Walking in the supernatural
The third principle of sin is to walk in the natural. The first implication of walking in the Spirit is that we must walk by faith. The first sin was the sin of unbelief, so the path to victory is walking by faith, on the pathway of the Word of God. The first sin consisted of not taking the Word of God seriously, so we can say that the path of the life of faith is receiving the Word of God and obeying it.
The second implication that we have seen by walking in the Spirit is that we must walk by the cross, or in other words, in selfless love. We cannot walk in the Spirit without renouncing our ego. In 1 John 3:23, we read that the will of God is that we believe and love. The things of God are indeed simple. We must walk in the path of the Word and in the path of the Cross. Everything we do outside of these paths is a manifestation of the flesh.
There is yet a third aspect that we now need to understand. This aspect is a natural consequence of the first two. To walk in the Spirit also means to walk in the supernatural. The supernatural does not necessarily mean the extraordinary; it means that the ways are spiritual and not natural. God wants to deliver us from sin and from our natural tendencies. Let us consider how the first sin found its way into our lives through the senses.
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6)
Notice that Eve was first tempted to eat because the tree was good for food. Everything began through the five senses of the body. This shows us the means by which we know whether something comes from God or not. The things of God always come from the spirit, and later reach the soul. The things of the devil always begin in the body, the flesh, and later reach the soul. All sin began in the body so in order to walk in the Spirit we need to walk on the supernatural level, disciplining the body.
Only the recreated human spirit can experience the things of the spiritual world. Man possesses three parts: spirit, soul and body. Eve’s temptation began in her body; she then disregarded her spirit and as a result, sin gained the upper hand. If we wish to serve God, we must do so through the Spirit, through the life of God in us. The key to allowing the Spirit to flow within our human spirit is by disciplining the body.
Our spirit was regenerated, our soul is being transformed and our body needs to be disciplined. It is impossible to live the Christian life without the renewing of the mind and the sanctifying of the soul. However, we must also know that it is impossible to live the Christian life without disciplining the body. It is important to be radical in this aspect: the life in the spirit is impossible without discipline of the body.
Before we continue let us make a clear distinction: discipline is not the same as legalism. Christ has already delivered us from the law. In Romans 6:14, we discover that we no longer need deliverance from law since Christ has already set us free from it.
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:14)
We must not transform the discipline of the body into legalism or asceticism. We do not discipline our bodies in order to buy blessings and acceptance from God. God accepts us because of the blood of the Lamb, and only by His blood! Discipline is not for God’s benefit it is for our benefit!
It is a tragedy when believers transform prayer, fasting and reading the Word into legalism. When they do not pray, they feel separated from God; when they do not read the Word, they imagine that God is far from them, that God has rejected them. There is nothing more tragic than this. The love of God for us is the same on the days that we pray as on the days that we do not. Prayer is not a law; it is a need, a discipline. An increase or decrease of prayer does not change our inheritance and our privileges in Christ, but prayer helps us perceive the things of the spirit with more clarity. Discipline is necessary for us; it is not a means of acceptance by God. Our access to God depends entirely on the blood of Jesus.
Discipline implies directing your body and mind to do God’s will. I am a spiritual being and I must align my will with my spirit, which always wants to be in communion with God, but the body resists and tries to align my will with its demands. I must willfully discipline my body so that I use my will to choose what my spirit desires to accomplish.
Discerning the direction of the Holy Spirit
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25 – NKJV)
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25 – NIV)
If we are now living by the power of the Holy Spirit, let us follow the direction of the Holy Spirit in all areas of our lives (Galatians 5:25 – Living Bible)
Many people ask God to lead them through signs and proofs. However, the Lord does not want to guide us through exterior means. Rather the Spirit guides us by His life inside of us. We must perceive the feelings produced by the Spirit within us. We need to be sensitive to these and learn to recognize them. We may feel an agreement, an inner peace or we can experience feelings of uneasiness or restraint. The Spirit may either impel us to do certain things or restrict us from doing other things.
Christianity in the New Testament is not a formal, ceremonial or religious ritual or even the observance of rules, regulations and ethics. It is much more than living a righteous life, doing the right things or doing unto others, as we would have them do to us. Christianity is much more than a philosophy or a system of positive thinking. Real Christianity is supernatural. It is the life of Christ inside of us!
It is because Christ lives in our hearts that we can experience the leading or the direction of the Holy Spirit. We must learn and discern the language of our spirit. We need to recognize when the Spirit is grieved (Ephesians 4:30). We need to recognize when the Spirit rejoices inside of us and wants us to rejoice with Him, or when He has a burden and wishes to pray through us.
It all starts when we have a feeling or impulse in our spirit. We then understand that the Lord wishes to say something to us. We need to stop and ask the Lord. We should wait silently on Him until we comprehend what He is saying. Then we should act according to the received information and cooperate with the Lord. We would do well in remembering these experiences and, in this way; we will be able to recognize the voice of the Spirit again the next time.