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May this Christian writing on walking in the Spirit cause you to have a closer walk with the Lord.
"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3.
All Scripture references in this writing are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
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1. Walking With God
"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3.
There is no greater thing I know of than abiding with God and walking with Him. This deepest of fellowship, and unity in the Spirit, knows no bounds, to those who actively partake in this blessed union. Your heart should beat faster with excitement and exhilaration by knowing you are with your Beloved. Nothing else matters but hearing from God and obeying His instructions concerning your part in His plans.
His peace should overtake you, and calm your beating heart, so that His Presence brings fullness of joy. When you abide with the Creator, you are connected to the Source of all power in the universe. Miracles, life sustenance, creative powers, provision, and everything you need or could possibly dream, are all waiting for you to connect to them through God. There shall be no good thing denied you, if you abide in Him.
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." John 15:7-12.
Abiding requires agreement (See Amos 3:3). There must be unity for the fellowship to continue. No one wants to be in fellowship with another who either hates him or disbelieves him. God ultimately wants to be believed. You demonstrate your trust, love and worship for Him by believing Him and His Words, and by timely acting upon His instructions that He gives you. Belief is demonstrated by obedience. Disbelief is demonstrated by disobedience and rebellion. If God tells you to do something, then do it right away!
"And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22.
"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:19-20.
We limit ourselves, and what God will do for us, by our lack of agreement, lack of fully persuaded belief, and lack of unity. God responds to our faith, which requires us to demonstrate our belief in Him. Lack of hope demonstrates disbelief in God.
The power of agreement knows no bounds. When our spirit and the Spirit of God agree, all things are possible! We must be convinced that we have discerned and know the true Mind of Christ regarding a matter, then act in agreement with what God's perfect will is for us in the situation.
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13.
2. Faith Alive
If a man claims to be walking with God, yet demonstrates a lack of faith, he lies. His testimony can not be trusted. For no one can be in the Presence of God and doubt that He is, as they are observing and experiencing Him. It would be like a wife claiming that she is not married with her husband standing right next to her.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1.
"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" James 2:17-20. [the bold emphasis is mine.]
Living faith is the only kind of faith that matters to God! All other faith is dead faith, and is not profitable for anything. Your faith should be alive and demonstrated by your actions. You should bear much good fruit.
"He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down." Luke 13:6-9.
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." John 15:4-8.
Trusting in the Lord brings many benefits, including direction from God. When you acknowledge Him, He will open doors that you could not open in your own strength. His ways are so above our ways!
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6.
3. In His Presence
"Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." Psalms 16:11.
There is nothing better I know of than abiding with God and being in His Presence. When you are in His Presence, there is fullness of joy, and there is peace, as He is the Prince of Peace. He will reveal Himself to you, and you will know God and be known by Him. Ask Him to search you heart and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. Let there be nothing that separates yourself from abiding continually in His Presence.
"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24.
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.
We need to seek the Lord continually: "Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually." (1 Chronicles 16:11). We need Him every hour, every second. We should give Him praise with every heartbeat. This is what I call Deep Worship. In fact, I wrote a song about this back in 2000 called Deep Worship. We should be about worshipping God nonstop at all times.
For more about the Presence of God, see my book titled Presence Of God, which goes into much more detail about this important subject.
Consider the words of David talking about God and His Presence, and draw encouragement from these:
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." Psalm 51:10-17.
Only when you are in His Presence, do the blessings and protection from God manifest fully. As Psalm 91 talks about, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalm 91:1). Read the whole chapter of Psalm 91, soak it into your spirit, let it satisfy you and nourish you with the goodness of God. For the Lord is good and His mercies endure forever.
"For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." Psalm 100:5.
Thanksgiving ushers in the Presence of God. When you combine thanksgiving and worship you have a very powerful key that unlocks the door to the heavenly realm. Be truthful and genuine in your communication with God. Always keep your heart pure before Him.
4. Waiting On God
"The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD." Lamentations 3:25-26.
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31.
There are many blessings that come from waiting on God. Waiting can be the crucible where bad things are refined out of you. Waiting unleashes and ushers in the timetable of God on your behalf. There is protection that comes from waiting. It allows you "to recharge your batteries," emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." Galatians 6:9-10.
5. Walking In The Spirit
Walking in the Spirit requires a closeness to God, an abiding with Him. Only if He invites you to come to Him, can you come. The Holy Spirit brings the invitation, and we must choose to accept it.
True, utter dependence upon Him, and Him alone, is required to maintain the close walking relationship with God. When we walk in the Spirit, we walk in obedience to His statutes, commands and instructions.
"And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." Ezekiel 36:27.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1-2.
"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16.
"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:25.
Walking in the Spirit is an act of worship unto God.
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:23-24."As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:10-11.