Walking in the Spirit (part 1)

 

WALKING IN THE SPIRIT (PART 1)

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)  CHRISTIANITY IS A WAY OF LIFE THAT IS BOTH MYSTICAL AND PRACTICAL IN ITS OUTWORKING ACCORDING TO WADE TAYLOR, FOUNDER OF PINECREST BIBLE TRAINING CENTER.

A)       SALVATION IS OF THE HEART CREATING A MYSTICAL UNION WITH JESUS CHRIST, BUT WE ARE ALSO TOLD TO WORK OUT OUR SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING.

B)       WHEN WE ARE SAVE GOD MAKES A DEPOSIT OF THE PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT INTO US TO HELP US TO LIVE FOR HIM:

1)    SPEAKING TO BELIEVERS IN THE CHURCH OF CORINTH PAUL SAID: 1 Cor 3:16-17: Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? NIV

2)    2 Cor 1:21-22: Now it is God who makes both you and us stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. NIV

C)      GALATIANS 5:25 “IF WE LIVE IN THE SPIRIT LET US ALSO WALK IN THE SPIRIT.”

1)      LIVING IN THE SPIRIT LIFTS US UP INTO A REALM OF FELLOWSHIP AND REVELATION WITH OUR LORD THAT IS UNFOLDED AND REVEALED IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY WALK WITH CHRIST.

2)      WALKING IN THE SPIRIT RELATES OUR SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE TO EVERYDAY LIVING.  OUR SPIRITUAL WALK AND RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST MUST IN A PROFOUND WAY AFFECT OUR DAILY LIVING.

II)    THIS SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE WAS EXHIBITED BY OUR LORD“AND THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, AND DWELT AMONG US, (AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY, THE GLORY OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER) FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH” JOHN 1:14

A)       THE MANIFESTATION OF GOD IN JESUS WAS NOT LIMITED TO AN INTELLECTUAL CONCEPT OF UNDERSTANDING

B)       THE ETERNAL WORD CAME DOWN TO AN EARTHLY MANAGER AND LIVED AMONG ACHIEVING TOTAL VICTORY BRINGING SALVATION TO US TO ALL WHO BELIEVE ON HIM.

C)      AS OUR EXAMPLE JESUS WAS BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT BY JOHN BEFORE HE BEGAN HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY.

D)      HE LIVED AMONG US BUT HE MAINTAINED AN INTIMATE FELLOWSHIP AND COMMUNION WITH THE FATHER, NOT SAYING OR DOING ANTHING THAT WAS NOT OF THE FATHER.

III)           THERE IS A PRACTICAL WORKING OUT OF OUR SALVATION THROUGH THE EXPERIENCES IN OUR LIFE.

A)       JESUS TAUGHT AND MINISTERED IN VERY PRACTICAL WAY, RELATING ETERNAL TRUTH TO FAMILIAR THINGS THAT ORDINARY PEOPLE COULD UNDERSTAND.

B)      JESUS SAID “LET HIM THAT HATH AN EAR HEAR” INDICATING THAT THERE IS A DEEPER VEIN OF TRUTH AVAILABLE TO EACH OF US WHOSE HEART HAS BEEN PREPARED (AS THE SOIL) TO UNDERSTAND:

1)    1 Corinthians 2:11 -12 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

2)     1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.

C)      IN OUR LORD’S DEALINGS WITH US THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL PROGRESSION WHICH LEADS FROM THE “SHALLOWS” OR THE IMMATURE, SHALLOW CHRISTIAN RELATIONSHIP TO THE “DEPTHS OF GOD”  WHERE OUR WILL HAS BEEN SO INTERTWINED WITH HIS THAT WE BECOME THE EXTENSION OF CHRIST IN THE EARTH.  WE BECOME HIS HANDS AND FEET,  DOING HIS WITH SUPERNATURAL EASE.

D)      “DEEP CALLETH UNTO DEEP.  AT THE NOISE OF THY WATER SPOUTS, ALL THY WAVES AND THY BILLOWS ARE GONE OVER ME.”  PS 42:7

E)       THE IMPASSIONED (DEEP) DESIRE OF THE LORD FOR FELLOWSHIP IS CALLING  FOR UNRESTRICTED FELLOWSHIP WITH US – THOSE THAT HE HAS REDEEEMED AND RECONCILED TO HIMSELF.

 IV)          THERE IS A SPIRITUAL POTENTIAL REVEALED THAT OUR NATURAL MAN IS NOT AWARE OF AND WOULD NATURALLY CRINGE OR DRAW BACK FROM.

A)       WE ARE DRAWN OUT INTO HIS DEPTHS WHERE HE IS OUR LORD – OUR FEET CAN NO LONGER TOUCH BOTTOM – WE BECOME TOTALLY DEPENDENT UPON HIM.

B)       THAT IS WHEN THE SUPERNATURAL INTERVENTION OF GOD CAN BECOME NORMAL.  (READ LUKE 5:1 – 11)

1)    JESUS INSTRUCTED SIMON TO PUT OUT INTO THE DEEP WATER AND LET DOWN HIS NETS FOR A CATCH.  (ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE IN WHAT GOD WAS GOING TO DO.)

2)    SIMON HAVING EXPERIENCED A NIGHT OF LABOR WITHOUT REWARD COMPLAINED THAT THEY HAD WORKED ALL NIGHT WITHOUT CATCHING ANY FISH.

3)    SIMON’S SALVATION WAS THAT HE HAD SOME SPIRITUAL INSIGHT AND RECOGNIZED THE MASTER OF THE SITUATION.

4)    BECAUSE OF HIS OBEDIENCE HE GOT TO SEE THE AWESOME POTENTIAL THAT WE HAVE IN CHRIST, CATCHING SO MANY FISH THAT THE NETS BEGAN TO BREAK.

5)    PETER RECOGNIZED HIS SINFULNESS, IN THE PRESENCE OF JESUS THE MASTER, WHO DEMONSTRATED HIS LORDSHIP OVER EVERY SITUATION.

6)    THERE IS A LESSON IN THIS FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE TRYING TO DO THE LORD’S WORK.

7)    THERE AND THEN SIMON PETER ANSWERED THE CALL TO FOLLOW THE LORD AND BECOME FISHERS OF MEN.   THEY PULLED THEIR BOATS UP ON THE SHORE AND LEFT EVERYTHING TO FOLLOW HIM.

V)           THE PRIMARY AND NECESSARY EVIDENCE OF WALKING IN THE SPIRIT (OR WITH THE SPIRIT) OF GOD IS THAT WE WILL BEAR THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT.

A)      THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS WHAT DISTINGUISHES US FROM THE WORLD AND GIVES PRIMARY EVIDENCE OF THE NATURE OF GOD IN BELIEVERS, EVIDENCE THAT WE ARE CHRISTIANS, FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST:  Gal 5:22 – 23: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. NIV

B)      THESE STAND IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE FRUIT OF THE SINFUL UNGODLY NATURE WITH WHICH WE WERE BORN: Gal 5:19-21: The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. NIV

C)      Gal 5:23-26: Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. NIV

D)      PAUL WARNED THE CHURCH OF GALATIA AND US THAT THOSE WHO BEAR THE FRUIT OF THE SINFUL NATURE WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. (GAL 5:21)

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