2“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinfulnature desires what is contraryto the Spirit, and the Spirit whatis contrary to the sinful nature.They are in conflict with eachother, so that you do not dowhat you want. But if you areled by the Spirit, you are notunder the law.”Galatians 5:16-18
3WALKING IN THE SPIRIT IS BASIC TO HOLINESS I can be holy without legalismWe don’t set up does and don’ts to live a holy lifeI have to make a choice of living by a lot of rules or simply walking by the energy of God’s powerThe Lord empowers me to do the things that I couldn’t force myself to do no matter what the outside rule is.
4A present tense command I. THE COMMAND TO WALK IN THE SPIRITA present tense command
5A. The meaning of my walk in the Spirit This walk is…not a code of conduct.implying progress.a continuous exercise.This command is…like the wind filling a ship’s sail.opening the sail of our will in submission and being carried along by the Spirit.
6B. The misunderstanding of my spiritual walk Some believe that walking in the Spiritdoes not require any effort on our part.God’s grace takes care of the sin nature.If holy living were entirely the responsibilityof God, we wouldn’t need the command.
7II. THE CONFLICT OF WALKING IN THE SPIRIT Galatians 5:17, 18
8A. Defining the flesh Flesh refers to the part of man that is easily attacked by temptation.“Are you so foolish?Having begun in the Spirit, are younow made perfect by the flesh?Gal. 3:3We try to accomplish holiness on our ownMan is carnal (fleshly) Romans 7:14
9Romans 7:15-19 The flesh… serves sin is independent of God is the place where sin lands to do its workstruggles to dominate the believer
10B. Dealing with the flesh “What the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh.” Romans 8:3“The Spirit also helps our weakness.”Romans 8:26“Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”Romans 13:13,14
11“Do not let sin reign in your I need to kill the flesh/starve A clear way to dealwith the flesh“Do not let sin reign in yourmortal body” Romans 6:12Flesh will not go away without a fight or without replacing the desires of the flesh.I need to kill the flesh/starveit/refuse to feed itRomans 8:12,13
12Walking by the Spirit is not a state of passive surrender “I beat my body and make it my slave.”I Corinthians 9:27Christian life is a paradoxWhile my life is not mine, but Christ’s, at the same time I am living it.
14A. Understanding the role of the law The law does not stop the flesh it stirs it up the fleshRomans 7:8,9The Spirit fulfills the law so it conquers the flesh.The law has a protective quality.The role is to protect us from the flesh thatwants to destroy our Spirit.
15B. Understanding the release from the law If you are led by the Spirit, youare not left under the law.“As many as are led by the Spirit ofGod, they are the sons of God.”Romans 8:14God only gives His Spirit to those who have accepted Him. Everyone else is under the law.
16THE CURE FROM THE LAW Walking in the Spirit means having an internal direction, not external.The Holy Spirit only leads us in areas that will build our character and satisfy our spiritual man.
17“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” Jim Elliot“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.”
18If I am to save my own life from being trapped in the flesh and sin, I have to obey the COMMAND TO WALKING IN THE SPIRIT. I must be aware of the CONFLICT OF WALKING IN THE SPIRIT, and deal with it, so I will be CURED FROM THE LAW, that tries to hold me in spiritual bondage
19“For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did bysending his own Son in thelikeness of sinful man to be a sinoffering. An so he condemnedsin in sinful man, in order thatthe righteous requirement of thelaw might be fully met in us,who do not live according to thesinful nature but according tothe Spirit.”Romans 8:3,4