Yesterday I talked about how we receive the Holy Spirit by faith, but Paul also said, “Walk and live habitually in the Holy Spirit—stay responsive to him, be controlled and guided by him; then you won’t gratify the cravings and desires of the human nature without God” (Galatians 5:16). He also said, “When we live by the Holy Spirit, we will walk by the Spirit. If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, we can go forward walking in line with him, our conduct will be controlled by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).
If you have been a Christians, for awhile, you’ve heard that phrase over and over: “Walk in the Spirit.” Many believers tell me they walk in the Spirit—yet they can’t tell me what that really means. So, let me ask you: Do you walk and live in the Spirit? And what does that mean to you? I believe “walking in the Spirit” can be defined in one sentence: Walking in the Spirit is simply allowing the Holy Spirit to do in us what God sent him to do. It’s not real complicated or even frustrating.
Although, you can’t allow him to do that work until you understand why God sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was sent to us from the Father to accomplish one (and only one) eternal purpose. And unless we understand his mission and work in us, we will make one of two mistakes: One, we will settle for a small portion of his work—such as a few of the spiritual gifts—mistakenly thinking this is all of him and missing the grand work of his eternal purpose in our lives. Or, two, we will quench the Spirit within us and ignore him completely, believing he’s mysterious and that his presence is something we have to take by faith and never understand.
The Holy Spirit has come to dwell in you and me to seal, sanctify, empower and prepare us—he has been sent to prepare a bride for marriage to Christ!
An Old Testament type of this relationship between believers and the Holy Spirit is found in Genesis 24. Abraham sent his servant Eliezer to find a bride for his son Isaac. Eliezer’s name means “mighty, divine helper”—cool! A type of the Holy Spirit. And just as surely as this mighty helper came back with Rebekah to present her as a bride to Isaac, the Holy Spirit won’t fail to bring back a bride for our Lord Jesus Christ.
God chose Rebekah as a bride for Isaac—and the Lord led Eliezer right to her. The servant’s entire mission and purpose were cused on one thing: to bring Rebekah to Isaac—to get her to leave everything she had, and to become one with Isaac. Rebekah’s parents said to Eliezer, “The Lord has obviously brought you here . . . take her and go. let her be the wife of your master’s son” (Genesis 24:50–51).
And that’s the way it is with you and me! God chose us to be his bride. Our salvation—our being chosen for Christ—was done by the Lord. He sent the Holy Spirit to lead us to Jesus—and if we trust him, the Spirit will bring us safely home as Christ’s eternal bride!
Oh Father I am delighted to walk with your Spirit; to allow him to teach me; to guide me into the whole Truth and bring me to your presence. I look forward to being united with you. Come Holy Spirit! Fill me to overflowing; be Glorified in my life and through my thoughts.
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I do thank you for your gifts. It is your faithful and continued support that makes these messages possible.