Friday, February 24, 2023

Daily Devotion: Walking in the Spirit

Bible Reading:  Romans 8:1-8 

Key Verse: Verse 1 - "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Key Words: who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit

Have you ever thought about what it really means to walk in the Spirit?  The answer to how we can walk in the Spirit is actually found in Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

If I am to walk in the Spirit, I must be in agreement with the Spirit.  It’s not about my will, but about God’s will being done.  The thing that makes anyone an effective servant is a spirit of agreement with God, which requires our submission and obedience to Him, even when we fail to understand all He is asking and requiring of us.

The following story, I believe, illustrates this point.

At three o’clock one wintry morning, a missionary candidate climbed the steps to the examiner’s home.  He was shown into the study where he waited until eight o’clock for an interview.  Upon arriving, the old clergyman proceeded to ask questions.  ‘Can you spell?’ 

Yes, sir,’ was the reply. 

All right, spell baker.’ 

Baker, b-a-k-e-r.’ 

Fine.  Now do you know anything about figures?’ the examiner inquired.

Yes, sir – something.’ 

How much is twice two?’ 

Four,’ replied the lad. 

That’s splendid,’ returned the old man.  ‘I believe you have passed.  I’ll see the board tomorrow.’

At the board meeting the man submitted his account of the interview.  ‘He has all the qualifications of a missionary,’ he began.  ‘First, I tested him on self-denial.  I told him to be at my house at three o’clock in the morning.  He left a warm bed and came out in the cold without a word of complaint.  Second, I tried him on promptness.  He appeared on time.  Third, I examined him on patience.  I made him wait five hours to see me, after telling him to come at three.  Fourth, I tested him on temper.  He failed to show any sign of it; he didn’t even question my delay.  Fifth, I tried his humility.  I asked him questions that a five-year-old child could answer, and he showed no indignation.  So you see, I believe this lad meets the requirements.  He will make the missionary we need.”

If I am to succeed spiritually, I must walk in the Spirit.

What to do:
✞ Walk in the Spirit, not the flesh.
✞ Understand if walking in the Spirit means that I am in agreement with God, then walking in the flesh must mean I am in agreement with the world.

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