Walking in the Spirit

Wade E Taylor

"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:25

To "live in the Spirit" is a state of being in which we have yielded the totality of all that we are and have to divine control, so Jesus lives His life through us as a present day witness. This requires our living on a high plain of integrity in order to maintain the necessary spiritual sensitivity and grace for obedience.

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me." Galatians 2:20a

"I live; yet not I." To "walk in the Spirit" is to live and function in every aspect of our life experience in total yieldedness and willing obedience to the will and purpose of our Lord for us.

As we walk with the poise of our spirit toward the Lord, the sense of His abiding presence and peace will confirm that we are walking in the center of His will. "If we are living by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us be guided" (Galatians 5:25 BBE). Now, we are both living and walking in the Spirit.

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts." Colossians 3:15a

The word "rule" means to judge, or arbitrate. Should we take a misstep, a voice of correction (Holy Spirit conviction) will speak to us, saying:

"And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left." Isaiah 30:21

All who desire the Lord's best should seek to live a committed, "Holy Spirit led life." To do so means that we have died to our own ways, and have given to the Lord the unconditional right to choose "for" us. Only then can He guide our steps by either a confirming or checking witness.

We are to walk as Jesus would walk - under His headship. This necessitates an unquestioning submission to the governmental rule of His kingdom. In His first coming, Jesus functioned through a single body. In His second coming, He will again do all that He did, except through a corporate body.

"Your kingdom come. Your will be done in (our) earth, as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10

This ability to "walk" in the Spirit, in which His will is being accomplished in our earthen vessel (our daily life experience), requires that we have a basic understanding of the laws that govern a Spirit-led life. These "spiritual laws" are set before us by the Lord in progressive order in the Sermon on the Mount, which reveals the requirements of our living an overcoming life.

These principles deal not so much with externals, but primarily with the motives of our heart that which underlies, or causes what we do or say.

"And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came to Him: And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:1-3

Being "poor in spirit" means that we have come to the end of our self-life, and in an attitude of submissive dependence, we are being led by the Spirit (theirs is the kingdom of heaven). As we spend quality time in His presence, we will be "lifted" into the realm of the spirit and "enabled" to walk with Him in the outworking of His will and purpose.

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4

We cannot help but mourn, as we have this treasure in an earthen vessel. The Lord understands that it is not convenient or easy for us to give up our own ways in submission to His will and purpose for us. We will be comforted by Him as we take up our cross and die to all that we desire, apart from His will and purpose for us.

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5

Our being "meek" is not living in a state of weakness, but rather one in which the strength of our self-will has been broken, and the attributes of the divine nature are evident. We are "walking in the spirit" in total yieldedness and Spirit led obedience.

"The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakens morning by morning, He wakens my ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back." Isaiah 50:4-5

The purpose of our being "awakened" (spiritually, as we spend time in His presence) by the Lord, morning by morning, is to provide us with the opportunity to spend quality time in His presence. As we "respond" (I was not rebellious), and "wait" upon Him, we develop both our sensitivity to the Spirit, and our spirituality. Then, as we "walk" in the Spirit, the Lord will lead us to the right person, to express the right word at the right time.

"Come, My beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth." Song of Solomon 7:11-12a

"Come let us go forth." We cannot go, unless we have first come. Our Lord's desire is that we minister in a cooperative relationship with Him. When we come short of this, or we fail to respond to His prompting, He will "chasten" us in order to bring a correction. This will result in our being better able to hear and respond to His voice, when He knocks on the door of our spirit.

"To the victor will I give the privilege of sitting down beside Me on My throne, as I also have won the victory and have sat down beside My Father on His throne." Revelation 3:21 Weymouth

There is a price that must be paid, if we are to come into His best.

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14

We cannot "overcome" unless there is something to overcome. The reward for putting the Lord first is a "prize" that is beyond comparison His approbation (divine favor) resting upon us, in all that we are and do.

"Jesus answered and said to him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him." John 14:23

As we abide in His "manifest presence," we will be enabled to "walk in the Spirit" with Him. This involves dedication, and the sacrificial giving of ourselves. These are the marks of our having the "measure" of spiritual maturity that will enable us to function in the realms of the kingdom. The schoolmaster for this "processing" is our Heavenly Father. The teacher is the Holy Spirit.

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10

The word "should" in the above Scripture tells us that our entering this "School of the Holy Spirit" is conditional. We must specifically enroll ourselves in this school of training and preparation, if we are to receive its benefits. The Registrar is always available.

To "walk in the Spirit" is to walk one step at a time, acknowledging our Lord's presence and headship in each step that we take. Our own thoughts and ways must be set aside in order to follow Him. He is the Christ, the Anointed of the Lord. Therefore, the natural man cannot come this way, for he cannot discern the presence, nor receive the anointing to bring us into this higher realm, for this is a function of the Spirit, not of the mind.

The children of Israel were to abide under the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day. They were to move only when the pillar of fire, or the cloud moved. The purpose of this discipline was to teach them the importance of being "led by His Spirit." Had they learned and obeyed, Israel would have won one victory after another in possessing the land, and would have become the witness and forerunner of the Theocratic Kingdom that the Lord seeks to establish in the earth.

The Lord greatly desires to introduce us to "His kingdom" through a Spirit-led life and walk. He cannot allow us to have a part in this higher governmental realm of His kingdom until we have individually, unconditionally, submitted our lives to be governed by Him, and have in some measure, learned how to "walk in the Spirit."

The kingdom of God is a realm in which there is much activity, but where everything moves in divine order and purpose. A baby walks falteringly for a few steps and falls; his direction is arbitrary and casual. A child walks for his own enjoyment and amusement. A young man walks to attain his goals and fulfill his visions. A father walks to please and satisfy the needs of his family. He has a higher purpose than his own satisfaction.

"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints." Ephesians 1:18

There is much that is available to us - which we have yet to appropriate, as we have a tendency to settle for less than His adequate provision. Our Lord is challenging us to move upward and onward. The present feeling of spiritual dissatisfaction by many within the Body of Christ is His prodding. These "stirrings" within us are His means to bring us "higher."

"Brethren, I do not imagine that I have yet laid hold of it. But this one thing I do forgetting everything which is past, and stretching forward to what lies in front of me, with my eyes fixed on the goal I push on to secure the prize of God's heavenward call in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14 Weymouth

"I push on to secure the prize." The kingdom of God is the goal.

"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the Spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne." Revelation 4:1-2

For us to "walk in the Spirit" is to become subject to the guidance that comes from the "throne" in His kingdom. During this time of transition from the Church into the Kingdom, a remnant is being called to "come up" into a higher realm of identification with our Lord, in His throne.

May we, as overcomers, rise above every desire to do as we please, and begin living a Spirit-led life.