At certain times, God lays a message on a pastor’s heart to share with their congregation. Last Sunday’s message, ‘What does it mean to walk in step with the Spirit?’ was one of those.
Today, I want to give you the three points I shared for you to reflect on.
Acts 2 is the beginning of where we hear about the Holy Spirit falling upon the disciples. It was this Holy Spirit that empowered them to be bold and courageous to share the good news of Jesus to all they meet. We are a product of them being lead by the Spirit to do this.
Walking in step with the Holy Spirit begins with being ‘born again’ and accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour. It is out of this that we can walk in step with the Spirit.
1. Walking in step with the Holy Spirit is not a moment or experience but is every second of every day.
John Piper says walking by the Spirit is, “We live our lives from the time we get up in the morning to the time we go to bed enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit enables us to walk in step with him, but we have to be prepared to go with God’s schedule, not our own.
When we walk in step with the Holy Spirit, we do not lead the Spirit - the Spirit leads us.
2. Walking in step with the Holy Spirit means that we reject the desires of the flesh and we welcome the desires produced by the Holy Spirit.
John Piper says, “Walking by the spirit means that the desires produced by the Spirit are stronger than the desires produced by the flesh… If we are walking in the Spirit then we want to obey God”
There will always be temptation to follow our own desires of the flesh and reject God but when we walk in step with the Spirit we are making a conscious choice to follow the Spirit every time. We don’t want to follow the desires of our flesh. (More info can be found in Galatians 5:16–26)
3. Walking in step with the Holy Spirit means being willing to change and to be transformed.
You cannot walk in step with the Spirit if you want to stay the same.
As followers of Jesus we are constantly being shaped to become more like Christ as this is God’s desire for us. Obeying and being led by the Holy Spirit is part of this process.
Would you say that you are walking in the Spirit?
Ps Neil Milton
Posted on Mon, May 23, 2016
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