I once heard a pastor say, “We’ve become so numb to the presence of God, that we don’t even know when He isn’t there.”
That’s a very scary thought. And more than that, it’s disheartening. We say we surrender all. We say we want the Holy Spirit. But in all honesty, how much of the Holy Spirit are we experiencing every day? How much are we allowing the Holy Spirit to dictate what our lives look like on a daily basis?
Galatians 5:16 (ESV) reads, “But I say, walk in the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
We read it. We quote it. But are we living it? Are we really “walking in the Spirit”? The Holy Spirit was sent to us to keep us connected to God, to give us power in our lives, to comfort us in times of need, to teach us and guide us. Sadly, most Christians today completely ignore the Holy Spirit as a whole. We’ve become complacent in our walks with Christ, not realizing that the Holy Spirit is the One that is our connection to Christ.
Gal 5:19-21 lists the many deeds of the flesh that we CHOOSE to walk in: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkedness, and carousing. There are so many things on this list, that something applies to each and every one of us. The issue isn’t that there may be a struggle here. These things become issues when we DECIDE to WALK in our choice of fleshly deed. We as Christians have to realize that we are made for more than “the struggle”. We have to realize that the Holy Spirit is waiting to be used and unleashed in our lives!
Gal 5:22-23 shows us what the Spirit is ready to give us if we only turned to Him. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. All of these things instantly make us better Christians and better people! And until we choose to fully walk in the Spirit, we will continue to lack spiritual power, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. We have to want more for our lives. We have to become reacquainted with the Holy Spirit. We have to stop showing up to church and missing out on the presence of God.
Our lives can be so rich if we only take seriously the words we sing on Sundays. We need to ask God for a true outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Verse 25 says, “IF we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” That’s a big if, friends. Don’t allow fear, doubt, or anything else keep you from truly walking and living in the Spirit. Jesus has so much for us and we continually pass on the free gift He has so graciously given to us. I encourage you to ask for more of the Spirit. I encourage you to pray to feel His presence. I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to begin guiding you.
I guarantee He will. Walk in the spirit friends.
Rafer Owens Jr.
“Love Jesus, Love People, Love Life”