In order for us to live a life in the spirit, we have to have God’s spirit live within us. There is a process to living life in the spirit. Though it requires diligence, it is not difficult. The foundation scriptures below, though not all inclusive, will give you some background on the subject of living by God’s Holy Spirit and help increase your ability to live in the spirit.
Life In The Spirit: Scripture Reference
Romans 8:1-8 (TEV)
There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit, which brings us life in union with Christ Jesus, has set me free from the law of sin and death.
What the Law could not do, because human nature was weak, God did. He condemned sin in human nature by sending his own Son, who came with a nature like our sinful nature, to do away with sin.
God did this so that the righteous demands of the Law might be fully satisfied in us who live according to the Spirit, and not according to human nature.
Those who live as their human nature tells them to, have their minds controlled by what human nature wants. Those who live as the Spirit tells them to, have their minds controlled by what the Spirit wants.
To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.
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.
Those who obey their human nature cannot please God.
Romans 8:11 (TEV) If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of His Spirit in you.
God’s spirit in us is what causes life in our bodies. Without it there can be no real life. Real life being, the life we proclaim to live as Christ. Devine life. His spirit “quickens us” (makes us alive) internally and causes us to operate as we normally would not be able to function such as in love, in peace with joy, in humility.
Our bodies are flesh and blood but do not matter because if our spirits are alive, then our flesh is dead. If our spirits are alive, our flesh does not matter to us. This is why we are able to love and have joy and have peace beyond what we can understand. It is not us living on our own at this point. It is God’s Spirit living through us. We don’t live by our flesh and blood bodies when God’s Holy Spirit takes over. We live out of our spirit. Our spirit lives for us and on our behalf.
Crucify The Flesh
Once we crucify (deny) our flesh, our spirit is made even more alive and has full influence over everything we do. Our spirits become the head decision makers and influence over our actions. To get to this point, all we simply have to do is allow it.
This requires us to allow Galatians 5:16-26 to govern our lives. This passage of scripture tells us how to “crucify” the flesh so that our spirit is developed. When we crucify our flesh our spirit can live.
In short, to crucify the flesh means to deny yourself of everything contrary to what the word of God wants and to feed your spirit by consistently staying in the word of God.
In the beginning our flesh is stronger and wants us to keep up certain earthly habits. But as we learn the word of God, which is spirit, we must practice doing the word of God daily as our act of faith. Our flesh does not want to do this because it is very alive; however as we keep reading, studying, obeying and practicing the word of God our flesh dies and our spirit literally takes over. This is how we have victory to live life in the spirit.
Our appetite (desire) changes. We are no longer concerned about TV, the latest gossip, and other worldly things we considered fun or do in excess; but we instead crave things of God like fellowship in His word, praise, worship and spiritual things.
To sum up Galatians 5:16-26, living life in the spirit requires discipline. If we stick to doing the things of God, we get better at it and stronger. Then we want to do more of it. It is similar to working out. When you go through a program of discipline and start to get results, you like the results you get and it makes you want to do more.
The Holy Spirit
After a period of discipline, we have a “Promise” of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:15) which takes us to a new level. We are then able to understand the things of the spirit. We are able to discern things that are of the spirit and things that are not. We can then say “Amen” to confirm what the spirit is saying. If we are in the spirit, then we can see in the spirit and war in the spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the key to us living a successful and supernatural life in Christ. It/He literally is the answer to all our prayers, our needs, our wants and desires. It/He is the end-all, the be-all.
If we have God’s Holy Spirit (Jesus) dwelling on the inside of us, there is victory all the time. There are no issues. The Holy Spirit is supreme. He reigns for us. He teaches us. He leads us. He guides us. He knows all. He is all. It is how we are able to have the “God” kind of faith.
God’s Holy Spirit is Jesus, now a living Spirit from God. He merges with our spirits to make us like Him. Like God. Psalms 82:7 “And I have said, ye are gods.” If this be true this mean we are just like Jesus and can do anything because it is not us who does it. It is the power of Jesus Christ that we obtained by pursuing and practicing to live life in the spirit.
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