“But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts]” Galatians 5:16, Amplified.
I asked God, “What does it mean to walk in the Spirit?” Then while writing this devotional, my newborn son began to cry. No matter how much I wanted to explain to him that finishing this devotional was important to me, eating and falling asleep in my arms was important to him. And because he matters more to me than anything I have going on, I stopped what I was doing to respond to him.
In that moment, the Holy Spirit said, “That’s it! That’s what it means to walk in the Spirit.” By the way, God will always answer your sincere questions about His Word. You just have to expect Him to.
Walking in the Spirit means that we are as attentive to the Holy Spirit as we are to a newborn baby. It means we stop whatever we are doing to respond to what God wants. Nothing else matters.
I challenge you to live responsive to the Spirit of God. Don’t ignore Him. Practice responding to what He wants you to do. The more you develop the habit of responding in obedience to God and His Word, the stronger you’ll be. Your flesh won’t have a chance!
Prayer: Yes Lord. I receive your word. Thank you for giving me understanding of what it means to walk in the Spirit. Help me to be more responsive to you. Help me to obey your word. You are more important than anything I have going on in my life. I submit to you now. Guide me by your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.