Life in the Spirit: A Few Important Things You Need to Know

Here are a three very important things that you need to know about life in the Spirit

1. Do you know what it means to be living in the Spirit. 

The Bible tells us that they that are in the flesh cannot please God. We see this in Romans 8:8: “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”

Paul goes on later in verse 9 to say that living in the Spirit means that you have put away the things of the flesh, such as the carnal way of thinking and have decided to take on a life where you are full of the Holy Spirit. (But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his – Romans 8:9). In other words you are living in God or with God’s Spirit on the inside, when you are living in the Spirit.

Therefore, when you are living in the Spirit this means that:

  • You have made a decision to accept the Holy Spirit to be an integral part of your life. Why is this so important? According to Galatians 5: 19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”. A life with these works of the flesh only leads us directly to hell. On the other hand, a life in/with the Spirit, honors God. We see the characteristics of this type of life described in Galatians 5:22-23 says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

 

2. Did you know that as you live in the spirit, your view of the things must change?

Ephesians 6:12 says: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

There are a set of spiritual forces that come against us in every area of life. There is a demonic war against our lives and the devil will use whoever he will to come against us.

Therefore when we live in the Spirit, we see in the spirit and realise that whatever comes up against, is not an attack on our flesh, but rather something deeper that is happening on a spiritual level.

3. Did you know that there is a set of Spiritual ammunition that help you fight in the Spirit in order to destroy all spiritual/demonic/fleshy attacks?

Our response must therefore be a spiritual response, where we employ the Holy Spirit and His ammunition to help us.

This ammunition is seen in Ephesians 6:13-18:

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


 

If you remember nothing that I have said in this article, remember this one thing:

If we are living in the flesh (carnal way of life and living in sin) we cannot please God. We have been originally made for God’s pleasure, so if our lives are not pleasurable towards Gods, then this is time for a change. It is time to get back to the original plan for our lives which God has set out. Yes, because we live in a sinful and fallen world, our flesh adopts that nature, but today is the day to make the decision to come back to Christ and live His original plan for us, which is to live in the Spirit, so that we can shun the pits of hell and ultimately have everlasting life.

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JESUS SURELY IS THE ONLY WAY

Is Jesus the Only Way?

Our pluralistic culture offers a variety of “ways” to heaven. Many of the so-called truths overlook the need for Jesus-or a savior of any kind. God’s Word, however, reveals Jesus as the only way to salvation. He is:
  • God’s Son sent to earth by a loving Father (see John 3:16)
  • God’s plan to save that which was lost (see Matt. 18:11)
  • God incarnate, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (see Luke 2)
  • The second person of the Trinity, endorsed at baptism by the Father: “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased'” (Matt. 3:17, NKJV).
  • God’s perfect sacrificial lamb to redeem humankind: “‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!'” (Rev. 5:12). “‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!'” (John 1:29).

Jesus’ role as the only way to salvation is confirmed in numerous Bible passages. One is Galatians 3:13: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law [Adam’s original sin], having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’).” Jesus Himself declared: “‘For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me'” (John 6:38).He also said: “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'” (John 14:6). Jesus even revealed His unique role as humankind’s only Savior to Pilate: “‘For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world'” (John 18:37).

God’s Word further testifies that Jesus is our only Savior, describing Him as “the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1-2).

In his book So What’s the Difference? Fritz Ridenour boldly endorses Jesus’ unique and singular role as the only way to salvation: “Mohammed is dead. Buddha is dead. Confucius is dead. But the Bible affirms that Christ is alive; and because He lives, the Christian will live also, eternally.”

No one other than Jesus can claim to have risen from the dead. No other name is “above every name” (Phil. 2:9)-save that of our only Lord and Savior.

If you have any question about whether Jesus is the only way to salvation-look to God’s Word. As God-breathed (see 2 Tim. 3:16), the Bible is infallible (without error) and inerrant (never failing). It can be trusted to be true in its endorsement of Jesus as the singular way to gain eternal life.

Read the words of Jesus: John 6:48John 10:9 and John 14:6.

In each of the above Scriptures, Jesus presents a word image (or metaphor) of Himself that illustrates His position as the only way to salvation. Note-preceding each of the metaphors is the article “the.” This article establishes that the description is unique to Jesus—the bread, the door and the way.

John 6:48-Here, Jesus says of Himself: “‘I am the bread of life.'” In the previous verse (47), He reveals His divine authority—the one and only authority that can offer us everlasting life: “‘Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.'”

In calling Himself “the bread of life,” Jesus teaches that it is He-and only He-who can offer us life now and life to come. Confirmation of this truth is found in John 6:51: “‘I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.'”

John 10:9-In this verse, Jesus says: “‘I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.'” Only through the one door (or gate, as some Bible versions say)—through Jesus our Savior—can any of us enter into heaven.

John 14:6-Jesus claims: “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” His statement-“‘No one comes to the Father except through Me'”—confirms His position as God’s Son, the only way to salvation.

Memorize each of the preceding Scriptures. Get each one inside you so that when you are presented with offers of “other ways to salvation,” you will be fully armed to counter with the truth—Jesus, the one and the only way to salvation.

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