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Walking After the Spirit
The simple words of Paul provide a powerful recipe for successful Christian living. There is a relationship between flesh, spirit, and the Holy Spirit that must be adhered and understood. The principles within the formula ate vital. Paul said, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). The gist of Paul’s divine advice, is that the Christian is not to move until after the Holy Spirit moves. Too often, Christians make personal decisions without first consulting and meditating upon the path of God. However, based upon the text, the children of the Christ must walk in the trail first trekked by the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:16 informs us that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our personal spirit. God influences us through the spirit, while the devil seeks his destruction through the entrance of the flesh. Notice the dynamics stipulated by Christ as His Disciples encountered difficulty through the flesh, yet wanting to please Christ in the spirit.
“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:39-41).
There you have it, the men who intimately walked with Christ could not watch for an hour without sleeping on the job. Through the process, Jesus explained part of the human dilemma. He said the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Thus, the spirit of man is set to connect with the Holy Spirit of God, but the portal of the flesh remains weak. The flesh is not weak in morality, as Christ said, it is simply weak in strength. Because the flesh is weak in might, it is critical, that Christians be led by the spirit, for the purpose of walking in the Holy Spirit. Generally and typically when a person is angered, embarrassed, frustrated, vengeful, it is because the flesh is leading and one has failed to walk only after the Spirit. The flesh serves a purpose within Gods divine and perfect creation of humanity. God never designed the flesh to be a leader within the human condition and pursuit for spirituality. The devil seeks those who are leading their life through the flesh because the flesh is weak in strength, making a Christian under such circumstances, easy prey to what is dangled before the flesh (I Peter 5:8). Remember to walk after the Spirit. You are the clay In The Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save you today!