The scripture that deals with our topic of today is found in Galatians 5:16-5:25 (KJV). I want to do just a brief overview of these verses, so that we keep in the proper context of this particular post. We will be sure to expound on the topic much more thoroughly in other posts, but for now lets just get our feet wet.
What does it mean, to “Walk In The Spirit“? Well, there are both short, and long answers to that question. Today, we will deal with the short answer.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” (Gal 5:16 KJV)
We will address this topic in a sort of reverse ordered approach. What I mean by this, is that we will start at a desired result, and work our way backwards to the necessary cause of that desired result.
Desired Result = Not fulfill the lusts of the flesh
Necessary Cause = Walk in the spirit
Which brings us to our topic, “what does it mean to walk in the spirit“.
We must first identify the exact opposite of walking in the spirit, and that exact opposite is, to walk in the flesh. But, what does it mean to walk in the flesh? Well, I’m glad you asked. To walk in the flesh simply means, to complete tasks that bring results equal to what the flesh desires. However, we must be just a little more descriptive because in the case of dealing with its connection to walking in the spirit, which is it’s opposite, there are specific tasks that bring results equal to what the flesh desires.
Here are those tasks, which are outlined in Galatians 5:19-21. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in the past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal 5:19-21 KJV)
For the sake of sticking to the topic, we will not expound on the meanings of all the things listed in those verses, but be sure to use the links provided at the end of this post to see further discussion on the topic of the “lusts of the flesh”.
Now that we have outlined the specific tasks that equal what the flesh desires in relation to its opposite the spirit, let’s take a moment to list the tasks that bring results equal to what the spirit desires in relation to its opposite the flesh. It is by operating in these tasks that a person is known as someone who walks in the spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Gal 5:22-23 KJV)
So, what does it mean, to “Walk In The Spirit”? It means to complete the acts that were just listed above habitually. When situations in life call for your Love, then complete the act of love in that situation. When situations in life are in need of your meekness to maintain a balance, then complete the act of being meek. Complete each act that is being required in each situation that pleases the desires of the Spirit.
So there we have it, let’s go out and walk in the spirit.