Walk in the Spirit Gal 5:16 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
This is a fairly simple lesson when you think about it. When you were saved, you went through a spiritual circumcision that separated your flesh from your soul [Col 2:10-11]. The Holy Spirit brought spiritual life into you [Jn 3:6; 1 Jn 5:12] and he began to dwell in you [Jn 14:17].
Now, you walk in a flesh body that is crucified with Christ [Rom 6:6-7] and you walk in the Spirit who resides in you. You now have a war going on inside of you between your flesh and the Spirit [Gal 5:17]. One of the surest signs that you are saved is that God won’t leave you alone when it comes to sin in your life – the battle rages on.
Each and every moment of your life, you are either walking in your flesh or you are walking in the Spirit because they both go with you everywhere you go. At any given moment, you can put one foot down in the Spirit and in the very next moment switch and put the other foot down in the flesh. It works that fast. If you walk in the Spirit then you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh – it can’t happen because the Spirit does not serve your flesh.
Because we are to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh, we need to be led by the Spirit instead of trying to lead him [Rom 8:14]. If you are walking in the Spirit then the Spirit will have the liberty to lead you wherever he wants you to go and keep you away from places he doesn’t want you to go.
In order for the Spirit to lead you without having to drag you, you have to mortify the deeds of the flesh through the Spirit [Rom 8:13]. You have to put the flesh at as much disadvantage as possible [1 Cor 9:27]. The more that the flesh is mortified, the more the life of Christ will be lived in you [Gal 2:20].
Look at your life now and see how much of what you do is led by the Spirit and is representative of Christ living in you. You may be shocked to find that the reason you have the trouble you do with the flesh is that you are trying to control the flesh rather than walk in the Spirit. That’s a losing battle that the flesh loves to fight because it keeps getting so much attention, like a spoiled child.