As we continue to look at the many aspects of the Holy Spirit’s ministry associated with His filling us, we want to focus on walking by the Spirit. There is only one mention of this in the whole Bible. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
This is a command or what is called in grammar, an imperative. That means, it must be obeyed. Not only must it be obeyed, but the verb “walk” is in the present tense which means that we must do it all the time. As with “abiding in Christ” or being “filled with the Holy Spirit,” they are actions that should always occur in our lives. His complete control leaves no room for sin (flesh).
For three and a half years, the twelve disciples were always with him, except for some rare occasions. Just before the crucifixion, Jesus instructed them to “Abide in me, and I in you” (John 15:4). It was to be a continual way of life all the time for them and for us. Because the Holy Spirit is “another Helper” just like Jesus was to the disciples when He was with them, we are to consider the Spirit in the same way as if Jesus was still here walking with us physically.
As this becomes true of our daily walk with Jesus and the Spirit, we will not allow “the desires of the flesh” (sins) to come between us and Him. When we walk by the Spirit, He gives us the power to resist sin and Satan and gain the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57). Walking by the Spirit should be a normal characteristic of every believer – every disciple.
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