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					• Jesus had quite a bit to say about walking in
  the spirit, most of it is hidden in parables.

• Throughout history, men have researched
  these mysteries and in some way, mastered
• Some books of recommended reading

  – Brother Lawrence – The Practice of the Presence
    of God – Written in the 1600


  – Anything by Andrew Murray or A. W. Towser
• What does it mean to walk in the spirit?

• We must walk in the Spirit to worship, both in
  Spirit and Truth

• Before we begin, one thing must be said.
• Deu 30:19-20 MSG I call Heaven and Earth to
  witness against you today: I place before you
  Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life
  so that you and your children will live. (20)
  And love GOD, your God, listening obediently
  to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life
  itself, a long life settled on the soil that GOD,
  your God, promised to give your ancestors,
  Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
• Rev 1:6 KJVR And hath made us kings and
  priests unto God and his Father; to him be
  glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
• King

  – You are responsible for the safety, health,
    teaching and welfare of all the people within your
• Priest

  – You are responsible to stand before God and
    make intercession on the behalf of all the people
    in your domain.
• How many accept the responsibility of the
  king and priest that you are created to be?
• God has specifically placed men who seek his
  face and bring his word, to fully equip you for
  the task of being this king and priest.

• 2Ti 3:16-17 KJVR All scripture is given by
  inspiration of God, and is profitable for
  doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
  instruction in righteousness: (17) That the
  man of God may be perfect, thoroughly
  furnished unto all good works.
• How many have received these instructions
  not as a interesting lesson, but draw them
  into their hearts as inspired Word and pull
  from them life to care for the people under
  their watch?

• How many have neglected this precious word
  in favor of “stuff”.
• Hos 4:6 KJVR My people are destroyed for
  lack of knowledge:
• Hos 4:6 KJVR My people are destroyed for
  lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected
• Hos 4:6 KJVR My people are destroyed for
  lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected
  knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou
  shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast
  forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget
  thy children.
• Every teaching that comes from the mouth of
  God is both a blessing and a cursing

     A blessing if you will receive it and apply it

     A cursing if you hear, but don’t listen.
• Rom 8:6-8 AMP Now the mind of the flesh [which is
  sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death
  [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin,
  both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy]
  Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].
  (7) [That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its
  carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it
  does not submit itself to God's Law; indeed it cannot.
  (8) So then those who are living the life of the flesh
  [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal
  nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable
  to Him
                          The Body

                   Carnal Man (Mind / Soul)

                            T p
The Voice of God            h r
                            e i
• In order for the spirit to communicate with His
  Spirit, the carnal man must step aside and
  allow that to happen.

• This is the nature of walking in the spirit.

• Any questions?
• Why are we looking at this?

• We learned last week about Truth and the
  importance of Truth.

• Now we need to add Spirit to Truth, for
  without both of them, we cannot worship.
• Growing in your spiritual walk takes time and
  cannot be rushed.

• It is not something that can be rushed or

  – Mat 11:12 MSG For a long time now people have
    tried to force themselves into God's kingdom.

• Mar 4:26-29 MSG Then Jesus said, "God's
  kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a
  man (27) who then goes to bed and forgets
  about it. The seed sprouts and grows--he has
  no idea how it happens. (28) The earth does
  it all without his help: first a green stem of
  grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain. (29)
  When the grain is fully formed, he reaps--
  harvest time!
• Your thinking has to transform into something
  that is acceptable to God – not forced

• We understand that God looks on the heart,
  and judges the heart above everything else.
• Gal 5:22-23 KJVR But the fruit of the Spirit is
  love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
  goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance:
  against such there is no law.

• What happens if we “force” the fruit?
• What is being “covered up” if we force the
  fruit out?

• Gal 5:19-21 KJVR Now the works of the flesh are
  manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication,
  uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20) Idolatry,
  witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath,
  strife, seditions, heresies, (21) Envyings, murders,
  drunkenness, revellings, and such like: … that they
  which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of
• Instead of trying to make “fruit” appear,
  would it not be better to instead repent and
  then obey the Word?

• The hard part about obeying the Word is the
  transformation of your thoughts into thoughts
  acceptable to Jesus.
• Look at the life of Peter

• The apostles had just recently returned from
  their trip where they cast out devils and
  healed people by the power of Jesus name.

• Jesus asked a question of the disciples
  – Mat 16:15 KJVR He saith unto them, But whom
    say ye that I am?
• Mat 16:21 MSG Then Jesus made it clear to his
  disciples that it was now necessary for him to go
  to Jerusalem, submit to an ordeal of suffering at
  the hands of the religious leaders, be killed, and
  then on the third day be raised up alive.

• Mat 16:22 MSG Peter took him in hand,
  protesting, "Impossible, Master! That can never
• What do you think of Peter for doing this?

• Mat 16:23 MSG But Jesus didn't swerve.
  "Peter, get out of my way. Satan, get lost. You
  have no idea how God works."

• In one instance Peter is king, the next he is the
• But was he really? Where did the real
  problem lie?

• Rom 8:7-8 GNB And so people become enemies of
  God when they are controlled by their human
  nature; for they do not obey God's law, and in fact
  they cannot obey it. (8) Those who obey their
  human nature cannot please God.
• We are aware that listening to carnal mind
  will cause us to die, but how do you avoid it?

• Paul wrote Rom 7:23-24 ASV (23) but I see a
  different law in my members, warring against
  the law of my mind, and bringing me into
  captivity under the law of sin which is in my
  members. (24) Wretched man that I am!
  who shall deliver me out of the body of this
• What you have to do is learn how to
  transform your thinking, to press away from
  you the things that cause you to stray.

• You will find that it is not necessary to seek
  after God, he will seek after you if you can
  unlearn how to listen to yourself.

• A few important steps
• Php 4:4-5 MSG Celebrate God all day, every
  day. I mean, revel in him! (5) Make it as clear
  as you can to all you meet that you're on their
  side, working with them and not against
  them. Help them see that the Master is about
  to arrive. He could show up any minute!

• When you mind wanders onto other things,
  bring it back to the presence of God.
• Jas 5:7-10 MSG Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently
  for the Master's Arrival. You see farmers do this all
  the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature,
  patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work.
  (8) Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The
  Master could arrive at any time. (9) Friends, don't
  complain about each other. A far greater complaint
  could be lodged against you, you know. The Judge is
  standing just around the corner.
• Php 4:6-7 MSG Don't fret or worry. Instead of
  worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises
  shape your worries into prayers, letting God
  know your concerns. (7) Before you know it,
  a sense of God's wholeness, everything
  coming together for good, will come and
  settle you down. It's wonderful what happens
  when Christ displaces worry at the center of
  your life.
• Rom 8:24-25 MSG That is why waiting does
  not diminish us, any more than waiting
  diminishes a pregnant mother. We are
  enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't
  see what is enlarging us. (25) But the longer
  we wait, the larger we become, and the more
  joyful our expectancy.
• Php 4:8 MSG Summing it all up, friends, I'd say
  you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on
  things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling,
  gracious--the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not
  the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
• Php 4:8-9 MSG Summing it all up, friends, I'd say
  you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on
  things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling,
  gracious--the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not
  the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. (9)
  Put into practice what you learned from me, what
  you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God,
  who makes everything work together, will work you
  into his most excellent harmonies.
• Walking in the Spirit is not so much walking in
  the Spirit as it is refusing to walk in the flesh.

• You get yourself to a point where you really
  understand what is meant by “Joh 4:23-24
  CEV …These are the ones the Father is
  seeking to worship him.

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