Exploring Dependence – What Do We Know About Walking By The Spirit?

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5 Steps to Walking By The Spirit

Sounds appealing, doesn’t it?

Many of us have been believers for more years that we care to count, and yet “walking by the Spirit” remains an nebulous concept. You would think by now, someone would have laid it out for us, step by step.

The fact that the concept remains so mysterious to so many of us leads me to a couple of conclusions. Either everyone else is just as clueless, or it cannot be explained as a step-by-step process.

Let’s begin to examine this by considering what we know about walking by the Spirit.

Start with Galatians 5, where the exhortation to “walk by the Spirit” is found. Read through the chapter. You might find it helpful to read the entire book of Galatians, to put it in context. It really does not take all that long, provided you don’t allow yourself to get bogged down with the various questions that spring to mind. Save them for later.

Ok, first question from Galatians 5 – If we are not being led by the Spirit, what other option(s) exist? How else could we be walking, if not by the Spirit?

Why is it so important to walk by the Spirit?

How were the Galatians trying to deal with this issue?

Would that work? Why or why not?

Now let’s go back to the passage we’ve already looked at – 1 Corinthians 2. According to that passage, what exactly does the Spirit does for us?

What about these other passages:

  • Romans 5:5
  • Romans 8
  • Romans 15:13
  • 1 Corinthians 12
  • Galatians 4:6
  • Ephesians 3:16
  • Titus 3:5

How can we undermine the Spirit?

  • Ephesians 4:30
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:19

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About the Author:

Garth has devoted his adult life to impacting people spiritually. Between Bible College and Seminary, he worked on the staffs of churches, a Christian camp, and Christian schools. Since receiving a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1991, he has served as a teaching pastor (12 yrs) and as a consultant with the Church Discipleship Ministry of The Navigators. Convinced that the faith handed down through Scripture is more singular and cohesive than anything he had encountered, in 2008, he founded TrueQuest to help people better understand The Story, and their place in it. His combined experience in traditional ministry, and as a pastor/theologian-at-large, give him a distinct perspective.

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