Walking in the Spirit Continued …
- God instructs us to be filled with the Spirt in Ephesians 5:15-21
To be filled with the Spirit: to be under the influence, the control of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)
- We are not to be filled only one time but continually – Walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:13-26 – See verse 16)
- How do we walk in the Spirit?
- Focus on God: Joseph (Genesis 39:9) consider Christ’s Example (Hebrews 12:1-2);
How do you keep your focus on God? Prayer and God’s Word (Ephesians 5:18-21)
- Set your mind on God’s will: What the Spirit desires (Galatians 5:16-17; Romans 8:5-8)
Illustration: Lord Jesus – “My food is to do the will of him …” John 4:34. What is your life all about?
- Offer your body as a living sacrifice each day – live to please God: Romans 12:1
- What is the evidence of Walking in the flesh?
Quarrelling and fighting, no submission (Galatians 5:15, 26). Example: Joseph’s Brothers (Acts 7:9)
- What is the evidence of Walking in the Spirit?
- Love and service (Galatians 5:13-14). Example of Joseph
- What is the result of walking in the flesh?
- Carnal man: works of the flesh - No spiritual growth (Galatians 5:19-21)
- Lack of discernment of what God has in store for him
- Focus on personal pursuits. Illustration: Joseph – If Joseph was self-focussed, he would have sought revenge; Rich fool
- What is the result of walking in the Spirit?
- Spiritual man: more and more like Christ; fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
- Fulfil God’s call for you as the Spirit empowers you – Joseph (Genesis 45:7-8)
- Fullness of God’s blessing: his inheritance and reward – As we mature God entrusts more to us. (Galatians 4:1-2)
- In Christ we overcome the flesh, sin and his power (Galatians 5:24). You can choose to walk in the Spirit – Walking in the Spirit is a choice (Galatians 5:16)