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How to walk in the Spirit-4

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

Set your mind on things above Colossians 3:1-2

Sometimes we need to get our problems out from under the microscope and gaze into the observatory of God’s creation. This will help us keep a sense of perspective about our difficulties and problems.

James says that ‘We must be both hearers and doers of God’s word.’ We must put the word of God in practice in our day to day lives. We have been made alive in the Spirit and so we must walk in the Spirit. This means that every day we must remember what God had said about us rather than what our circumstances say about us.

Remember when Jesus told Peter to step off the boat and walk on the water to him. When Peter looked at the circumstances, he began to sink yet when he walked on Jesus’ word he began to walk on the water. Jesus of course caught Peter and that what he will do for you when you step out on faith on the word Jesus has given you. Amen.

Returning now to our keynote scripture, the word ‘walk’ [1] in Galatians 5:16 means to walk around i.e. walk around in the Spirit e.g. he walks around if he owns the joint! Walk around in this verse means that you are putting into practice what you believe in your heart and are convinced about in your mind.

So in other words we need to be convinced of the spiritual realities that Jesus has achieved for us. Jesus tells us that we are more than conquerors so why do we end up giving in so easily? And so often?

Believers who walk around only in the natural flesh tend to be defeated in their lives and can often become grumpy and unhappy. Believers who walk around in the Spirit usually walk around in victory and uplift our brothers and sisters.

Let us put off the deeds of the flesh. Amen

Last passage of scripture

Colossians 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Set your minds on things above-learn them – and believe them. We find them conveniently in Colossians chapter 3.

Here are some examples of setting your mind above:

Put to death the earthly (Col 3:5-8)

Put on the new man (Col 3:11)

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts (Col 3:15)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly (Col 3:16)

Give thanks to God (Col 3:17).

Summary If we want to have victory in our daily life, we need to walk in the Spirit. this includes

Practicing all the regular spiritual disciplines including chewing the cud (meditating on the Word).

Being continually aware of the Lord and Practice the presence of God-draw near to him-develop a lifestyle of inviting him into your life.

Be aware of your heavenly position as you walk on earth and consider the spiritual realm just as real as the natural realm.

Set your minds on the things above.

Amen and Personal Prayer

[1] Greek peripateo

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