The Life of Faith
"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:25
Living in the Spirit gives us a fresh belief system, reassuring us that Jesus Christ is our Savior, when we die we will join Him in heaven and we are translated into His Spirit family (Colossians 1:12-13, John 3:6-7). Accepting Jesus as Savior is a free gift to receiving His grace; it cannot be earned nor is it deserved. Something supernatural happens inside of us and we become a different person when we are converted. This awareness is necessary because walking in the Spirit requires Him in us.
We cannot walk in the Spirit without the Spirit; He is our guiding force. After we receive Jesus Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us and empowers us with His strength (I John 4:13). The Holy Spirit guides us in all Truth, helps us in all things and is interested in every detail of our life (John 14:16-17, Hebrews 13:6). The filling of the Holy Spirit is a continuing process. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to live life more abundantly, to create and to become the complete expression of Jesus Christ; He is the breath of life.
Our body may remain on earth, but our spirit will ascend to heaven (I Corinthians 15:51-54). We may become comfortable, calling ourselves Christians and settle into life. However, there is a call to walk in the Spirit, requiring us to choose to live a life according to God's Word. Walking in the Spirit is obedience, action, pressing on and willingness for change. Walking in the Spirit requires Him in us. We as humans cannot walk in the Spirit without the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit requires faith that reveals we can be what we can't be on our own. Only by the Holy Spirit can we call Jesus Lord (I Corinthians 12:3).
The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every person to profit. The Spirit overrides the law of faith and gives us more of what He is... increased love; increased joy; increased faith. Walking in the Spirit is recognizing He is our helper to experience abundance on earth and life everlasting (Galatians 6:8). We sense His presence and His promptings which make all things possible.
For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance (His presence)." (Acts 2: 25, 26, 28). David understood the Scriptural fact that God is with him always.
The Process and Practice of Walking in Faith
1. Herod vexed believers in Christ (Acts 12:1). Vexed is to cause trouble, annoyance, torment. It is the devil attempting to rob, destroy and kill (John 10:10). When we are walking in the Spirit, we do not try to escape from life's vexing, rather we look at circumstances differently and see them as an opportunity for learning. We look for what good will come out of it (Romans 8:28). Believers in Christ are strengthened by vexing, do not complain about it or try to escape it. Vexing causes us to rely on God for restoration. In the Holy Spirit, fear is not real. "Be anxious for nothing..." (Philippians 4:6). Tribulation is another word for life... there is always something.
Only lack of understanding about walking in the Spirit can hurt us, annoy us or anger us. Lord Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit in me, nothing can hurt me by any means (Luke 10:19). I choose to respond in faith that works by love. When we choose an attitude of responding in faith that works by love, it releases God's undeveloped good to come into our life. Reacting as a human in fear, hurt or anger blocks that good. Life is not hard when we are walking in the Spirit.
2. Peter was put in prison and chained between two guards (Acts 12:3). Although Peter was being vexed, he wasn't aware of it. Notice he was asleep with his shoes off, indicating a peaceful, calm state. We are tempted to indulge in self-pity when we are vexed. But, when we are walking in the Spirit, we choose to respond to circumstances with praise and thanksgiving (I Thessalonians 5:18). With practice, this response becomes automatic.
3. The difference in Peter's situation was prayer (Acts 12:5). Because of unceasing faith prayers, God's good came to Peter. What looks like the wrong place is actually the right place with the right attitude. What was meant for evil, God turned to good (Genesis 50:20). By the Holy Spirit, I call this day, this event, God's great miracle. I receive my sufficiency for all things NOW (II Corinthians 9:8). I receive with thanksgiving and praise. Amen.
In Acts 12:5, the church of God was not used to the 'NOW' answers to prayers. They were praying and were surprised when a prayer was answered very quickly. There is a level of faith expectation in the Holy Spirit where we develop a 'NOW' attitude. It is how we believe that it is done unto us. Let us raise the level of our expectation and get used to it! Circumstances change when we pray because God answers prayer. Lord Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit released in me, my expectations are raised to believe. Jesus said, "Didn't I tell you, that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God (results)?" (John 11:40). Thank you, Lord, that all things are possible!