1. IN GOD’S
SPIRIT – Gal 5:16-17; Rom 7:18: These verses remind us that
unless we walk in the Spirit, we will not do God’s will. No good thing
dwells in our flesh. And the desires of the Spirit and of our flesh are
hostile to each other. When we are in the flesh, we are foolishly
wasting time. Here are some steps toward walking in God’s Spirit.
a. Ask God to
search your heart and lead you in His way. Ps 139:23-24
i. Verses 1-4
reveal just how intricate, precise and complete God’s knowledge is of
our inner soul, [“deep under our outer skin”]. We need to have the
courage to allow God to show us our true inner person. God will be good
and kind. He will show us both the good and the bad. He will both
commend and convict.
will allow God to build our morale. Nothing compares to allowing God to
build us up with Him love, encouragement and comfort.
iii. But God will
also reveal areas in our inner person [“hurtful ways”] that grieve Him.
In some cases this convicting exposure will produce great godly sorrow
and almost make us “sick to our stomachs”. But if we are to grow, we
must let God show us our spiritual immaturity, sin, rebellion, etc.
until we are moved to depend on God’s power, until we are in the Spirit
hungering and thirsting after righteousness so that He might satisfy our
desire to be led by His Spirit into true spiritual change –into God’s
Keep confessing and
repenting of all known sin. I John 1:9
Be surrendered to God’s
will. Rom 12:1-2
d. Be filled with
God’s Spirit/be filled with His Word. To be filled with God’s Spirit is
driven, empowered, propelled propelled and under the control of
the Holy Spirit. Compare
Eph 5:18 and Col 3:16. If you
compare the larger passages in which these two verses are
will see the tight interrelationship between the filling of God’s Spirit
and the rich
indwelling of God’s Word.
DEPENDENCE ON GOD – Prov 3:5-6: Here the Lord promises that
our paths will be straight if we walk in faith. We are urged to trust in
the Lord with all our hearts and acknowledge Him in all our ways.
Practically speaking, this means that we need to ask God for direction.
When you wake up each morning, Come to Him and ask Him to guide you that
specific day. As you go through the day, lean on the Lord moment by
moment. Sprinkle prayer throughout your morning, afternoon and evening,
asking for ongoing direction. Use good common sense. But lean on His
power to Guide you rather than relying upon your own personal judgment
3. 3. IN GOD’S WISDOM – Eph
5:15-17: The Apostle Paul reminds us here that the days are evil.
Therefore we need to be careful how we walk. We are to redeem the
time. This New Year, let us be extremely cautious so that the important
things in life get done. Determine the non-negotiables and don’t
compromise! Things like prayer, feeding on God’s Word, family
devotionals must be put on the top of the priority list. We need to put
first things first.
4. IN GOD’S STEADFASTNESS – 1 Cor
15:58: Given our ugly sin, how can we be steadfast?
a. By faith we must trust that God’s
steadfastness dwells within us. Col 1:11 indicates steadfastness is a
product of God’s indwelling might.
We need to abide [to
remain constantly in a state of clinging to Christ, depending on His
life within us] as “branches” in the “vine”, so that the “sap” of the
vine, Christ’s strength, vitality and freshness, is energizing our
souls, [John 15:5].
We need to get back up
every time we fall down [Prov 24:16 24:16 with perseverance getting up
every time we fall] because we love God [James 1:12], and because Christ
is stronger than our sin, the powers of darkness, and the influences of
the world, [1 John 4:5; Eph 6:10].
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