So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:16-18 NIV
Do you like to walk? I enjoy walking with family and friends. I love walking and listening to our NewLife worship team or classic sermons. I’ve got an apple watch that keeps up with my walking. It keeps an accurate record of miles, steps, pace, and time for each one of my walks. Did you know that you have an internal watch that keeps us with your walking every single day? The Holy Spirit is the clock that keeps on ticking. It calculates your internal desires and behaviors. It reveals the light and exposes the darkness. It measures your daily spiritual walk. Paul was given this internal watch on the road to Damascus. God put His Spirit in his heart. Paul wrote, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want.” Before Paul encountered God, he lived a conflicted life built on the law. God flipped the script. He gave him grace to walk in the Spirit. Listen to Paul’s words, “but if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Paul was led by the Spirit to walk in the Spirit. A.B. Simpson wrote, “The Church was never intended to be a natural and intellectual organization, but a supernatural instrumentality wholly dependent upon the direct power of God for all her efficiency, and therefore, needing to be ever separated from the arm of flesh and the strength of mere human agencies.” Nyack College became a movement for missionaries on the East Coast for centuries under the leadership of A.B. Simpson. God is calling NewLife to become a movement of disciples who are walking in the Spirit. Pray for more spiritual walkers. Pray for walkers who are committed to walking in the Spirit. It’s time to recharge our spiritual watches. It’s time to revive our walks with the Spirit of the Living God. When you are walking by the Spirit, you will not have the time to gratify the desires of the flesh. I’m ready to take a walk today, will you join me?