24th of April, 2017.
TEXT: Galatians 5:16
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Commentary by Jacob Atitebi
Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ wrote to the churches of Galatians. Here in verse 16th of the 5th chapter of the book of Galatians, Paul instructed us to keep in step with the Spirit in other to denial the desire of the sinful nature. Paul spoke not to unbelievers but to the saints. He said these when he discovered they have turned back to be slave of principles of the world.
The Christian walk is life, not regulations. Christians will not fall into a life of sin if we do not live by operation bootstraps but by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The word “walk” means to walk around. The walk in the Spirit here is away of life, not a short stroll. “Walk” then means live. The Greek tense indicates that we are to keep on walking in the Spirit as a course of life. We are to order his manner of life by the Holy Spirit and not by the law. God wants our walk with Him to be permeated and dominated by the Spirit of God.
The Holy Spirit will not automatically work in our lives; we must invite Him to control us.
We cannot walking in the flesh and in the Spirit at the same time. We are either carnal or spiritual at any given moment. We are either Spirit-filled or we are not.
As Christians, we do not measure up spirituality by how much prayer, witnessing or service we do but by dependence on the Spirit. We cannot live the Spirit filled life by suppression of sin or by eradicating sin but by the counteracting power of being filled with the Spirit; walking in the Spirit. Victory does not come by self but by the Spirit. When we walk in the Spirit, we are spiritual and produce the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit comes from the Holy Spirit, not from our deeds lived in the power of self.