Submitted by: Minister Monica Smith
Related Scriptures: Leviticus 1-5:26(27) & Isaiah 43:21-44:23
Salvation and devotion to Adonai are required to walk in the Spirit. Many of us understand that upon Salvation we are indwelled with the Spirit, but few of us realize that it is by devotion to Adonai that we walk by the spirit. To walk by the Spirit is the intentional offering of our devotion to the Lord as we surrender our lives to Him. It is a willingness to forget the things of the world and devote our attention to serving the Lord in Spirit and in Truth. Walking by the Spirit does not come by association, but by committing ourselves every day to the Spirit of G-d. It is a deliberate action that results in being united with the Father on a daily basis. Yeshua offered Himself for our Salvation; in thanksgiving we must offer our devotion.
We have been given a new identity in Yeshua. Our every thought and action must hinge on this truth. The Lord has made us a new creation; old things are passed away and all things are new (2 Cor.5:17). If we are not firm in this truth we will be subject to torment. When we recognize the old nature trying to rise we have to make a choice to agree with the Spirit that we have been given new nature and walk accordingly. This will require persistence and perseverance. It will teach us to be more sensitive to the Spirit and careful of our behavior as we continue to walk by the Spirit.
The old nature cannot torment us when we understand that we are no longer condemned. All of our sins have been covered by Yeshua’s blood; therefore we are no longer condemned. When the Lord exposes our sin we can be sure it is not to condemn us, but to reveal areas in our lives where our devotion to Him is being hindered. The Lord will to search out every area of our lives that gets in the way of our being faithful to Him. We do not have to give in to guilt or shame, but repent and continue in our devotion to the Lord. Our willingness to honestly examine ourselves shows that we are maturing in regards to ADONAI’s love. We demonstrate that love has achieved its goal by setting us free from the fear of condemnation.
Three Summary Points
Salvation and devotion to Adonai are required to walk in the Spirit.
We have been given a new identity in Yeshua. Our every thought and action must hinge on this truth.
The old nature cannot torment us when we understand that we are no longer condemned.