This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.– Galatians 5:16
These words from the apostle Paul sound easy enough to follow, “…Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Unfortunately, that is not the case for the vast majority of people! Oh, there are plenty who will empathically declare that they are “walking in the Spirit and on fire for the Lord!” They will testify of their good works in the church and the community; they will quote scripture from memory; they will tell you of all their spiritual accomplishments; and they will love giving spiritual counsel and advice to most folks that cross their path. At times it will seem that their very mission is to convince others of their personal piety rather than of the glories of the LORD.
Perhaps we can identify with this type of person to some degree? To deny it would only serve to prove even more how closely kin we are to these imaginary “Walkers in the Spirit!” Whenever we hear ourselves, or someone else, pointing the finger back to their person we can rest assured that it is not the Spirit of God we are walking with but, rather, the lust of our flesh. Really? We will strongly question such a bold statement! We love the Lord, we love our church, we love to share the gospel, therefore, how could I even suggest that we are not walking in the Spirit of God but, instead, are merely serving our flesh?
The true proof of my assertion will be found in our fruit and testimony! The Holy scriptures declare that the Holy Spirit does not testify of himself, does not boast about His own abilities, achievements, and/or works (John 16:13). Instead, the Holy Spirit always points us to Jesus Christ! The Holy Spirit gives glory to the LORD of Lords, the King of Kings! Just as Jesus gave glory to and testified of His Father in Heaven when walking among us in the flesh! Blessed are the meek and lowly in spirit! Blessed are the humble! Let us discern the true motives of the heart- ours included!
Perhaps it is true that we have done great and mighty works for the Lord; that we have cast out devils in His name; and in His name healed the sick! What do we say about that? Shouldn’t the only thing coming from our lips, our hearts, our spirits, be an overwhelming joy in the Lord? All glory given to Him as we declare, “Look what the Lord has done!” Just as Peter and John did in Acts 3 when the lame man was healed through the power of faith in the name of Jesus! It is NOTHING of ourselves when miracles happen in the name of the Lord! If we boast, let it be in Him, with no mention to ourselves!
When someone is truly walking in the Spirit there presence alone will testify to the fact. Watch them! Watch yourself! The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God (Romans 8:16). The key is to listen, rightly discern, and believe what the Spirit is saying in His witness to us- about us and about others.