Walking In The Spirit   Leave a comment

Bible Commentary by Andrew Wommack

Galatians 5:16; [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

How do we walk in the Spirit? The Greek word "PERIPATEO," translated "walk" here, means "to tread all around, i.e. walk at large…figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow" (Strong’s Concordance). The figurative meaning is what Paul was referring to here. He was speaking of living by, conducting our actions according to, and following the leading of the Holy Spirit.

The way we do this is through living by, conducting our actions according to, and following the leading of the Word of God as quickened to us by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God agree perfectly because the Holy Spirit is the one who inspired the written Word of God (2Pe 1:21).

The Spirit is truth (1Jo 5:6), and God’s Word is truth (Joh 17:17). The Word of God is spirit and life (Joh 6:63). Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one (1Jo 5:7), and Jesus was the Word of God made flesh (Joh 1:1-3 and 14).

When people walk according to the spirit of God’s Word, they are walking in the Spirit. Those who walk contrary to God’s Word are not in the Spirit.

Walking in the true revelation knowledge of God’s Word, as quickened to us by the Holy Spirit, is the way we walk in the Spirit. When we do that, we reap the benefits promised in this verse (see note 7 at this verse).

The deliverance from sin and its influence does not come from ourselves. This can only be achieved through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we let the Holy Spirit control us, He breaks the power of the flesh. One of the true differences between Christianity and other religions is that God provides us with His power through the Holy Spirit to enable us to perform His will. Other religions preach that God will accept us in proportion to how we overcome sin. What a difference!

It is important to notice what this verse does not say. Denying the flesh will not produce walking in the Spirit, but walking in the Spirit will produce denying of the flesh. This is a subtle difference to some, but the difference is truly profound.

As a whole, false religions teach that as we overcome our flesh, there is a noticeable increase in the presence and power of God in our lives. That was what the Pharisees of Jesus’ day and the legalistic Jews of Paul’s day taught. Just the opposite is true. As we experience more of the presence and power of the Spirit of God, the influence of the flesh is diminished. Victory must come in this order. We don’t get the Spirit as a result of overcoming the flesh; having the Spirit results in overcoming the flesh.

It’s similar to how a dark room is filled with light. The darkness isn’t shoveled out and then light comes. No! The light is simply turned on and darkness flees. Much of religion preaches to us to stop sinning (get rid of the darkness) and then the Holy Spirit will come and empower us (the light will come). That’s not the way it works. We can no more get rid of the power of the flesh on our own than we can get rid of the power of darkness without light. We have to receive the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives by grace, and then that union with the Holy Spirit breaks the power of the flesh.

The key to breaking the dominion of the flesh is to appropriate the power of the Spirit through faith while the flesh is still giving us problems. Those of us who are waiting on the Spirit to come after we have subdued the flesh will be waiting as long as the one who is trying to get rid of all the darkness so the light can come.

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Posted October 31, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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