I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
~ The Book Of Galatians 7:16-26 ~
Who is the very first person you can think of that walked with God? I’d say Enoch. I always think of him first because I could say he must have had the best walk with God. Why? Because he did not die but was translated. “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:21-24). “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found, because God had taken him’, for before he was taken he had his testimony, that pleased God.” (Hebrews 11:5). God took Enoch because he walked with the Spirit of God.
Then there was Elijah and all the Godly men in the Bible and of course His Son, Jesus Christ. Walking in the Spirit may not seem easy but because of these men we know it is possible. Definitely it is hard, but it is possible. These men were mere mortals just like you and me. And even Jesus was a man when he was on Earth. God sent His Son to be our example of walking with Him, of walking in the Spirit.
Walking in the Spirit is a way of life just like Christianity is a way of life. It’s not about the occasional walk or when-I-am-in-the-mood walk. It is a moment by moment daily experience which we should incorporate in our lives. Walking in the Spirit is surely not a “walk in the park” in the first, second or even third try. But it will be as long as we are walking with Jesus. As long as we have this faith that burns within our heart, faith in God’s promises, faith that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.
For with God all things are possible. In Him we are more than conquerors. Adam sinned, Noah, Abraham, Moses and David also sinned. All the great men and women in the Bible sinned for we are all sinners. But God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have life everlasting. And Jesus overcame. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
And then Jesus went away to go to the Father so the Helper will come. “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:5-7)
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority; but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13,14)
We can walk according to the Spirit for as Paul said in Corinthians ten chapter 13, no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man. But God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you’re able, but with the temptation He will also make a way of escape that you may be able to bear it. This is comforting. We have to always believe that we have a choice to escape temptation. We can choose freely to do the right thing. Because think about this, whenever we sin, we are making a choice. And God is always saying, “You can make the best choice, you are able to make the best decision as long as you are connected with Me.”