Introduction to walking in the spirit
After having understood the basic three-part make-up of Man we must understand how God works through us and how we must cooperate with Him in order for Him to work freely in and through us. This cooperation requires us to exercise our spirit in order to receive God’s leading. In the first lesson we learned that we must do our part to transform our soul by renewing our mind and by disciplining our body bringing its instincts under subjection to God’s will.
Our spirit has already been regenerated. When Adam sinned, he died to God and with him; the entire human race fell into spiritual death and separation. Hence, the first thing God needed to do in man was to regenerate him – man must first receive the new birth.
Once we are born again, the purpose of God is to guide us by the Holy Spirit who dwells in, and operates through, our human spirit. Simultaneously, God expects us to cooperate with Him by exercising our spirit in obedience to Him.
The Holy Spirit dwells inside of us. God’s nature, love, power, goodness, and health all dwell within our recreated spirit. We do not need to seek after these things, we just need to have the revelation that they are already inside of us. We now have the mind of Christ and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Everything that is necessary for a holy and fulfilled life has already been placed inside of us through the person of the Holy Spirit. Once we learn to walk in the spirit, all these realities of the Holy Spirit dwelling within our own spirit will begin to manifest in us.
We were like a person with many different kinds of diseases that went to see his doctor. The doctor diagnosed the patient and prescribed several types of medication, one for each disease. The pharmacist then put all of the medications inside one syringe. This combination of medications became a powerful dose that cured all of the diseases. God did the same with us; He injected us with a spiritual medication, in the form of the Holy Spirit that cures all of our inner needs. We must completely understand that everything we need for an abundant life in God has already been given to us through the Holy Spirit within us. If we need power, He is power. If we need love, He is the love that was shed abroad in our hearts. If we need understanding, all of the treasures of wisdom are hidden in Him. All things are already complete in our spirit. Our real need today is to learn how to be led by the Spirit depending on Him for all our needs.
The Christian life consists of two substitutions; the first was on the cross, where the Lord Jesus died in our place and the second is in our daily lives where the Holy Spirit wants to live in our place, and become our life.