the Father.