Certainly, we must resist the spirit of the world and the fleshly desires it fosters. Doing so is worth our earnest effort as Paul states, ‘That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.’ (Romans 8:4-8).
Walking by spirit involves accepting the leading of the Holy Spirit, allowing the Holy Spirit to influence you. You might say that it means to be governed by the Holy Spirit in your daily activities. ‘This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.’ (Galatians 5:16-18).
It will help to set your mind on the things of the spirit and cooperate with the leading of the Holy Spirit, rather than let yourself be controlled by fleshly desires. As Holy Spirit operates in you, you manifest godly qualities. You realize, though, that this calls for effort on your part. You can live up to your dedication by doing your best and relying on God’s Spirit. Granted, it is not easy for us imperfect humans to live up to our dedication to our perfect God. That is the reason we ought to rely on God’s Spirit to guide us. We need God’s Spirit so that we can lead a life dedicated to Him. To maintain faith in this world, we need the help of God’s Holy Spirit.
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