Living and Walking by the Spirit

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” (John 6:63).

The Greek word translated “words” in John. 6:63, is rhema, which means spoken word. So it is the spoken word of the Spirit in our hearts which releases life to us.“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).

The Greek word translated “know” is ginosko, which is the word for intimate knowing, and is used when describing a man “knowing” his wife and conceiving a child.

Eternal life is intimately experiencing God, walking with Him in the garden in the cool of the day, fellowshipping with Him. That was the initial design (Gen. 3:8), and it has not changed! His hunger is for His sheep to hear His voice and to live by His Spirit’s guidance.

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive…”

John 7:38-39

The Indwelling Holy Spirit IS the River Who FLOWS Within

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive…”

John 7:38-39

How Do I Hear God’s Voice?

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

John 10:27

See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape…

Hebrews 12:25

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Your thoughts from your mind are analytical, cognitive, connected, built by you.

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The Spirit’s voice is generally sensed as flowing thoughts which light upon your mind.

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The Spirit’s visions are generally sensed as flowing pictures which light upon your mind.

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The Spirit’s emotions are sensed as flowing emotions which come from deep within – “Jesus moved by compassion….”

Hearing God’s voice is as simple as quieting yourself down, fixing your eyes on Jesus, tuning to spontanity and writing (Hab. 2:1,2)

Your belief and confession becomes: “I honor the flow within me as it is the River of God, the Holy Spirit within. I honor You, Holy Spirit.” 

How Does Fixing My Eyes on Jesus Purify the Flow from Within?

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” (Heb. 12:2).

I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Ps. 16:8).

The principle is that “the intuitive flow from your heart flows out of the vision being held before your eyes.” So if you are picturing Jesus at your right hand, as King David did, then you can assume the flow is coming from Jesus. Of course, you always make sure it is compatible with Scripture and submit it to your spiritual advisors, asking if their heart bears witness it came from God (2 Cor. 13:1).

How Do I Overcome Sin by the Power of the Holy Spirit?

If by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Romans 8:13

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:18

Here is how we live these verses out when tempted to do something evil:

1. Look to see what Jesus is doing.

Picture Jesus present with you at your right hand (Acts 2:25; Ps. 16:8). We call this godly imagination. Then pray and ask the Holy Spirit to bring the scene alive (Eph. 1:17-18). Now tune to spontaneous flowing images, flowing thoughts, flowing emotions and flowing power/energy. These are Jesus’ voice, vision, emotion and power coming to you through the Holy Spirit.

2. Say "Yes" to what Jesus is doing.

Seeing Jesus releases His presence, strength, glory and wisdom into the situation. You will not fall into the sin which you were tempted to commit. You see what Jesus is doing. You hear what He is saying. He obviously is not committing sin, and He is showing you how to resist as well. You watch Jesus in action and then do what you see Him doing.

3. Record what Jesus is speaking and doing.

In your devotional times you can expand this flow of His voice and His vision by simply writing the flow down as it is coming to you. As you write in faith, the flow continues.Faith allows God to move (Heb. 11:6). Doubt and unbelief cut Him off (Matt. 13:58). By writing in faith for 5-15 minutes you end up with a paragraph or a page of revelation from the Lord.

4. Confirm it.

You confirm that what you have written is actually from God by submitting it to a spiritual friend and to Scripture (1 Thess. 5:20-21; 2 Cor. 13:1). You will discover most of the time this flow is the voice of the Holy Spirit who flows within you as a River of Life.

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