How To Walk In The Spirit
I would love to have the correction and help of Christians who know how to walk in the Spirit better than I do. The Holy Spirit wants to guide us and we desperately need His guidance. He is the member of the Godhead that communicates the will of God the Father and God the Son to us here on earth. The guidance of the Holy Spirit will NEVER disagree with anything in the Bible but we often need more specific guidance.
Individuals who have not been born into the Kingdom of God and are not indwelt by the Holy Spirit do not have His presence or guidance. All who have been born of the Spirit are indwelt by the Spirit.
John 3:3b: . . . Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:6b: . . . that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Romans 8:9b: . . . if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
An important truth is that if and when Christians resist the Holy Spirit, grieve Him or quench Him, His guidance will sometimes stop. If we do not obey the first step, we will not be in the place from which we can take the second step. Sometimes He will give us second or third opportunities to obey Him.
The Holy Spirit wants us to establish the habit of walking in Him. When we habitually walk in the Spirit we don*t always need to have Him shock us or surprise us with extraordinary commands.
I begin my day with prayer and Bible study. The Holy Spirit helped me to establish those habits quickly after I became saved. After my prayer and Bible study I send out an email Bible study and upload it into the website. The Holy Spirit established that habit two or three years ago.
Another habit of mine is that before I do my habitual ministries outside my home, I pray again. I pray this prayer:
Psalms 139:23-24: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
I attend all of the services at the church I am a member of every week. The Holy Spirit established that habit for me. He established similar habits in the two churches I previously belonged to since I became saved. In three decades He has led me to change churches twice.
On Tuesday mornings I conduct worship services at a nursing home. On Thursday mornings I get acquainted with the new residents of that nursing home. On Saturday mornings I conduct worship services at another nursing home. The Holy Spirit gave me those habits.
As I habitually walk in the Holy Spirit in those things, the Holy Spirit fits ways to meet a great variety of the needs of others within my habits. He is the one who led me into the habits so I usually don*t need much unusual revelation from Him. He knows when I will keep the habits and He knows when He needs to lead me out of them. I expect Him to put others in my path that need to hear the gospel, to receive some encouragement, to have some fellowship, that some need some love and some that need a Bible question answered. It is a great delight to know that the Holy Spirit has helped me to walk in Him habitually. Habitually walking in the Spirit is not boring. He makes it thrilling and fulfilling.
There have also been times when the Holy Spirit needed to shock me into walking in Him by doing something that does not fit into my habits, something unusual. I can*t fully explain how He does it, but He gives me a strong impression that I ought to do something that is outside of my habits. I have learned not to refuse those strong impressions. I shall share two of the most recent occasions that happened.
I attempted to share the gospel with a woman in a nursing home who was near death. She was nothing but skin and bones. She was in a great deal of pain. Her caregivers had done all they could for her. She had a fearful look in her eyes. She could only speak one syllable at a time and that with great difficulty. I did not know if she understood anything that I said. I gave up on her with a heavy heart and went home. Within minutes I was given the strong impression that I should give her one more chance to receive Jesus. I went back and shared a few verses from the Bible with her and tried to lead her in a prayer to receive Jesus. I had no assurance that she had received Him. The next day I had an opportunity to visit her again and asked her if she remembered receiving Jesus the day before. She said yes. It came quicker and easier to her than anything she had said to me before. She went to be with the Lord that night.
I visited another woman in another nursing home several times. She gave me no reason to believe that she had received Jesus or knew for sure that she was going to Heaven. She had not wanted to hear the gospel from me. The last time I visited her I learned that she was in a nearby hospital so I visited her there. She was very weak. As I returned to the parking lot I asked the Lord to bring her back to the nursing home and promised that if He would do that I would try to share the gospel with her one more time next week. I was seeking His wisdom and guidance and praying for her soul. The Holy Spirit gave me the strong impression that I should return to her room and share the gospel with her then and there. If I could put words to the impression they would be these: What, you want me to let her suffer another week before I save her? I returned to her room and shared a few verses from the Bible with her. It was the first time she had permitted me to share that many Bible verses about the gospel with her. She received Christ and when I asked her if she knew for sure she was going to Heaven when her time came she said Yes! with a surprisingly strong voice and a joyful smile. A few days later she went home to be with the Lord.
If we have habitual sin in our life, we will be unable to truly walk in the Spirit either habitually or on unexpected occasions. He won*t hear our pleas for guidance or His filling.
Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
If I am faithful in the simple little habits, the Lord will sometimes trust me with bigger jobs.
Luke 19:17: And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
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