Walking in the Spirit: Transformed by Truth

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 17 January 2024
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Rev. Dr. Dean Courtier
dean.courtier@estuaryelim.co.uk

Walking in the Spirit: Transformed by Truth

Today, let us explore the transformative power of God's truth found in Galatians 5:16-18. This verse invites us to walk in the Spirit, embracing a life led by the transformative truth of God's Word. As we delve into the Bible, may our hearts be open to the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

The Call to Walk in the Spirit
Galatians 5:16 (NLT) "So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves."

The Apostle Paul's exhortation urges believers to allow the Holy Spirit to take the lead in their lives. The phrase "let the Holy Spirit guide your lives" emphasises the active participation required from believers. This is an intentional surrender to the Spirit's guidance.

A.W. Tozer speaks to the importance of yielding to the Spirit, saying, "The true Christian does not make the Holy Spirit a servant; He is a servant of the Holy Spirit."

Romans 8:14 (NLT) - "For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God."

The Battle Between the Spirit and the Flesh
Galatians 5:17 (NLT) "The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions."

Paul paints a vivid picture of the ongoing struggle between the desires of the sinful nature and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. This internal conflict highlights the need for a conscious decision to align with the Spirit's desires.

Charles Stanley emphasises the significance of this battle, stating, "The flesh and the Spirit are in conflict. There is no neutrality; we must choose whom we will serve."

Galatians 5:24 (NLT) - "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there."

Freedom in Walking with the Spirit
Galatians 5:18 (NLT) "But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses."

The verse highlights the freedom experienced when believers walk in the Spirit. This freedom is not a license for sin but liberation from the condemnation of the law, as the Spirit empowers believers to live righteous and holy lives.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones underscores the transformative power of the Spirit, saying, "The Holy Spirit not only sets us free from the law, but He enables us to live the Christian life."

Romans 8:2 (NLT) - "And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death."

In conclusion, Galatians 5:16 calls us to walk in the Spirit, engaging in a daily surrender to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As we navigate the battle between the Spirit and the flesh, we experience freedom in Christ. May our lives be a testament to the transformative truth that walking in the Spirit brings.

Friends, let us commit ourselves afresh to walk in the Spirit. Take intentional steps to nurture a deeper relationship with God through prayer, the study of His Word, and cultivating sensitivity to the Holy Spirit's promptings.

As we walk in the Spirit, let our lives bear witness to the transformative power of God's truth. Share this truth with those around you, inviting them to experience the freedom found in walking with the Spirit.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ empower us to walk in step with the Spirit and live transformed lives. Amen.