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Galatians 5:22-23, 25
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
As I began the last section of this purpose series, I opened up with acknowledging that living with purpose is living with a relationship with God; you can’t have one without the other. Purpose was created by God for God and comes from Him alone and not of ourselves. But what does that look like? A lot of people have never experienced a true relationship with God, they’ve only experienced religion and it’s driven them away. Some people think God is not intentional or purposeful and He’s just in the trees or in the universe. But for us to be created in His image let’s us know more about Him. We are spirit beings that have minds and live in a body. So, God too is a spirit being that has a mind and lives in a body, which is Jesus Christ. God didn’t create us different from Himself, His first words about us were “Let us create mankind in our image” (Gen 1:26) Mankind is us and the ‘our’ that God was referring to was His spirit, mind, and body. Hopefully I haven’t lost you yet, stay with me!
So, why’s this all important? Because in order to walk with purpose you must walk with God, and if you’re going to walk with God you must acknowledge Him for who he really is and how he walks the life that we walk. God moves and operates in the Spirit, and because we’re created in His image and born again by His Spirit, we too must move and operate in the Spirit. And what does that look like? It looks like instead of doing what you THINK seems right, you acknowledge God in every moment to discern if you’re taking a spiritual approach. Maybe you’ve just lost your job and your first reaction is to immediately scramble for a new one, however, the spiritual approach would be to acknowledge God in that moment and become patient towards your next steps and allow Him to lead you to another job. Do you see? Walking in the mind can lead you away from God but walking in the spirit will lead you towards Him and his purpose for your life. (*Also, all is not lost for your mind, God wants to renew that too! (Eph. 4:23)
Walking in the Spirit also means instead of doing what FEELS right, you acknowledge God in those moments to discern a spiritual approach. You may FEEL like quitting your job because you believe the Lord is calling you to be a writer (all Christian writers have had this feeling), however, the spiritual approach would be to acknowledge God in that moment and become patient towards your next steps and allow God to prepare you in your current job for the career that you’re going to have. Do you see? Walking in the flesh can lead you away from God and the things He needs you to do but walking in the Spirit will lead you towards Him and what he’s purposed you to do.
Walking in the Spirit isn’t hard but it is intentional. Because God is intentional we must have an intentional relationship with Him if we want to experience Him in our lives. We must push past religion and thinking that going to church every Sunday is going to bring us closer to Him. It may be a step in the right direction but it won’t be enough for a deep, intentional relationship with God. We must push past walking in the woods and meditating on blank space and thinking that “the universe” is going to bring us closer to Him. The only way we’re going to get closer is if we draw ourselves closer. We must be intentional. We must be intentional about going to church, we must be intentional about meditating on His Word, and we must be intentional all the time if we want to experience God the way that we desire.
He is real and His purpose for your life is available but you must be intentional about the relationship you have with Him to experience both. If you want to experience God’s voice through His word or dreams or a prophetic word, you must be intentional about those areas. You must wake up every day EXPECTING to experience God. You can not become lax or idle and believe that you will experience His deepness without intentionality. He was intentional when He reached down to us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, just so we could have a relationship with Him. We must be intentional to reach within our spirit to draw from His Spirit so that we can walk, talk, learn, and grow from Him. We must walk with and in the Spirit, in order to, walk with purpose.