Romans 8:5, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
In chapters 7 and 8 of Romans, Paul is taking us on a journey. This journey is the struggle we have when we are dominated by the flesh and how we can dominate the flesh if we walk according to the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit is the culmination of the Christian life. This is what every believer should endeavor to achieve in their Christian walk, but interestingly enough many of us don’t know what it means. I myself didn’t understand how to walk in the Spirit until Holy Spirit taught me.
To understand walking in the spirit you must first understand how we are created. We are a spirit being, we have a soul (mind, will and emotions), and we live in a physical body. When we get born again, we become one with Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” See the most important thing for unbeliever to do is to be born again, and the most important thing for a believer to do is to renew their minds. When Holy Spirit becomes one with us, He begins to teach us and guide into all truth (John 16:13). As we renew our minds we develop a sensitivity to Him and to our own spirit. When Holy Spirit is speaking to us, He will either speak to our spirit then our spirit communicates to our soul, or He will directly communicate to our soul.
Walking in the spirit means being guided by our spirit. Remember our spirit is one with the Holy Spirit and He is the one directing our spirit. So, this means letting my soul be influenced by the ways of my spirit. Our soul is either influenced by the flesh or by the spirit. The flesh is ultimately influenced by the ways of the devil and his demons. Our spirit will always warn us when we are being led by the flesh. There will be no peace whatsoever. When we notice this, we must stop, set time aside, look inwardly and listen. This waiting time is the best way to crucify the flesh, because the flesh will do everything to get out of it.
Walking according to the spirit means being sensitive to our spirit and letting our spirit have control over our soul. At first it may seem tedious, but as we renew our soul, our soul begins to resemble our spirit.
Thank you for reading my post and I would really appreciate if you comment. We are a body, and each member sees things from a different perspective; because of that different perspective, we grow faster and stronger. Thank you 😊!