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Hi, I'm Kevin.
And I'm Stacey. We're your hosts for discussing the important topic of "how to walk in the Spirit."
These are based on what are called transferable concepts written by Dr. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Int'l. Throughout many years of ministry, Dr. Bright and his staff discovered that a lot of believers are living spiritually defeated lives. They feel powerless and unproductive in their Christian experience.
But the truth is, Christ offers us a vibrant life full of purpose and adventure if we walk daily in the power of the Holy Spirit. He said: "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it." (John 14:12-14, NIV)
To do God's will, I believe, takes "walking in the Spirit.
It's difficult to maintain a relationship with God if you don't walk in the Spirit because it's so easy for us to think that we can handle things on our own.
That brings Him happiness and brings Him glory, when He sees His people walking in the manner that reflects himself.
"Walking in the Spirit" is walking in communion with God, in fellowship with Him.
Four key principles help believers experience an intimate, fruitful, daily walk with Jesus through the power of His Holy Spirit.
Number 1. Be sure you are filled with the Holy Spirit
Number 2. Be prepared for spiritual conflict
Number 3. Know your resources as a child of God
Number 4. Live by faith
First, be sure you are filled with the Holy Spirit. As you walk in the Spirit by faith and practice Spiritual Breathing, you need never again live in spiritual defeat. Spiritual Breathing, like physical breathing, is a process of exhaling the impure and inhaling the pure.
If you sin by committing a deliberate act of disobedience, breathe spiritually. First, exhale by confession. God's Word promises in 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." (1 John 1:9, NLT2)
Second, inhale by appropriating the fullness of God's Spirit by faith. To be sure you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you need to remember two important words: command and promise.
The command found in Ephesians 5:18 is "Be filled with the Holy Spirit." (Ephesians 5:18, NLT2). Being filled with the Spirit means to be constantly and continually controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
And the promise found in 1 John 5:14,15 is "We are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for." (1 John 5:14,15, NLT2)
On the authority of God's command, you know that you are praying according to His will when you ask Him to fill you-to control and empower you. Therefore, you can expect Him to fill and empower you on the basis of His command and promise, provided that you genuinely desire to be filled and trust Him to fill you.
If you are breathing spiritually-exhaling by confessing your sin, and inhaling by appropriating the fullness of the Holy Spirit by faith-you are a Spirit-filled Christian.
Remember that the Holy Spirit already dwells within you if you are a believer. You do not have to ask Him to come into your life; He is already indwelling you. Your body is a temple of God from the moment you became a Christian. So you simply say to Him, "I surrender my life to You, and by faith I claim Your fullness and power."
I am not suggesting that the Christian who walks in the fullness of the Spirit will have no difficulties. But when problems do come, the spiritual person can face them with a calm, confident attitude because he is aware of God's resources. They are available to help him deal with adversity.
Let me caution you not to depend upon feelings. The unchanging promises of God's Word, not your feelings, are your authority. The Christian is to live by faith, trusting in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.
To summarize, then, you can know that you are filled with the Holy Spirit by trusting in God-His command and His promise-and you can go through life with that assurance.