Walking By The Spirit

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1 Corinthians 2:10-12

10 Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God.

These verses are very clear that the only one who can teach you about God is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows the depths of God which the word “depths” in Greek means “fullness”, in other words, the Holy Spirit fully knows God. Who would you prefer to learn from? Dead theologians or the Living Spirit of God who lives inside of you? I think we know the answer to that, the Holy Spirit. Only a true Christian will choose to learn from God’s Spirit rather than men.

Verse 11 shows that God’s Spirit knows His mind meaning God’s full will and desire. By being directed by the Spirit He will reveal God’s Word to you and enable you to live a life that pleases Him.

How does a Christian live in righteousness? By walking in the Spirit. The only way we can overcome the lust of the flesh if we allow, the Spirit to direct us as seen in Galatians 5: 16-17 which says, 16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want.

The question remains, how does walking by Spirit of God look like? When we are reading the scriptures and we are in prayer the Holy Spirit will open up our minds to understand the Bible and strengthen us to live what we have read. He will keep us from being deceived and will transform us into the likeness of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Encourages All to Come To Him For He Is The Only Way To Salvation

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Romans 3:21-26

21 But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed—attested by the Law and the Prophets 22 —that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. 26 God presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.

How does one get saved? Why did Jesus have to die for our sins? Why can’t our works be good enough to make it into heaven? These questions will be answered through verse by verse exposition on Romans 3:21-26.

21 But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed—attested by the Law and the Prophets

The Law could not and did not reveal the righteousness of God that we see in Jesus Christ. The Law was to show us how short we fall to God’s standards and cannot acquit us of our shortcomings. The Law and the prophets pointed to the Messiah’s sacrifice through the sacrificial system of animals.

22 —that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.

God’s righteousness is obtained through Jesus’ merit not ours. He lived a sinless life by obeying God’s commands (the Law). When one puts their faith in Jesus, His righteousness gets added to our account.

23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

We are born in sin and are guilty even in our mother’s womb. We are dirty rags and dirty rags just make things dirtier.

24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

We are considered righteous through Jesus’ favor (something we didn’t deserve) in which He took our punishment upon Himself. Jesus didn’t have to die for us but His love for us compelled Him.

25 God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.

Propitiation is something that satisfies God’s wrath. God in His justice has to punish sin. Jesus presented Himself as our sacrifice and took the wrath of God so we don’t have to. All the saints that lived before Christ, their sins were also added on the cross.

26 God presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.

God’s righteousness is demonstrated in His justice of condemning and punishing sin through His son Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Whoever places their trust in Jesus and believe that He died for us and rose from the grave will have eternal life.

Self sufficency equals defeat

1 Samuel 17:38-40
38 Then Saul had his own military clothes put on David. He put a bronze helmet on David’s head and had him put on armor. 39 David strapped his sword on over the military clothes and tried to walk, but he was not used to them. “I can’t walk in these,” David said to Saul, “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off. 40 Instead, he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the wadi and put them in the pouch, in his shepherd’s bag. Then, with his sling in his hand, he approached the Philistine.

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David tried to fight Goliath with Saul’s armor but when he tried to walk and move he knew that there was no way he was going to win with that. When we as Christians try to put on human armor relying on our own sufficiency, it won’t feel right in our Christian walk. That’s because no battle can be won through human effort but only by the Lord’s strength. David knew what it felt like putting on the full armor of God as stated in 1 Samuel 17:34-36 34 David answered Saul: “Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it down, and rescued the lamb from its mouth. If it reared up against me, I would grab it by its fur, strike it down, and kill it. 36 Your servant has killed lions and bears; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.”.

In times of distress in your life, remember all those times that God has rescued you from your lion and bear that the enemy sent in your direction to destroy you but God was your armor and strength. When the enemy attacks, take note at the type of imagery described in the Bible about the enemy, mainly using predatory animals. You can see that the enemy we fight is stronger than we are that’s why it is very important to always of the full of armor of God on and that is done by reading the Bible daily and praying. When you do that, you will be walking in God’s will with His protection but if we neglect doing that, we can easily fall into sin and be out of God’s will, susceptible to any spiritual attack.

Why did he only take with him 5 smooth stones and a sling? That’s because he wanted to make it very obvious it wasn’t by his human strength that he was going to defeat Goliath but by God’s mighty right hand that brought Goliath to the ground. Satan can come at us with all types of weapons with his strength to destroy us but like this verse says 1 John 4:4 “You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Never fight your battles on your own but continue to trust in the Lord even though at times we doubt. Bring that doubt to the Lord and ask for forgiveness to strengthen your trust in Him and He will.

Would you trust Jesus to provide for you when it seems impossible?

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John 6:5-11

5 Therefore, when Jesus looked up and noticed a huge crowd coming toward Him, He asked Philip, “Where will we buy bread so these people can eat?” 6 He asked this to test him, for He Himself knew what He was going to do. 7 Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn’t be enough for each of them to have a little.” 8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish—but what are they for so many?” 10 Then Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, so they sat down. The men numbered about 5,000. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks He distributed them to those who were seated—so also with the fish, as much as they wanted.

When you find yourself with the impending depletion of your basic needs, do not worry for He is testing you. Jesus is about to do something in your life that in the eyes of this world is impossible so that God may receive all the glory through your testimony. Your testimony will show that the Lord you serve is the True Living God and He helps those who are His and through that, He will bring people to Himself. A denarius was a day’s wage and not even 200 of that would have fed 5000 men. Jesus’ power has no limit and with 5 loaves and 2 fish, He revealed His true nature which is God. Jesus loves you and wants for you to learn not to worry but to know that He will never leave you nor forsake you. If you find yourself in this situation, continue to be faithful to the Lord, by reading His Word, doing what it says and giving Him thanks because He is a God that loves you and will see you through it.