Walking in the Spirit

What is “walking in the Holy Spirit”?

As we understand the spiritual things of our life and salvation, we understand that there is a contention, a very strong spiritual fight going on between God and Satan within our life, and our natural man nature supports Satan’s end, rebellion against God, and the indwelling Holy Spirit support God’s end, the spiritual man walking in holiness and piety. So we need to define walking in the Spirit.

Definition: Walking in the Spirit

We can also consider this as being the same as “walking by the Spirit”. Walking in the Spirit is daily living as God would have us to live. The image of Christ is also this “moral target” for us to focus on. A Spirit-filled person or a person yielding his or her life to the direction of the Holy Spirit will have certain aspects very prominent in their life and conduct, also in the character, attitudes, and motives.

To “walk in the Spirit” is to not grieve or resist him. It means to “go with the flow” that comes from Him, and this has to be precisely defined. It is not mysticism, nor losing control of one’s own self as in speaking in tongues among Penetcostals, but rather it means being holy as He is holy.

Gal. 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Without crossing over into insisting that all Christians have to be spiritual in order to be saved, because that is not a logical nor biblical conclusion, we need to see the logical and biblical point that the truly saved should try or strive towards always walking in the Holy Spirit. There is such a thing as a carnal Christian, and also a new convert, and these find it very difficult to “walk in the Spirit”, yet we would defend that they are truly saved none-the-less.

“Walking” metaphor

Why “walking”? A person “walks” when they put one foot before them, and then another, and then another. There is such a thing as having “arrived” in that of walking. It is a constant putting one foot out then another. The Christian life in the Holy Spirit is made up of many “small steps”, accumulating into many, many steps. You must make good godly decisions, but having made one or two or three or a dozen, you cannot ever stop. You must fight, struggle, and press on to constant make more and more. How does a runner run a marathon? He never even starts unless he puts that first foot forward. But equally, he is not running unless he continues to do the same over and over. But even that is not going to give him the winner’s cup. Victory for a runner is to cross the finish line FIRST! He strives by abounding in steps. He never rests, he never slows down, he never gets distracted. His mind is focused on striving. A good runner competes against excellent runners, he knows he is not going to win probably because there are better runners in the race, but he wants to get as close to first place as he possibly can. This is “striving”. Energy and the force of will are applied to being in the first place.

Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Paul strived or “pressed toward the mark for the prize” to illustrate this principle. He constantly exerted more and more energy and effort to be in the will of God.

Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Paul compared everything important in his life as nothing besides the one main thing, his salvation relationship with Christ. Knowing Christ as his Savior surpassed everything else that could count for something in this life. This is where walking with Christ, being filled with the Holy Spirit begins.

Rejecting a life given over to our sinful nature, our pleasures

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 

Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Salvation is a jewel cast in contrast, what we were before, and what we are after being saved. The reality of our salvation is confirmed to us by the changes the Spirit makes in our life from the before to the after pictures.


When the Holy Spirit indwells and fills a person, we have to insist that the main consequence is that that person is holy. Yes, all the saved are called “saints”, and are, therefore “holy”. But the indwelling Spirit presses that person to be filled with the Holy Spirit such that their life and conduct, the bare essence of their being is holy because God is Holy.

From righteousness indwelling in us, changing and remaking our moral fiber and character comes the shining forth of this righteous holiness into the spirit fruit or evidence of the Spirit in us.

Spiritual Fruit

The various gems of the fruit of the spirit are actually the different facets of the diamond of holiness. While each has its own breadth, height, and profoundness, they are all related to holiness, the Spirit of God dwelling within us.



In Jude 1:20, we see that the Holy Spirit helps, motivates, and guides Christians yielded to the Spirit in how they pray. (We can add frequency as well as the intensity of the prayers.) The “deal-breaker” in prayer is that God is not going to listen to or fulfill prayers that are not in his will. God’s will means the thing is profitable and beneficial to you, and being out of or against God’s will means that the thing you are desiring will result in bad consequences for you in this life or in eternity or in both.

Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

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