But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16 ESV)
I had someone give me a new way of understanding how to “walk in the Spirit” last week and it finally made it click for me. So I wanted to share it with you guys.
She explained that we are made of three parts: soul/mind, spirit and flesh.
By receiving The Lord, our spirit is saved.
The flesh will NEVER be saved.
We have to renew our minds daily.
Reading the word and getting an understanding of how to apply it is what renews our mind.
When our flesh is tempted we always have the option to vote with our soul/emotions/mind or vote with our saved spirit.
By renewing our minds daily, we have a greater chance that our mind and spirit will be on the same page and subsequently we walk in the Spirit.
So now I find myself saying to myself “vote with the Spirit.” The change of verbiage made it make sense for me. “Walk in the Spirit” was too vague I guess. Vote makes me conscious that I’m making a choice. Hence, I make better choices.
Before I felt outta control of myself so I was just letting things happen. But now I am keeping myself accountable by voting with the Spirit.
A few years ago, I was meditating on the scripture that says “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” And I thought about it then “if the flesh is weak then the spirit should be winning.” Now I get it. The spirit wins when the soul is on the same page. But that only happens when your soul is filled with knowledge of the Spirit (the Word.)
We sometimes go through situations where we feel like we’re not saved and/or the Spirit isn’t working in us. She gave an illustration using her frayed iPhone charger cord. She said “You see this end? It’s all messed up, but there’s nothing wrong with this end that goes into the wall. There’s nothing wrong with the power source, but the part that produces that power needs to be fixed.” Y’all understand that or naw?
The Holy Ghost is still alive in you. His power still works, but the part that needs to produce the power (your flesh) needs to be fixed.