“So, I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit[seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts].” Read Galatians 5:16 (AMP). In one of the Greek meanings, walking in the Spirit means “be so occupied.” It also means for one “to make progress.” Or to “frequently stay in a place.” It also means to “regulate one’s life or to conduct oneself.” These are all amazing definitions to make it clear to us that we cannot and should not do anything without the Holy Spirit.
An attempt to ignore the workings and leading of the Holy Spirit will amount to treason! A strong word I know. I use this word treason because when we neglect the workings or bidding of the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our lives’, we most definitely yield to the dictates of the flesh – which is carnality, and carnality leads to death, hence the Bible says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Read Proverbs 14:12.
Now, the Apostle Paul had the concern that the Galatians were indulging in carnality like we do sometimes in the 21stChurch age, and he counselled saying, “If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” Read Galatians 5:15 (NIV). Can you see this? The effect of carnality and yielding to fleshy impulses can and will lead to dissensions and in some instances to the point of death in the body – Church.
The Bible also says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Read 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV). In other words, allowing God’s spirit and His Word to regulate the way we live our lives as supposed to allowing our lives to be governed by the dictates of the senses.
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