Walking in the Spirit
John 6:63 It is the spirit! (It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.)
Focus: the thought behind the behavior, not look at just the behavior, the spirit sees from the “word” point of view, God’s point of view, truth. Do not be condemned! Walking in the flesh is to be condemned.
Examples of when you walk in the spirit, you walk in truth verses walking in the flesh:
Matthew 26: (36-41) Verse 39: not as I will, but as thou wilt Verse 41: spirit willing, flesh is weak
There is vulnerability in the flesh. When you walk in the flesh, the flesh doesn’t want to fast, it wants to pay heed to its urges. The spirit always is in a state of willingness.
The Conflict is between the flesh and the spirit, there is a battle taking place, as to who will control your body and soul. Ephesians mentions we wrestle with principalities not against flesh and blood, the battles are not against other people, the battle is against our own! We each work out our own battle.
Galations 5:16-18 Walk in the spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh for flesh lusteth against the flesh, and these are contrary the one to the other, so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. The fleshly way of “thinking”, goes against the “word” of God.
People try to change behavior, can’t change behavior. In order to change behavior, you have to change thinking.
Walk in the spirit, think with the spirit, think in light, behavior will change!
Change root to behavior, change root to flesh, Change thinking to Walk in the Spirit!
“View yourself through God’s Eyes.”
Steps to walking in the Spirit
When you walk in the spirit behavior
- You must be aware of the conflict, otherwise you’ll walk in deception. Man is a spirit; body carries the flesh. Must understand the battle between spirit body and flesh body. The battle for control is between flesh and spirit for the body.
Know your conflict!
- Put first things first (Galations 5:16). Walk in the spirit first, not fulfill lust of the flesh (second). Did not say overcome the flesh 1st, said walk in the spirit FIRST! Can’t get flesh together 1st, must walk in spirit first!
Religion: Says stop sinning, you’ll walk in the spirit.
Scripture: Says get in spirit first to have power to overcome the flesh.
The WORD IS SPIRIT! Jesus says my word is life, word brings life.
Turn off lights. What can you do in the dark?
Devil not your problems, problem is to see from God’s perspective, problem is the way you see things, the way your thoughts are…
You Got to Walk in Spirit
When in pain…
When no money…
Walk in the Blood of Christ
John 2 (Mother of Jesus) Whatever he says do it. He transformed water to wine.
to see transformation
Note: Not sure if these notes were from a sermon on TV, or from a discourse, as I often took notes of spiritual discourses. Yet with all the scripture references, I am thinking this was from a sermon, but maybe not. Hmmm, either way the message conveys an important element on changing behavior, in that you cannot focus on changing a behavior, you must change your thought process to walk in the spirit, and the behavior change will then follow.