I have the wonderful privilege of sharing teaching responsibilities at Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, Texas with Dr. James Hennesy, father of the lead pastor, Jim Hennesy. The class we are privileged to teach is called “Truth Seekers.” The series I’ve been teaching the past several months I’ve entitled “Walking with God: A Life-Transforming Journey.” Today’s study addressed a very important aspect of “Walking with God” – “Walking in the Spirit!”
When I got up this morning and took my Bible to have “Coffee with the Lord” what a wonderful surprise to discover that one of the passages in the Bible reading plan I use was Galatians 5:16-26, a key passage addressing the subject of “walking in the Spirit!”
I’ve discovered that the Holy Spirit is a wonderful inner dynamic – no more than that, He is a wonderful indwelling Person – the Third Person of the Trintiy, who is very active within my life as a follower of Jesus! He does not have to be awakened, excited, or aroused! God sends Him to dwell within our lives as our Helper – God’s agent to work God’s will within us! We need to be sensitive and responsive to His presence. He prompts and “nudges” us to act, speak, behave, and serve in keeping with the redemptive purposes and will of God. (In fact, one of my favorite ways of thinking about His activity within my life is that I’m learning to live by “The Nudge.”) I must learn not to ignore Him, but instead be very sensitive and responsive to His presence in my life!
Here’s what Apostle Paul had to say about it in the passage I read this morning…
“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other… When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God! But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there! BUT SINCE WE ARE LIVING BY THE SPIRIT, LET US FOLLOW THE SPIRIT’S LEADING IN EVERY PART OF OUR LIVES!” (From Galatians 5:16-25 New Living Translation)
Oh, I want to live that way, don’t you? … All of life, sensitive and responsive to His presence within – His “nudge” in every dimension of my life! Not turning the adventure of the Christian life into a list of rules (legalism) or using my “freedom in Christ as an excuse for sinning” (following “the flesh”) but living all of life “according to the Spirit” (and for all of you Greek buffs out there that’s “kata Pneuma” – Romans 8:5-6)