Dwight Fletcher | How to walk in the Spirit
Last week, we answered the question ‘What is life in the Spirit?’ by looking at the Scriptures. Today, we will discuss how to walk that out in practical ways.
1. READING AND MEDITATING ON GOD’S WORD, THE BIBLE:
Jesus said: “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” John 6:63 (NIV). As we meditate on God’s Word, we are changed. It feeds our spirit, and we come more into alignment with Him. Joshua 1:8 (NIV) says: “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
So, as we read and mediate on His Word, our relationship grows with the Holy Spirit and we will start seeing things differently and hearing from God more clearly. We will make better decisions; growing in wisdom and understanding and prospering in our relationship with Him. “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.” Psalm 19:7-8 (NIV).
The Holy Spirit takes the Word we read and teaches us “… the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things … .” John 14:26 (NIV). “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth ...” John 16:13 (NIV). Therefore, because it is so important, we need to be disciplined about it. Set aside times to meditate on His Word; to read and study it. Challenge yourself to read the entire book over time.
2. CONVERSING WITH GOD:
More and more, the Psalms are becoming my benchmark for prayer. When we read the Psalms, we notice that the writers communicate with God through worship, praise, requests, inquiries, confession and pouring out their hearts. When we read them, David and the other writers are not using special words or language. They are just being ordinary men who are conversing with God.
One thing to note about them is the transparency of the prayers. They are honest and open about what is happening in their lives, their appreciation for who God is, their needs and wants, their failures and their reliance on Him. It is evident that they expected God to talk back to them. It is an expression of surrender to Him.
These activities must be done with faith. We approach them not as a mechanical exercise, but as a relationship building one.
We should expect God to respond to us. He is always instructing us, always leading and, every now and then, He speaks to us by making biblical narrative directly applicable to our life situations. His ears are attentive to our prayers. However, we must not always expect to hear a ‘positive’ answer. When we get a response we don’t like, we have to thank Him for His goodness all the same, because He is working out all things for our good. God is alive and active and still participating in the affairs of man.
So we have discussed two practical ways that we can begin to walk in the Spirit and build our relationship with God. Next week, we will complete this series by looking at other ways that we can throw off legalism and walk in God’s freedom.