Living By The Spirit, Walking By The Spirit

Series: Finished Works

Kobus Swart                            Sunday 1st November 2009

Gal. 5:25; 2 Kings 6:14-17; Heb. 4:12; Heb. 11:1-3; John 5:19;

1 John 4:4; Rev. 1:9-10; Rev. 11:15; Heb. 2:8-9

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit (Gal. 5:25). In this verse we find a key to correctly assess and respond to events in our surrounding world. Living by the Spirit is the vertical connection with God. Spiritually, it puts you in an elevated position. Walking in the Spirit is living out that life in our relational world. Young people especially today are intensely connected on the Internet, but relationally disconnected. When it comes to the vertical connection and interpreting the signs of the times, they often lose direction. Our minds are amazingly busy digesting the impulses, messages and information beamed at us. It clutters our minds, affects the vertical connection so that we fail to live by (from) the Spirit. This should be a pretty normal thing for Christians, to be connected to the heavenly source, and not be fearful when they read the world situation through the eyes of the media. We should know better.

There were some qualities in the Old Testament prophets that need to be reactivated in our time. Watch how Elisha reacted to “bad news” as reported by his servant: Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kings 6:17). He was not disturbed by what the natural eye could see. Living by (from) the Spirit, enables us to see the reality which is invisible to the natural eye.

General preaching has somehow lost the ability to equip even this young generation to walk in the Spirit. Programs have been designed to keep them occupied and to entertain them.  Actually, meetings are there to equip and instruct the believer to live and walk in the Spirit. Then you will even be able to face your emotional, financial and other relational battles. We have been spoilt with a sound connection that opens our revelation faculties, that makes us spiritual beings able to live in the Spirit so that we can walk in the Spirit. We can do all sorts of things to help people, but unless they connect to a Living Word, their sense of release is temporary. The average Christian is sadly only looking to become a member of a church and is not necessarily looking to connect to a Living Word coming from a sent one.

For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb 4:12). The dividing between soul and spirit has to happen in order for us to be effectively equipped. People craving answers on the soul plane, need to sit under a Living Word so that so they can see the difference between the soul and spirit-man. My soul must come under the rule of my spirit-man. Unless this happens we cannot taste the victorious walk in the Spirit. Life becomes a roller coaster.

Reality is not necessarily always in what we see, feel and taste; it is not in the sense realm. Reality is in the invisible realm. Everything we see comes from the unseen realm. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible (Heb 11:1-3).

Simon: What I do is not based on how I feel. What I believe (know) dictates what I do and how I feel. Everything out there is geared to invoke an emotion in you. We are dictated to by how we feel and it’s in the emotions that we all go wrong.

Kobus: The pattern Son, who is Jesus, was never disturbed by the situation around Him. We must conform to the image of the Son. Jesus lived connected; He did nothing unless He saw His Father doing it. That means He lived by the Spirit which made Him walk from that connection/relationship.

There are enough warning signals now that can drive fear into people. We must emerge as a people living in another realm, with a smile on our face in the midst of a storm. Why? Because we know something the world does not know. If we live from the spirit it will change our behavioral patterns, it will change the way we behave in society. We have to have a biblical response to panic news. We must live from elevated sight; we must see things from the finished perspective.

Daniel: When Jesus was in the boat surrounded by the storm, He was not in a different set of circumstances, but His frame of reference was different from that of the disciples, always in touch with the reality behind the visible.

Kobus: John on the isle of Patmos was able to see the finish. The key was in what God said, “Come up higher.” He was in the spirit, and he saw. Everything John wrote was in past tense; “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever” (Rev. 11: 15). We are a people of the finish. If we see things from the finish, we will not panic about the outcome. The prophetic dimension that has to hit this house afresh is that of elevated sight. I want to see the finish and work in that direction. That prophetic DNA is even going to deliver us from making mortality the governing principle of all life.

See the past tense here: You have put all things in subjection under His feet.  For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him. But we do see Him (Heb 2:8-9). The kingdom of God is here and it is real, irrespective of what chaos is visible. True perpective comes when we see HIM!

Keep your eyes on the pattern Son! Grow into full sonship; move beyond just being a member on a data base. Let the peace of God emanate from the corporate Son, and arrest the fears and negativity in our surrounding culture!