The Apostle Paul wrote: “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh*” (Gal. 5:16) * Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. (Romans 6:19-211)
Now, that is easy enough to say, but how does one really do it? First, let me remind you, only born-again believers have the ability to walk in the spirit, so this article is for believers. If you are an unbeliever, stay tuned, this article is for you too.
In the new book by Kyle Idleman and available at Amazon, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus,** we find some of the answers we are looking for in our walk with Christ.
To become a follower who is filled with the Spirit* we are taught a ‘spiritual breathing’ exercise. *(and I am not talking about the baptism of the Holy Spirit where you are able to talk in tongues. All believers are filled with the Holy Spirit at our conversion (being born-again).
Here’s how it works: the moment you become aware of sin in your life you exhale. When you exhale, you breathe out and repent of your sin. Repentance becomes a natural response and clears out space in our hearts for the Spirit to fill us. So the moment you are prideful, jealous, lustful, harsh, selfish, or impatient, you exhale and repent of your sin.
The only way to be filled with the Spirit is to empty ourselves of ourselves. When we empty ourselves, it provides space for the Holy Spirit to fill us. You exhale and breathe out the clutter and darkness of YOU to make room to be filled with the Spirit. And slowly (probably painfully slowly), you will find that your pride, your impatience, your selfishness, your lust, etc., are removed.
And then… when you inhale, you breathe in and pray to be filled with the Spirit and you surrender control over to Him. As you practice this spiritual breathing it teaches you to keep in step with the Spirit. Followers live with a continual awareness of the Spirit’s presence and a constant prayer to be filled with His power.
For fans, this will seem unnatural at first, you were not taught to keep in step with the Spirit.
As you become more aware of His presence and pray daily for His power, what feels forced and unnatural now will become second nature. [note: the Spirit is a person, and that person is God]
Fans eventually get burned out from trying to live the Christian life out of their own efforts. If you are depending on your own strength to follow Christ you will soon find yourself drained and defeated. Jesus promised his followers that the Spirit would come on them in power.
Followers of Jesus understand that it’s a journey they were never to make alone. Instead we keep in step with the Spirit and He supernaturally gives us the strength and the power we need.
I hope this article has helped you. Now I go back to finish the book – not a fan.
My prayer for you is that your eyes will be opened as you seek the truth.
** If you purchase this book “Not A Fan” through this link I will receive a commission.
- How can a person ride on the wind of holy spirit (wiki.answers.com)
- You WILL BE DECEIVED, If You Put Experience Over The Plumbline Of Scripture! (whythechurchleftjesus.wordpress.com)
- The Afterwards Of The Life Of Power – Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers (gospelbondservant.com)