The Bible Instructions
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 4:16).
God has given us a choice to either submit ourselves to His instructions or follow our desires. Professing Christians sometimes would rather do it their way than God’s way.
God has given His people His written Word to live by and the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower them to live according to His instructions. No one can live a godly lifestyle without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. This is why it is so important for believers to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is a gift that God gives to those that has accepted salvation. When salvation is accepted, there will be a change in the person’s heart not to have a desire for things in the world. Jesus will come and live in the person’s heart (Behold, I stand at the door, and knock, if any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with Me – Revelation 3:20). There is no way one can accept salvation and stay the same.
The Bible says the person is a new creation (Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [creation]: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new – 2nd Corinthians 5:17). If one is still doing what they were doing before accepting salvation, most likely they have not accepted salvation from the heart. They receive guilt or an emotional salvation, or they are just carnal Christians, which is spiritually dangerous.
When salvation is accepted from the heart, the person becomes a work in progress. No one has to tell them they’re saved. They know from within themselves a spiritual change has occurred. In order to grow spiritually, one must invest in their new life. We invest in ourselves to get a higher education, homes, cars, and a nice bank account, so why not invest in something that will lead you into eternity with the Father?
Invest by scheduling a time to pray, time to read or study the Word of God. Attending Bible Study and Sunday School. You only receive what you invest in. Set aside a day you will consecrate yourself before the Lord by fasting.
You have to make a choice that you will no longer listen to secular music or watch movies or programs that go against the Word of God. These are things you will not do because you will have an unction in your spirit; this is something the Lord will not want you to participate in.
Everything we shouldn’t do as Christians is not listed in the Bible, but the Holy Spirit will let you know what is acceptable and what is not acceptable as a Christian. The Holy Spirit will enable us to know if what we’re doing is acceptable to God (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 Romans 12:2). If we’re led by the Spirit, we will live a lifestyle that is pleasing to God.
Those that the Spirit leads are sons of God, including females as well (For as many are guided by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God -Roman 8:24. Led indicates being submissive to the Spirit of God. Walking in the Spirit is living by the Spirit, which suggests that Christians have given themselves entirely to God so that He may show Himself through that individual to be an example of Christ.
Jesus is the Son of God who came to take on the world’s sins for humanity to be reconciled to God and union with Him. Jesus didn’t die for us to continue to practice sin. What you may think is not sin, most likely is sin (For My thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord Isaiah 55:8). The Holy Spirit will prompt us if we’re doing something that is not acceptable to God if we allow Him.
That’s the problem; many will get a prompting, and they will ignore it. The Holy Spirit is not going to make you do anything you don’t want to do. But He will enable you to do what you desire to do that is right in the eyes of God.
One of the many reasons the children of Israel were led in captivity by their enemies is because they always wanted to be like other nations, serving other gods and living according to their will. Neither nationality nor culture gives the individual the right to live opposite God’s instructions if they profess to be Christians or followers of Christ.
Christians are to live with the assistance of the Holy Spirit directing them in everyday life. Christians must yield to the Spirit, submitting their desires to those of the Spirit. Christians who live by the Spirit will not fulfill or carry out the wishes of the flesh. Lust is an intense desire; the flesh is our sinful nature. Lust can be anything from sexual impurity to over-eating. To walk in the Spirit is to live by the Spirit of God in submission to His directions in all areas of our life.
God knew we couldn’t live according to His Word through our strength, so He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to assist us. Accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour gives us Grace, which means favor with God through Jesus Christ. Many have taken Grace as the excuse to sin, but Grace is provided to assist the individual to resist sin.
Walking in the Spirit means the Spirit’s Fruit is manifested in the individual’s life daily: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Fruit is the attribute of our Father and our Savior. A daily check of our behavior and comparing it to the Fruit of the Spirit will let us know where we need to grow spiritually. If one desires to live a pleasing life to God, all one has to do is ask the Father for help; He will empower those who want to live according to His written instructions.
The problem is many want to serve God on Sunday and Monday through Saturday; they want to live according to their desires and passions. Every day is a day professing Christians should live according to the Word of God; our strength to do this is through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
No one knows the day Jesus will return, so we must live every day as though He might appear as quickly as an eye can blink. If we follow the instructions the Bible gives, we will live a life that will be pleasing to the Father.