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Walking in the Spirit

Romans 8:3-4

For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin . . . so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Did you notice that the verse you just read is all about God and not about us? Everything from salvation to sanctification to future glorification is a work of God’s Spirit on your behalf. People who “walk in the Spirit” are people who rely on God’s strength, one step at a time.

I have a friend whose testimony illustrates this. He was imprisoned. Early into his incarceration, his sister shared the gospel with him over the phone. He broke into tears and prayed to receive Christ. His first night as a Christian, he began reading a Bible. A fellow inmate, who could not read, saw him and asked him to start a Bible study. My friend had no idea what to say or do. Upon arriving at the study, the same inmate slipped a devotional book into his hand and asked him to read it. That particular devotional was about giving your heart to Jesus. When he finished, several men said, “How do we do it?” My friend didn’t know what to say. Another inmate handed him a bookmark and said, “You might want to read this.” The bookmark was entitled “How to Be Saved,” and it outlined the gospel message. He read each step aloud, and four inmates prayed to receive Christ that night! When this newly converted inmate had a problem, God was ready with His provision.

When you admit your helplessness to God, He accomplishes His desires, for His glory alone. His provision will always be just what you need, when you need it most. It might not be anything all that special to anyone else, but to you it will be unmistakable evidence that you are walking in the Spirit . . . even if it’s nothing more than a little bookmark!