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16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25

While there's been tremendous speculation about what it means to walk in the spirit, with some denominations developing this whole religious philosophy about it that had little baring on reality, little baring on what the Scriptures actually teach, some, particularly those in Word of Faith circles have accurately assessed from the Scriptures that walking in the spirit is walking in the Word of God. Scripture asserts as much in numerous places, though most readily known by a larger percentage of believers to be contained in John chapter 6 where it says:

63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

The Word of Christ, or the Words of the Anointed One and with regards to [and originating from] His Anointing are spirit and they are life. We're also told in John chapter 1:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Yet with all of this clarification that many believers have received in recent decades through some of the better teaching that's emerged in the Body of Christ, seems to me that we've been ignoring a major part of:

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25

And this same terminology appears elsewhere in Scripture:

7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2Corinthians 5:7

Before anyone reading this gets quick with this Scripture coming to mind:

17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

which some translations render from other ancient Greek manuscripts as: so then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ, I'm not talking about the same issue. What are the Scriptures referring to when they're referring to someone's walk? Many believers would be quick to cite the partial answer:

20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, and health/medicine to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil. 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; lend your ear to my understanding, 2 That you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge. Proverbs 4:20-5:2

Again, while walking by the Word would be walking in the spirit, what are the Scriptures referring to when they're referring to someone's walk? Notice Colossians chapter 2:6-7 from both the NKJV and from the CLV:

6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7

6 As, then, you accepted Christ Jesus, the Lord, be walking in Him, 7 having been rooted and being built up in Him, and being confirmed in the faith according as you were taught, superabounding in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7

If we skip past some of the process terminology and get right to the language of what we're supposed to do, this says: As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, established in the faith, superabounding in it with thanksgiving. Walking in the spirit is walking in thanksgiving. Some Pentecostals would say that it's instead an ongoing communication with God in other tongues, but the Scriptures say:

15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. 16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say? 17 For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is is not edified. 18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all... 1Corinthians 14:15-18

So evidently, whether walking with one's understanding or while speaking in other tongues, thanksgiving is involved in both. We're to be superabounding in thanksgiving in order to superabound in the faith. We're to be superabounding in thanksgiving in order to walk in Him. Some believers have struggled with their need to superabound in thanksgiving, thinking it's overly repetitive and in there mind somehow that disqualifies it as phoney, not enough from the heart, or whatever, but we're dealing with spiritual realities rather than intellectual or emotional though both the intellect and the emotions will reap some of the fruit of superabounding with thanksgiving. We're told in Matthew 12:

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. Matthew 12:33-35

Since anyone can speak good things, Lord Jesus is very clearly referring to superabounding in speaking good things. Colossians 2:6-7 talks about “having been rooted and being built up.” That's through repetition that some mock at with calling it mindless repetition. God's not even remotely interested in what a carnal mind has to think about the process. This is how you walk in the spirit, or walk by faith and not by sight. Going back to the passage we looked at from 1Corinthians 14:

15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. 16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say? 17 For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is is not edified. 18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all... 1Corinthians 14:15-18

Clearly giving thanks is a regular feature of speaking in other tongues through the power of the Holy Spirit upon one's life. And we're told in Jude 1:20:

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

So evidently superabounding in thanksgiving, while it may be mindless repetition to some, that they'd lump in with the repetitiveness that Jesus forbade in the Sermon on the Mount, according to this, this is building up on your most holy faith. Superabounding in thanksgiving is most holy faith rather than most holy sight:

7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2Corinthians 5:7

Going by what Hollywood would have to say about what the spirit realm is, they'd have it be the domain of Casper, but Romans chapter 2 and other areas of the New Testament reveal it to be the realm of the conscience. A better term than spirit realm would therefore be conscience-realm, and in the realm of conscience thanksgiving is paramount to being able to navigate through the promises of God's Word, through the experiences with the Holy Spirit that God has intended for believers to have, and through one's faith superabounding above the realm of sight, or what's seen with the 5 physical senses, including the eyes. The only reason superabounding in thanksgiving is awkward is because we have not only a very self-centered society that's been created by the surveillance society where everything and everyone lives for one's own petting zoo, but because of people living very violent lives against their conscience rather than walking after their conscience rather than after what their flesh sees in this surveillance society.

Begin walking in Him, per Colossians 2:6-7, by introducing half an hour a day of thanksgiving, or at least 10 to 20 minutes. Ideally you'd do this 3 to 6 times a day with introducing at least 5 minutes of thanksgiving into your conscience's repetiore of how you live in this world. Spend several months, faithfully doing that everyday 'til you've retrained yourself to be more conscious of your thanksgiving superabounding and then keep it at that level and go beyond that level and superabound some more:

6 As, then, you accepted Christ Jesus, the Lord, be walking in Him, 7 having been rooted and being built up in Him, and being confirmed in the faith according as you were taught, superabounding in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:16-17

 

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