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Robert Flynn

Are we walking in the Spirit?

It was said “We are not justified by the manner of our walk, but by our being in Christ Jesus,”



Have you ever asked yourself this question, “Am I in Christ?” If the answer is yes, then you are a believer of the righteousness of Jesus. 



(Romans 8:1)   “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. 



(Romans 8:30) “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” 



(Romans 8:34) “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” 



Without the righteousness of Jesus we would have no hope at all. But thank God he has declared us not guilty and has offered us freedom from sin by His baptism, crucifixion, and His ascension into heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.



People who are “in Christ Jesus” do not walk after the flesh, but after and in step with the Holy Spirit. They walk according to the guidance of the Spirit. To be “filled with the Spirit” is to be under the control of the Spirit. Every believer of the Water and the Spirit has the Holy Spirit. Our responsibility is to be yielded to Him. The result of our justification through faith in Christ is a new creation, no longer under the control of the flesh, but in the spirit, a spiritual person.



No, God does not eliminate the flesh. It is still there determined and warring against the spirit and it will be there until the believers in the Water and the Spirit are taken up into heaven to be with God.



That apostle Paul tells us the person who is “in Christ Jesus” commits himself to the guidance and control of the Holy Spirit. He gives us guidance, encouragement, correction, and leads us in the paths of righteousness so that we become more like Christ.



Another important question for the believer is, am I walking according to the flesh? Or, Am I walking in the Spirit? Our response determines what we create in our daily lives. Paul divides people into two categories – 

(1) those who let themselves be controlled by the flesh or lower nature, and (2) those that follow after the Holy Spirit. If Jesus had not offered us a way out we would all be in the first category. We must use the bible to discover God’s guidelines. 



The apostle Paul said, 



(Romans 8:4) “Do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” 



(Gal 5:16) “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” 



(Gal 5:25) “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”



How do you know the difference? 



(Romans 8:5). “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” Is my life conduct under the control of the Spirit? If so, I will produce the fruit of the Spirit in my life 



(Galatians 5:22-23) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”



It will be the opposite of the works of the flesh (Gal 5:19-21). (19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20)Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, (21)Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”



How is your walk?  Let your mind be under the control of the Holy Spirit and you will produce the fruit of the Spirit.



(Romans 8:5) “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”



Set your mind on the flesh and you will produce flesh. Let it be under the power and control of the Holy Spirit and you become like Jesus Christ in your behavior.



(Romans 12:2). “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”



Where do you choose to let your thoughts dwell? You are what you think. Let the desire of your heart be to depend not upon yourself, but on Christ alone. That is the work of the Holy Spirit within you. We have everything we need to live the Christian life in Him and what He chooses to provide. Our inner resource is God Himself—the Hoy Spirit. Let Him control your mind, your heart, and your actions will pleasing to God. 



(Rev 22:12) 

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.



Jesus died so we don’t have to and I am so glad He gave His life for me.



PRAYER …

Father in Heaven, as we look at Jesus Christ, something stirs in our hearts to tell us He’s not like everyone else. This is God’s son. And as He was baptized and hung on the Cross of Calvary, He did it to save us for the kingdom of Christ. We know He’s calling us, and today somebody may be struggling with that call. Give us the power and the wisdom today to say “yes” to Jesus. And may joy and gratitude follow Him, as both His brother and as His servant. Gracious father, we know where that path leads. It leads right into the kingdom of heaven. And I ask that you would bless those who are praying a prayer, accepting Jesus today. For I ask it in Jesus’ name, Amen.