Day 32: So I Say, Walk by the Spirit

I believe in the Holy Spirit.

READ

Galatians 5:16–18; 22–26

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law . . .

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

MEDITATE

Have you come face-to-face with your utter inability to live the Christian life in your own strength and initiative? It’s subtle how we try. We mistake imitation for immersion. While these are not mutually exclusive, to attempt the imitation of Christ apart from deep immersion in the Holy Spirit leads to futility and frustration. Are you ready to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit? The life “led by the Spirit” requires deep immersion in the Spirit and continual filling. Remember the prayer, “Come Holy Spirit.”

REFLECT

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of life and light and love . . . Toward nature He performs one sort of work, toward the world another, and toward the Church still another. And every act of His accords with the will of the Triune God. Never does He act on impulse nor move after a quick or arbitrary decision. Since He is the Spirit of the Father He feels toward His people exactly as the Father feels, so there need be on our part no sense of strangeness in His presence. He will always act like Jesus, toward sinners in compassion, toward saints in warm affection, toward human suffering in tenderest pity and love.

—From God’s Pursuit of Man
A. W. Tozer

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .