One surest way to avoid sin and the manifestation of the flesh is to walk in the spirit. Apostle Paul advised the Galatian to walk in the spirit so that they would not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Gal. 5:16). The spirit in mention is the Holy Spirit and not any other spirit that is not of God.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit was selective and temporary in the lives of Old Testament believers. Many times, the scripture will say the spirit of the Lord was upon someone, mostly, servants of God. Occasionally, God gives to whomever He pleases as long as the person will deliver His message. However, after the departure of our Lord Jesus Christ, He delivers the Holy Spirit to all believers down to the present age. The Holy Spirit lives with all believers who allowed Him in their lives.
At salvation, it is noticed that every convert seems to be burning for Christ, they are ready to do whatever they are told to do. Why? The Holy Spirit is in control. As the convert continues to grow – time wise, in the Christian race, if the believer does not grow spiritually, all sorts of temptations will peep through the window of his mind. If he grows spiritually, the Spirit suppresses every appearances of adamic nature or the nature and power of sin. If he does not, he falls into diverse temptations, which if he is not careful he will commit sin.
Man by nature is prone and inclining toward committing sin every moment of his life, unless such a man becomes, regenerated. He satisfies his desire and pleases himself rather than pleasing God. A regenerated individual in not of flesh but of the spirit and therefore, will do that which is approve of God. However, it does not matter how long you have been in the faith or when you were born again as an indication that you have rid yourself of flesh. The regenerating time is a period of hibernation for the flesh. As long as you remain in the faith and spirit filled, the flesh will never have an occasion to manifest. It therefore implies that while a person is spirit filled the flesh is still in him, but silenced. The choice to be used by the flesh lies with the individual: that is why the Bible declared that “walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).
To walk in the spirit is to obey the laws and commandments of the Lord; keeping within the boundary of His yard; and observing and maintaining righteousness and holiness. Many are claiming that the present age is under dispensation of grace, therefore, they can do and undo. They satisfy their desires without minding whether they did it according to the will of God or not. They played with sin and called it modern way of life and pleasure. Truly, the present dispensation is under grace, but being under grace should not be an occasion for any Christian to play or commit sin.
As a Christian, you need to know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump (1Cor. 5:6). There is no small sin; sin is sin: whether it is grievous or slight. A little sin defiles any righteousness.

Why walk in the Spirit?
The only way you can incapacitate every works of the flesh and mortify sin in your life is to be filled with the Holy Spirit every moment of your life.
The works of the Holy Spirit are these
• He guides in all truth
• He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He made the world to know that Jesus bore and paid for our sin; that Jesus’ death on the cross, his righteousness is the consideration for our forgiveness; and that satan has been judged on the cross and those who will follow him will be judge likewise.
• He will tell things to come (Jn. 16:13-15)
• He will speak to you
• He will declare what is from the Father and of the Son
• He will demonstrate the truth of Christ plainly without contradiction
• He anoints (1Jn. 2:20, 27), Baptizes (Acts 2:17- ), empowers (Mic. 3:8), gives discernment and teaches (1Cor. 2:10-16; 1Jn. 4:1-5).
• He bears fruit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:22,23).
These and more are what the Holy Spirit will do and after you have allow Him to dwell in you, your life will be transformed, devoid of any sin. The Holy Spirit will not teach you anything outside what is true; what the law says; what the gospel is and the word of God in general. Therefore, whatever you do; whatever you say; and whatever manner you exhibit: make sure you are under the directive of the Holy Spirit.
Two key points are necessary, which will help you to walk in the spirit.
1. Pray always
2. Read and meditate on the word of God always.

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  3. Do not kill the spirit
  4. Not by power nor by might; but by the spirit of God

About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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