Walking in the Spirit
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
Spirit-filled lives are characterized by minds set on what the Spirit desires. We experience fullness of life and peace even in difficult situations. We’re able to obey God and please him. We still sin and will continue to sin until we die, but we’re no longer governed by the desires of our sinful nature which are hostile to God. Sin has lost its dominion; we aren’t enslaved by it. Even though our bodies are “subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness” (Romans 8:5-10).
How do we live according to the Spirit? Our new way of life isn’t automatic. We’re not re-programmed robots. God’s will for us often comes as a recurring message we hear from various sources. First, we can study the Bible. God will never tell us to do something contrary to his revealed will. Second, we can confirm what we think we’ve heard God say by listening to godly counselors—Christian leaders. Third, because we’ve been adopted, we can now approach Almighty God in an intimate prayer relationship as “Abba, Father—Daddy.” Fourth, we can examine our circumstances and ask the Spirit to show us how God’s involved in what’s happening and how he is using these things for good.
But we must choose to “put to death the misdeeds of the body” (Romans 8:13). We must renew our minds, so we’ll be able to test and approve what God’s will is— “his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
The Spirit “testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children— “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:16-17—see below). We’ll have times of suffering. But, as Paul said, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
How would you describe your life? Are you putting off the old ways?
Look past the struggles and sufferings of this life and anticipate the glorious future God will reveal in us.
What does Romans 8:16-23 say about all creation, including our bodies?
According to 2 Corinthians 4:13-18, what’s happening to us right now?
Read Hebrews 2:6-11. Brothers and sisters, what additional promises can we expect, even though we can’t see them yet?
Nancy J. Baker
This devotion is part of a series on the Holy Spirit.