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Lessons of the Walk

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But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do (Gal. 5:16–17).

During the COVID-19 lockdown, we had limited freedom except to walk to buy our basic needs during set hours of the day. Walking became a regular practice for me, as it helped me enter one of my sanctuaries—the place where God dwells.

I relate to the Psalmist, who had many questions he needed answered. Then in Psalm 73:16–17, he writes that it was in the sanctuary of God where things began to make sense. There hasn’t been much that has made sense these past six months. Therefore, we all need a fresh understanding as we enter His dwelling place and begin to walk with Him.

Walking freely in the Spirit should be as natural as breathing. This freedom can be hindered when we allow things to get in the way, like religious legalism or emotional brokenness from wounds and pain.

One of the most common ways our freedom can be stifled is by our agreement with the lies of Satan that can become obstacles in our path. It is by walking in the Spirit that we can keep moving forward. I have used the following five practices to help me engage and find freedom through the Holy Spirit.

Surrender of the Will

My will is defined as my choice or desire. I open my hands as an act of my will and say, “Come Holy Spirit, fill me. I want to hear you and see you.” The decision to surrender your will and align it with the Spirit is the most powerful step toward clearing a path to walk with the Spirit.

Listening to the Voice of God

It is important for us to learn to listen to and discern the voice of God from all others. I am often concerned by the responses I receive to these two questions: “Does God speak to you? How does God speak to you?” This is an often misunderstood and under-practiced part of walking with God.

Listening is a key element of walking in the Spirit, and we should do so intentionally so that we know God and His voice. He is always speaking through His Spirit, so we must recognize the different ways the Spirit speaks and place ourselves in a position and posture to listen.

Intentional Reflection

Ungrieved seasons of trauma and difficulty in our lives take up more of our emotional capacity. The discipline of grieving losses and processing change prepares us to receive the new that is coming.

A time of reflection asks the Holy Spirit to show us what needs to be grieved, what needs to change, what we need to give up, and what we must keep. Reflection also includes naming what we learned and what we are thankful for. It is not only hearing answers to our questions but also being prompted by the Spirit to ask the right questions.

Centering and Aligning

We recognize that we don’t always get it right. There are days of discouragement and complaining that rob us of peace and joy. It may be a feeling of heaviness or wondering where God is when evil lurks nearby. When you recognize a need to re-center, look for Jesus in your day and life. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to realign yourself under the presence of God.

We often allow Satan to use distractions of all shapes and forms to keep us off course. A distraction I have while walking is the Muslim call to prayer that echoes throughout the streets in the city where I currently serve. We can choose to allow these disruptions to invade our thoughts or we can use them to call on the Holy Spirit for focus, centering, a quiet space, and vision.

Receive Revelation

During an Alliance chapel event in May, David Hearn, president of The Alliance in Canada, said, “Isolation opens the door for revelation.” We all have been in some level of forced isolation, which has allowed for a season ripe for revelation. We are to seek, ask, and wait for revelation as promised in Acts 3:18–19.

I’ve been praying for a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit over the world and for God to pour out His Spirit on men and women to receive visions, dreams, and prophesies. I pray while I walk for a fresh work and presence of the Holy Spirit in Christians and for non-Christians to see new visions and dreams of Jesus. I pray for people by name and for myself to receive a manifestation of Acts 3:18–19.

Revelation is an important step of walking in the Spirit. In times of personal unease and restlessness, stop and ask for a revelation: “Holy Spirit, where are these feelings coming from, what do You want me to know, and what is Your truth in this situation?” We are invited to keep asking the Holy Spirit for new revelation. God does not want us walking around blind—He wants us to see with His eyes and live in His truth. We need to ask for revelation!

I invite you to join me in walking in step with the Spirit and applying these five practices. It’s foundational to our faith journey to surrender, listen, reflect, align, and receive revelation. And then keep walking because there is more to come, including the fruit and gifts of the Spirit, spiritual authority, and much more. The Spirit of Truth was sent as our Helper because we were not meant to do life on our own. Come Holy Spirit!

1 response to Lessons of the Walk

  1. Thank you for a good much needed lesson. It was a blessing for me to read and meditate on how I am doing in the five steps that you mentioned.
    May the lord bless your sermons and use them to help others seek Gods face again.
    Thankyou for taking the time to check on me @ school.

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