“Living in the Spirit” is not an exciting little detour from the main pathway of our Christian faith. It is not a religious hobby or an optional extra for the diversion of the mystically inclined. Living in the Spirit is the authentic, Biblical way of living the Christian life. It is the New Testament concept of the Christian style of life that God wants all His people to follow. Its roots are firmly planted in the soil of God’s Word. It is as historic as the Apostles themselves and as authentic to Christianity as they are.
Religion or Relationship?
Many people who profess to be “Christians” actually have a religion rather than a relationship with Christ. Paul mentions such people. Their “religion” is often humanistic philosophy with a thin outer layer of “Christianese.” 2 Timothy 3:5
Religion is a humanistic philosophy of rules, regulations and activities by which man seeks to please a superior divine being. The origin of the word is from the Latin re-ligure, i.e. to tie back to. In contrast, a relationship between two persons or groups is the positive way they connect, think, feel and act towards each other. It is the inter-personal communication that binds them together in a common desire.
Christianity is not merely an intellectual belief system. It is an ongoing spiritual encounter with another being and the presence of that being inside the person. This article addresses itself to some of the basic principles of our life in the Spirit. It is dedicated to those who are seeking to take their initial steps in this neglected area of the Christian life. For too many Christians their faith has been reduced to an applied philosophy of religious principles, – a system of ethics. So these chapters are written with the earnest prayer that the issues discussed will be an encouragement to you, increasing your desire and determination to follow the Biblical injunction to “walk in the Spirit.”
To walk in the Spirit, we must cast off the old man. That is the old, carnal way of thinking and be renewed in the spirit of our mind.
20 But you have not so learned Christ,
21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 4
22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. NKJV
Like so many other things, it is an art to be learned, and the only way to learn is by putting the principles into practice and learning by experience. Possibly, you will make some mistakes. Stay humble, confess your error to the Lord, experience His forgiveness and restoration. He will help you to adjust your walk and encourage you to further endeavors as you seek to faithfully follow His Spirit.
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