So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
Paul makes a striking statement to Galatian Jesus-followers about navigating desire. They won’t fall prey to ungodly desires if they walk by the Spirit. This is hugely different from telling them to resist with their own strength. What he means is, “stay in step with the Spirit of God” so God can produce his character in your life with patience, goodness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Staying in step with the Holy Spirit means knowing what God wants for us by studying, discussing and memorizing God’s Word (the Bible). Walking by the Spirit also includes interacting with other believers to worship, study/discuss his Word and serve. Not walking with the Spirit makes us vulnerable to the things Paul lists including sexual immorality, impurity, hatred, discord, jealousy, rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, envy, drunkenness and behaviors that go against what God wants for us.
Pastor Buer gives us the word picture of a train. The engine is the Power of God (Holy Spirit), and we are the cars attached to the engine. When the cars are attached to the engine correctly, it pulls them where it wants to go. Walking by the Spirit means staying connected to God’s power and allowing the Holy Spirit to pull us in the direction of God’s character. Watch this video clip as Pastor Buer explains where the Holy Spirit wants to take us.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Make walking by the Spirit a priority in your life so you can resist the desires that pull you away from him with his power. For more help on navigating desire, check out this video from Pastor Aaron Buer with Ada Bible’s Director of Congregational Care, Kelly Bonewell.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.