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Walking in the Spirit


Walking in the Spirit – Righteousness and Liberty in Jesus

Dive into 'Session 10: Walking in the Spirit' to discover the exhilarating freedom of living a life defined by righteousness in Jesus. This session explores what it truly means to be free from sin, offering insight into living a life that is not bound by rebellion but is characterized by the joy and peace of walking in harmony with God’s will. Embrace this journey with Jesus, where every step takes you further into a life of true liberty and righteousness.

In "Walking in the Spirit," we delve into what it means to live out a life of righteousness and liberty through Jesus Christ. This session explores the concept of sin, our liberation from its hold, and how to maintain a life that reflects our new identity in Christ.

Understanding Sin and Living Righteously

Living a life of freedom from sin begins with understanding what sin truly is. Sin, at its core, is rebellion against God, akin to Satan's rebellion in seeking to elevate himself above God. As believers, our heart is aligned with God; even when we falter, our fundamental identity is not as sinners, but as children of God.

  • Galatians 5:16 guides us to let the Holy Spirit lead our lives, steering clear of the sinful nature's cravings.

  • 1 John 3:6 emphasizes that living in Christ means we no longer live in rebellion against God.

What is Sin? Distinguishing Sin from its Fruit

It's important to distinguish between sin itself and its manifestations or fruits. The fruits of sin are actions like lying, hatred, and covetousness, but they are not the sin itself; they are the outcomes of a heart in rebellion.

  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and Galatians 5:19-21 list behaviors that stem from sinful rebellion, contrasting them with the life God calls us to.

The Origin of Sin

Understanding sin's origin helps us grasp its nature. The first sin wasn't in the Garden of Eden, but rather it was Satan's rebellion, as described in Isaiah 14:12-15. This passage paints a vivid picture of Satan's fall and sets the stage for understanding sin as rebellion against God.

Living Out Our New Identity

As believers, we are no longer defined by sin. We have a new identity in Christ, free from the rebellion that characterizes sin.

  • 1 John 3:9 reiterates that those born into God’s family do not live in habitual rebellion against God.

  • Reflect on your life: Do you still harbor a heart of rebellion, or are you living as a child of God, free from sin?

Confronting Different Types of Sin

Sin manifests in various forms, from unconscious sin to trespass, transgression, and iniquity. Each type represents a different level of rebellion against God.

  • Romans 5:17 and 1 John 2:1-2 assure us of the triumph over sin through Jesus Christ and His advocacy for us, even when we falter.

  • 1 John 1:9 and James 5:16 highlight the power of confession and the promise of forgiveness and healing.

Embracing a Life Above Sin

Living above sin is a journey. While Paul acknowledges the struggle in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 and Romans 7:18-25, he also points us to the solution in Jesus.

How to Walk This Out

Keeping our focus on Jesus is key. 2 Corinthians 3:18 encourages us to fix our gaze on Him, transforming us into His image and steering us away from sin.

  • Consider the bike riding analogy: focusing on the line (sin) can lead to faltering, but looking towards your destination (Jesus) keeps you on track.

  • Genesis 4:7 and James 4:7 remind us that sin is like a person waiting to control us, but we have the power to master it and resist the devil.

Practical Steps Forward

  • Reflect on the two pictures: one where sin overcomes us, and another where we acknowledge our misstep and continue walking in righteousness. Choose to live empowered, not overcome by sin.

  • Ask yourself: How can I more consistently focus on Jesus and my identity in Him to live a life above sin?

Reflect and Respond

Take a moment to reflect on how you're walking in the Spirit:

  • How does your understanding of sin as rebellion influence your daily choices and actions?

  • In what ways can you more actively resist the tendency to sin and instead focus on your identity in Christ?

  • Consider practical steps you can take to keep your focus on Jesus and walk consistently in the righteousness He provides.

As you journey through each day, remember that in Christ, you're not just avoiding sin; you're stepping into a life of freedom and righteousness. Embrace your identity as God's child, liberated from the shackles of past rebellions. Let your focus on Jesus guide your choices and actions, empowering you to overcome temptations and live a life that radiates the joy and freedom He promises. You have the strength in Jesus to rise above sin and walk confidently in the path of righteousness. This isn't just about steering clear of wrongdoing; it's about living fully in the vibrant, fulfilling life that Jesus has laid out for you. So go ahead, live courageously and joyfully in the Spirit, embodying the righteousness that is now yours in Christ.

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